- County’s Mangum-Howell Center holiday food drive is underway
Food donations can be placed in a collection barrel in the Mangum-Howell Center lobby until Dec. 12. Northwest Assistance Ministries will distribute nonperishable food, such as canned vegetables, fruits, meats, juices and cereals, to those in need during the holiday season. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (Mon.-Thu.), 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri.). Mangum Howell Center, 2500 Frick Road, Houston. 281-591-7830. www.hcp4.net
2. Northwest Assistance Ministries collects food, toys for holiday season
Northwest Assistance Ministries is collecting donations of canned and dry foods, frozen or refrigerated turkeys and donations of new, unwrapped toys in the original packaging to distribute to families with children age 12 and younger who are in need of holiday gifts.
Volunteer opportunities are available and food or toy pickups can be scheduled through NAM’s holiday coordinator. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.). 15555 Kuykendahl Road, Houston. 281-885-4555, ext. 3914. www.namonline.org
3. Toys for Tots locations active in Spring through mid-December
Since 1947, national nonprofit organization Toys for Tots has been collecting and distributing new, unwrapped toys for children in need. A number of sites in Spring and Klein are accepting toys in December. Visit www.toysfortots.org for information about the final drop-off day for each location.
4. Monetary donations for book drive are welcome
A project to collect books for Sheltering Harbour, a youth residential facility in Klein, netted over $3,000 in new books this week through children's literature company Usborne Books and More. Local contributors include Bear's Plumbing Service, Bob's Auto Express, Cunningham Gas Products and Hancock Family Chiropractic. Monetary donations for the book drive can be made here.
5. Volunteer year-round with these Spring and Klein organizations
For a list of additional organizations that may be seeking volunteers year-round as well as during the holiday season, see our 2017 Volunteer Guide.