Volunteering and donating in Swampscott is a great way to give back to others and spread holiday cheer and warmth in your community.
Donating your time or giving a special holiday gift to a family or child in need can make a big impact.
There are lots of ways to help make the holidays truly special for those who are less fortunate. You can pack a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child, adopt a family through The Salvation Army or donate to Toys for Tots.
Here are a few places that are in need of holiday volunteers in Swampscott:
Volunteer at the local animal shelter: the Friends of Marbelhead's Abandoned Animals. 781 631-8664
Donate nonperishable food or $1 at the Swampscott Town Hall as part of its annual gingerbread house contest that feeds hungry people at My Brother's Table in Lynn.
Donate a toy Saturday at the Swampscott Holiday Parade. The Swampscott Police Association will be collecting items for the Toys for Local Children program at Swampscott High at 5 p.m.