1. You have through Friday, Dec. 14 at 4:30 p.m. to donate men’s and women’s sized hats, gloves, scarves and socks to Volunteers of America, 1900 Point West Way, Suite 270, Sacramento. Donations of blankets and bedding also are accepted through the 14th. And if you are really ambitious, you can make a stocking for someone in need. Click here for more information, including what to put in the stocking. Too overwhelming to pull any of this together by Friday? Don’t fret. Donate money online. Really want to give something tangible? Call VOA at (916) 442-3691. If the need is great, they may still accept items as needed.
2. Help area foster kids have a brighter Christmas by donating a new, unwrapped toy to any Sleep Train Mattress Center by Sunday, Dec. 16. You also can donate online here.
3. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for The Salvation Army, then work off some of that holiday cheer you’ve acquired this month at the 6th Annual Fleet Feet Free Holiday Classic Sunday, Dec. 16. The 5k run starts and ends at Sutter’s Landing Park at 28th and A streets. It’s free, so there’s no medal and no event shirt, but Fleet Feet will be giving away “leftover” shirts gleaned from other races throughout the year. Show up at 8 a.m. to sign a waiver and get your random shirt; the run starts at 9 a.m. Afterward, enjoy a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. No promises, but one year they gave out pastries, too.
4. Planning to enjoy a day at the Sacramento Zoo? Bring some canned food or a toy and receive $1 off your admission through the month of December. The food and toys support Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services and Toys for Tots, respectively.
5. Raley’s and Bel Air are teaming up with News10 and Food For Families to help out the hungry. For every $10 bag of groceries you purchase, Food For Families will donate $20 worth of food to your local food bank. Need a stocking stuffer? Pick up an adorable teddy bear, complete with holiday-themed scarf around its neck, for $9.99 and Raley’s/Bel Air will donate $5 to Food For Families. Coffee lovers, when you purchase a bag of Raley’s Whoopie Pie Coffee, Raley’s/Bel Air, along with Rogers Family Company, will donate 50 cents to Food For Families.