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8 Ways to Give Back in Memphis This Holiday Season

Donate to the MAM Christmas Store

Help Memphis Athletic Ministries make the last bit of 2020 merry and bright for its families by helping them stock the MAM Christmas Store with all sorts of goodies that would make this season memorable for the kids and their parents.

Make a donation here

Memphis Child Advocacy Center

There are many volunteer opportunities available with MCAC such as preparing child hygiene kits or organizing supplies for prevention training—but considering the time of year it is, why not give the gift of a great holiday season by collecting items on a child’s wishlist or helping with decorating the center for the holidays.

For more information, contact Tiffany Hogan, Development Director at 901.888.4383 or send an email here.

Photo: Humane Society of Memphis

Mid-South Food Bank

There are a number of ways you can help Mid-South Food Bank eliminate hunger this season. You could donate directly to their Holiday Food Drive, which provides 30 nutritious meals for every $10 donated. You can extend the holiday cheer to your loved ones by sending them one of MSFB’s Holiday Cards ($10)—each card provides 30 meals. You could even send your folks a Cookie Letter which provides 150 meals for our hungry neighbors for just $50.

Help a Furriend in Need 

There are plenty of fur babies waiting to be adopted or fostered from the Humane Society and Memphis Animal Services, but if taking on a pet is too much for you at the moment, there are still ways to make sure these animals are getting what they need to live happy and healthy lives.

Caring for animals requires a lot of food and supplies, and the Humane Society has made it easy for you to help keep them stocked up on necessary supplies by creating an Amazon Wishlist. Mark some items off the list.

Not only that, but the Humane Society and Memphis Animal Services have joined forces with the Shelby County Animal Welfare Coalition to launch a temporary pet food pantry to assist pet parents residing in Shelby County who’ve lost income due to COVID-19 restrictions. See where to drop off donations here.

Room in the Inn

In response to the rising number of Covid cases, Room in the Inn is making alternative arrangements for the homeless women that seek refuge in their space. Emmanuel United Methodist Church along with many other local congregations will provide emergency shelter and meals every Saturday night during the “winter” months (November 1 – March 31) of the regular RITI season, and you can support their efforts as a volunteer. 

Click here to see their December 5th opportunities. 

Click here to see their December 19th opportunities. 

Click here to keep up with the rest of their upcoming volunteer ops. 

First Congo Food Justice Ministry  

From packing sack lunches and helping to keep their food pantry stocked with groceries, to tending to their community gardens which provide fresh flowers, veggies, and herbs, your work with First Congo helps distribute food to our homeless community.

Reach out to Step Rollen, the Director of Food Ministries, if you’re interested in volunteering in one of the food ministries or if you have food to contribute.

Photo: St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen

Saint Mary’s Soup Kitchen

St. Mary’s Catholic Church Soup Kitchen in Memphis, TN has been operating continuously since 1870—and you can help them keep up the work in two ways: 1. Commit to donating $1/day that will go towards providing a hungry Memphian with a hot meal or 2. sign up to be a Soup Kitchen Volunteer where you’ll prepare and serve food, and clothes.


In response to the pandemic, many Memphians have stepped up as patrons to help serve MIFA clients, and you can do the same. Whether it’s delivering meals, or cloth masks for senior citizens, or simply calling to check in on clients, there are a number of ways you can assist during this challenging season.

Learn more about their volunteer offerings here.

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