Charity Events to Donate to in Hampton Roads This Holiday Season


The holidays are a busy time for everyone, but they are also an important time to give back. This year, take the opportunity to give something, even if it’s just a little bit of your time, to one of these events that all benefit good causes in Hampton Roads.

Thanksgiving Dinner with the Salvation Army

Donate some time to make Thanksgiving special for those in need this year at the Salvation Army. You can spread a little love and help serve a Thanksgiving meal at the Salvation Army’s Norfolk, Portsmouth, and 19th Street locations. You can also help on the Salvation Army’s mobile teams bringing meals to those who can’t travel to the shelters.

When: Nov. 22

Where: 5525 Raby Road, Norfolk, VA

2306 Airline Boulevard, Portsmouth, VA

203 West 19th Street, Norfolk, VA

ForKids Holiday Toy Drive with the Z104’s Stuff the Bus

For 13 years, Z104 has partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve: Toys for Tots Program, collecting more than 1 million toys for children in the Hampton Roads area …with Shaggy dedicating 110 hours collecting toys at various locations across Hampton Roads.

When: Nov. 23 – Nov. 30

Where: Locations vary

ForKids Holiday Toy Drive

Help bring a smile to a child’s face this holiday season by choosing something special to donate to the annual ForKids toy drive. You can give double by ordering toys using Amazon Smile and selecting “ForKids”—that will get Amazon to donate five percent of the cost of your purchase to ForKids.

NOTE: ForKids kindly asks that you not send any toy weapons like guns, swords or ninja sets.

When: Nov. 26-Dec. 10

Where: 2411 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA

GWC Brown Legacy Education Fund Black and Gold Ball

You get to bust out a tux for the Black and Gold Ball, but, as it has been for almost half a century, it’s much more than a fancy party. Proceeds from the event go to Alpha Phi Lambda’s scholarship commitments and its other educational funds.

When: Dec. 8

Where: Holiday Inn Virginia Beach

5655 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, VA

Granby Street Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl

Ugly sweaters? Good. Bar crawls? Good. For a good cause? Even better. When you buy a $25 ticket, you can choose whether you want a portion of the proceeds to go to the Norfolk SPCA or the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. Then all you have to do is show up with your ugly sweater and get ready to have a good time.

When: Dec. 15

Where: Granby Street, Norfolk, VA