How to Sponsor a Family for the Holidays

This post for our company is going to be a little different than usual for our blog. And it’s because every year during the holidays we think about families in need. During the year, many of us can afford to buy ourselves what we need—or want. Then, we come to the holidays and decide on buying things for family and friends to give gifts we don’t need or want. In other words, our holiday giving can be  “something we are supposed to do.” Yet, there are families in our country in great need. So, with this post, if you have the ability, we want to share how to sponsor a family in need. Some people give to charity as gifts. In other words, they donate in the name of their friends or relatives. And we want to share with you how to do it if you wish.

Poverty in the U.S.

If you happen to be someone who cares about charity, you’ll learn how to sponsor a family. But, let’s discuss some of the facts first. According to Poverty USA, the following are some sobering realities:

  • The federal poverty threshold for a family of four is $25,700. That means many families in need. For instance, think of the minimum wage workers. Also, consider seniors on fixed incomes or people who lose their jobs. And, poverty affects people in cities to rural communities.
  • In 2018, 10.6 percent of men and 12.9 percent of women lived in poverty. For married couples, 4.7 percent lived in poverty. But, for single-parent households with no wife, the poverty rate was 12.7 percent. And, for single-parent families with no husband, the poverty rate was 24.9 percent. In other words, there are millions of families in need with underage children.
  • Also, people with disabilities represented 25.7 percent of families living in poverty. That’s almost 4 million people.

How to Sponsor a Family During the Holidays

We hope that you agree that as a nation, we can do better to help families living in poverty. And, one of the ways to support others is by remembering them this holiday season. Think of the millions of children who go hungry every day in the USA, but also around the world. Remember seniors who have to choose between feeding a pet that keeps them company or themselves. Consider people around the world in poverty and who die because of malnutrition. The following are just a few of the many where you can sponsor a family in need.

Doing Good Together

Founded in 2004, this organization engages both parents and children. Doing Good Together believes that when both parents and children work together toward a common good, it strengthens families and communities. To sponsor a family or child in poverty for the holidays, click here.

Sponsor a Family with a Veteran

Our veterans do so much for our country by putting their lives on the line. They too have families. And sometimes they have unique needs because of service injuries. Perhaps you would like to sponsor a family or veteran in need by visiting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Meals on Wheels America

Since 1954, Meals on Wheels has helped seniors living in poverty. Today, they support about 2.4 million seniors in communities across the country. If you would like to assist seniors, who often get forgotten, consider Meals on Wheels.

How to Sponsor a Family with The Salvation Army

One of the largest nonprofits where you can sponsor a family is through The Salvation Army. Because of their scale across the U.S., you can give children toys this holiday season. You can also provide grocery and food assistance, bill paying, or spread holiday cheer. If this interests you, take a look at the opportunities for holiday giving through The Salvation Army.

Family-to-Family

Established in 2003, the Family-to-Family nonprofit tackles hunger, literacy, and poverty-relief in the U.S. As a result, they do their work by providing food and other products for the basic necessities of people. To take a look at how you can support Family-to-Family, click here.

Finally, let’s remember something. Millions of people live in poverty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Seeking to sponsor a family, senior, or child in need during the holidays is valuable. But, it’s also important to share our gifts throughout the year. You can find out about the best charities with a simple Google search. Fortunately, Americans are very charitable, and we have many great groups, which you can research through platforms such as GuideStar or Charity Navigator.

 

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