Your Holiday Giving Guide

We are always inspired by the creative ways Austin neighbors bring joy and generosity to others in our community, especially during the holiday season. From assembling Welcome Home Baskets to holiday parties with impact, we decided to share six of our favorite ways that you are making Austin more vibrant for all!

Give a Home For The Holidays Gift

There’s no place like Home for the Holidays, and a Caritas of Austin gift is a great way to share the warmth and comfort of home with Austin neighbors who have experienced homelessness. See all of the options and donate a #HomeForTheHolidays gift here.

Have friends and family that are hard to shop for? Make a donation in their honor and we’ll send them an e-card!

Make a Welcome Home Basket

You can build a gift that changes lives. A Welcome Home basket contains basic household items that any person needs when they walk into their home for the first time after experiencing homelessness. Begin by getting a new laundry basket, and fill it with essentials like a sheet set, cooking utensils, a new towel and washcloth, laundry detergent, toilet paper, soap, and shampoo and conditioner.

Learn more and view other in-kind needs here.

Celebrate for a Good Cause

Organizing a “White Elephant” Party? Make charitable giving part of the party and fundraise for Caritas of Austin. Check out this guide page created by White Elephant Gifts related to this gift exchange tradition to show you how you can add a giving component to this holiday event.

Join us on December 20 for a holiday drink at Laid Back Give Back: An evening in benefit of Caritas of Austin hosted by GoodParty + Lumber Society at The Buzz Mill. $1 of each holiday drink menu item will benefit Caritas of Austin. Plus you can help assemble care kits!

Give Back While You Shop

Shop on AmazonSmile and make Caritas of Austin your charitable organization of choice. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, they will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice! Click here to learn how to make Caritas of Austin your charitable organization.

Share the love on social media

People in your network are looking for ways to give back, too. All month long, we’ll be highlighting ways people can give the gift of #HomeForTheHolidays this season, including honor gifts where we’ll send your loved one an e-card. Be sure to follow us and share posts throughout the month on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest news, events, and client successes.

Make 2019 a year of kindness

While donating is a once yearly tradition for many people, sustained monthly giving is a powerful way to support our work all year long. Consider setting up a monthly donation now that will make your next year of giving automatic – while providing meaningful, reliable support to programs that help Austin neighbors build well-being. Learn more about our monthly giving options.