Amarillo has a ton of great charities. However, you will find some who need more help during the holiday season. Here is a list of some of the best charities to help out in Amarillo for the Holidays. Please let me know if you know of any that I have left out and I'll add them to the list.

  • Eveline Rivers Christmas Project

    The Eveline Rivers Christmas projects helps out underprivileged children with basic childhood needs.

    Volunteer opportunities are available for all ages and group sizes.

    Volunteer activities include sorting gently used clothing and coats, fitting children into coats, building, packing and wrapping boxes, cutting wrapping paper, surging or fringing blankets, packing cleanliness items, stuffing newsletters, putting together bikes or repairing gently used bikes, general clean up and of course delivery of gifts.

    These are just a few of the things volunteers at the workshop may be involved in. To volunteer call Melissa Hendricks 806-372-3985

  • High Plains Food Bank

    The High Plains Food Bank serves 29 counties in the Texas Panhandle. They distribute and average of 650,000 pounds of food in a month. That is a lot of food and a lot of hungry people. How can you help out the High Plains Food Bank? Donate non-perishable food items often.

    Right now, as they gear up for the Thanksgiving Holiday the HPFB is taking frozen Turkey donations at their location, 815 S. Ross.

    Coming up Dec. 5-10 is the Together We Can Holiday Food Drive at Market Street United on Georgia Street.

    As always you can always drop off non-perishable food items here at our studios at 6214 W. 34th. We are a permanent drop off location for the HPFB.

    If you would like to volunteer for the HPFB, they have several opportunities available.

    Product Recovery
    In this area, volunteers will help sort and clean donated product.  Volunteers can expect to some light lifting and some mild exertion during the time.

    Time: Monday - Friday 7am - 3pm (during these time,all volunteers MUST be 18 or older)
    Thursday 6 pm - 10 pm, and Saturday 9 am - noon (Ages Middle school or older, exceptions made)

    Sign up HERE!

    Kids Cafe
    In our Kids Cafes after school feeding programs is perfect for volunteers who would like to make a long-term commitment.  These volunteers will take 2 hours out of their day to help serve the meals at the various locations throughout the Amarillo area.  A background check is required for all who want to volunteer, making this a long-term commitment in as little as one day a week.

    Times: Various mostly 4 pm - 5:30ish

    Sign up HERE! (requires a meeting with Leigh Fuller, Director of Kids Cafe)

    You can also make a monetary donation to the High Plains Food Bank Securely online here.

  • Toys for Tots

    Helping out Toys for Tots is easy. Amarillo's Toys for Tots program is in a huge need of more donations for this holiday season. You can help out by purchasing new toys and dropping them in a convenient Toys for Tots drop off location.

    Toys R Us, Dollar General, Family Dollar and Big Lots are a few of the Amarillo drop off locations.

    See the entire list of drop off locations here.

  • Amarillo Teen Christmas

    While most organizations cover the younger children,Teen Christmas is an organiztion in the Texas Panhandle that serves ages 13-18.

    Teen Christmas provides a $50 gift card to each teen and they go on a supervised shopping spree at Wal-Mart to purchase new clothes and shoes.

    Last year Teen Christmas help out 400 kids, right now they only have the funds to help out 200.

    How can you help? By sponsoring a teen for $50.

    You can make a donation online here.

    You can also send your donations to the following addresses:

    Teen Christmas

    c/o Welcome Pardner
    PO Box 30926
    Amarillo, TX. 79120

    Stop by or mail your donation to:

    Access Community Federal Credit Union

    6401 South Bell Street
    Amarillo, Texas 79109

    201 Tascosa Road
    Amarillo, Texas 79124

    Interstate Bank
    5085 S Coulter Street
    Amarillo, TX 79119

  • Salvation Army Angel Tree/Kettles

    The Salvation Army Angel Tree will be at Westgate Mall starting tomorrow, November 18th at noon. Stop by the tree near center court in the mall and choose a child or children. Then go out and buy some of the things that they have wished for on their list. Simply return the gifts by the deadline and then the Salvation Army will deliver the gifts to the children.

    It is as easy as that, and you have made a child's Christmas perfect.

    Another way to help out the Salvation Army is to drop some change or cash in any of the Bell Ringers kettles. You can find them in front of the stores this holiday season.