Let's be real: The holidays are here, but things don't feel as cheerful as they usually do. Americans who were already facing hardship under the nation's glaring wealth inequalities are now dealing with a new onslaught of troubles, brought on by the seemingly endless COVID-19 pandemic. If you're not sure how to help those in need during the holiday season, you can start by donating directly to the people in your community — friends, family, neighbors, and even strangers. However, if you're still unsure, here's a list of 10 organizations to donate to for Christmas 2020 to make someone else’s holiday jolly.
According to public health experts, the coronavirus has revealed and exacerbated American wealth disparities. "Because of the pandemic, we're able to see inequities within our communities that were already present much more clearly now," said Rupali J. Limaye, Ph.D, MPH, MA, the director of Behavioral and Implementation Science at Johns Hopkins University's International Vaccine Access Center, during a Dec. 3 media event. Since March 2020, over 8 million Americans have fallen below the poverty line, according to an October 2020 study from Columbia University, and as federal protections expire at the end of the year, a wave of evictions threatens to unhouse an estimated 30-40 million people — many of whom belong to Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities. Although everyone deserves love on the holidays, it's important to place those most in need at the forefront of your donations.