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Donate Time or Money to Charitable Organizations in the Capital Region This Holiday Season

As you're planning your elaborate holiday meals, gifts, and parties, don't forget to think of those who are less fortunate this holiday season. Read on to see suggestions for worthwhile organizations to give back to this year in the Capital Region.

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Find Local & Regional Charities

ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

This is the regional office raising awareness and funds for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital located in Memphis, TN. Their mission is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of their founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.

2 Pine West Plaza, #202, Albany, NY 12205

Donate to St. Jude's today!

CAPTAIN Community Human Services

Based in the Capital Region, CAPTAIN Community Human Services is a nonprofit that offers over 30 programs and services that work to protect and nurture children and youth, strengthen families, connect seniors, feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and more. Your donation to the organization can help make a difference in the community this year.

5 Municipal Plaza, Suite 3, Clifton Park, NY 12065

Donate to CAPTAIN Community Human Services today!

Hannah's Hope Fund

The mission of Hannah's Hope Fund is to raise funding for research to find treatment and a cure for Giant Axonal Neuropathy (GAN). Donations will go towards research, drug and gene therapy, clinical trials, and more to find a treatment and a cure for all kids afflicted with Giant Axonal Neuropathy.

70 Railroad Place, #305, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Donate to Hannah's Hope Fund today!


The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The Northeast New York chapter serves eligible wish kids and their families in the area.

3 Washington Square, Albany, NY 12205

Donate to Make-A-Wish today!

Red Cross

Eastern New York Region - The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

33 Everett Road, Albany, NY 12205

Donate to the Red Cross today!

The Salvation Army

The traditional red kettle is an integral part of the Christmas scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless, in keeping with the spirit of the season. Donations provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need.

1757 Route 9, Halfmoon, NY 12065

Donate to the Salvation Army today!

Toys for Tots

The mission of the Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Donate to Toys for Tots Today!

United Way of the Greater Capital Region

United Way of the Greater Capital Region maintains its commitment to address the root cause of problems and focus on the building blocks for a good life so our children have a bright future and our community remains an attractive place in which to live, work, raise a family and conduct business.

1 Steuben Place, Albany, NY 12207

Donate to United Way today!

More Charities

There are also plenty of opportunities to donate while you are doing your holiday shopping. Next time you're at the checkout line and are asked if you would like to donate $1 to a certain charity, don't just say ok, ask if you can give a little more. When you see the bell ringer with the red kettle, instead of offering the quarter in your pocket, grab a buck.

This list offers a great selection of charities, but there are also many others in the area that would be great to give to. Please let us know of any other charities or opportunities to make a difference this holiday season.

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