Small ways you can make a big difference right now

Our thoughts naturally turn to giving over the holidays. Whether it’s giving presents to family or lending of our time to help those less fortunate, it’s the season of giving.

We asked a few local nonprofit organizations to put together a “wish list” for us. Just five things that could make an immediate impact for the people they serve. They aren’t asking for much.

Each “wish list” contains items that appear budget-friendly and easily attainable.

Captain Tawny Cowen-Zanders of the Massillon Salvation Army said these smaller donations combine to make a huge impact.

Her immediate thought when asked about her wish list for the Salvation Army? Warm coats for kids. Take a look and see if there’s a small way you can make a difference this holiday season — and throughout the year.


Executive director: Melissa Pearce
1. Set up donation boxes for used cell phones, food, etc.
2. New pillows, twin sheets, comforters
3. New plush animals
4. Grocery/gas cards
5. First aid kits

Donations accepted:
720 19th St. NE, Canton
For more information, call (330) 445-2000 or visit


Executive director: Greg Tesniarz
1. Paper towels
2. Copy paper
3. Distilled white vinegar
4. Lysol spray
5. Toilet tissue

Donations accepted:
7490 Edison St. NE, Marlboro Township
For more information, call (330) 935-2300 or visit


Captain:Tawny Cowen-Zanders
1. Coats for children
2. Men’s gloves (adult size)
3. Blankets
4. Toiletry items
5. Pillows

Donations accepted:
143 First St. SE, Massillon
For more information, call (330) 833-6473 or visit


Executive director: Jill Taylor
1. Infant clothing, size 0-3 months, onesies
2. Diapers (preemie to size 4)
3. Car seats
4. Similac Advance formula
5. Pack ’n’ Plays

Donations accepted:
4500 22nd St. NW, Jackson Township
For more information, call (330) 455-7500 or visit


Executive director:Tom Thompson
1. Digital cameras
2. Electric griddle
3. CD/cassette tape player, music CDs
4. Toaster oven
5. Arts materials

Donations accepted:
2213 14th St. NE, Canton
For more information, call (330) 452-8376 or visit


Executive director: Ron Klonowski
1. Desktop computer
2. Laptop computer
3.Toys/games (for ages 4-22)
4. Life jackets
5. Desk

Donations accepted:
4450 Belden Village St NW #307, Jackson Township
For more information, call (330) 492-5225 or visit

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