Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick volunteered at Food Bank For New York City this Thanksgiving. You can donate to the cause by "liking" NewYork.com on Facebook. (image via)
Between shopping incentives, charity galas, and a flurry of social media campaigns, giving back this holiday season in New York is easier than ever. Here are five little ways to make a big difference in the lives of others.
1. "Like" NewYork.com's Facebook Page to Support Food Bank For New York City
Thanksgiving may be over but 'Likes' Giving is still on a roll. Help feed hungry New Yorkers by simply "liking" NewYork.com's Facebook page. For every like, the organization will make a donation to the Food Bank for New York City. The campaign continues through December 18. Like the page here.
2. Tweet #Uglysweater to Support Stand Up for Cancer
Ugly sweaters are a holiday tradition, but did you know they can also raise money for Stand Up to Cancer? SUTC invites you to throw your own ugly sweater fundraising bash, or to just wear yours for a few days, and pledge a per day donation collected from family and friends. You can share your sartorial hijinks with #uglysweater on social media. Learn more here.
3. Shop Theory and Jonathan Adler's Collections to Benefit (RED)
Theory and Jonathan Adler are among the companies who have partnered with Bono and Bobby Shriver's AIDS fundraising organization (RED) this year. The campaign aims to raise funds and awareness about how we can deliver the world's first AIDS Free Generation in over 30 years. As such, Theory serves up a (THEORY)RED gift card, plus a capsule collection of (RED) Theory classics, with 25 percent of the retail price going to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS. Meanwhile, through December 24, get your home décor gifts from the (JONATHAN ADLER)RED holiday capsule collection, which will donate 10 percent of sales to the Global Fund. Lean more here.
4. Party at the charity: water ball to Fund Clean Water for Malawi
With illustrious chairs and hosts like Lauren Bush Lauren, HRH Princess Beatrice of York, TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie, and Napster co-founder Sean Parker (remember when Justin Timberlake played him in The Social Network?), the eighth annual charity: water ball takes place Monday, Dec. 16, at the Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Money raised during this year's event will fund clean water projects in Malawi. Tickets range from $250 to $1000 and are available here.
5. Send a Text Message to Support Ample Harvest
Want to donate to local food pantries that help feed Americans in need throughout communities across the country, including New York? Just text "Give4" to 79008 and Beaulieu Vineyards will donate a dollar to Ample Harvest, up to $50,000 total. The campaign continues through the end of the year. Learn more here.