Discover 4 local charities that could use your help in a variety of ways.

Do you ever ask yourself how you can make an impact in your community? As a credit union, one of our mottos is People Helping People. One way we follow this ideal is through helping local charities. Redstone employees recently packed nearly 300 bags with much needed items to donate to the Harris Home for Children, Floyd E. "Tut" Fann State Veterans Home, First Stop and Mended Little Hearts. These charities are still in need, and you can make an impact!  

People Helping People: 4 Ways to Give Back

March 6, 2017

Do you ever ask yourself how you can make an impact in your community? As a credit union, our philosophy is People Helping People. One way we do that is by helping local charities. Redstone employees recently packed nearly 300 bags with much needed items to donate to the Harris Home for Children, Floyd E. "Tut" Fann State Veterans Home, First Stop and Mended Little Hearts. These charities are still in need and you can make an impact!

Redstone's donations will definitely make an impact on these charities, but they are still in need of your help!

Even something as small as a bag of cookies or crayons can help someone in need have a better day. 

No matter how small of an action, you could make a difference to these amazing charities and the people they serve. They are constantly in need of hands-on help and volunteers, and always open to your donations. Something as simple as donating a coloring book or blanket could help bring joy to someone in our community. Your time, money, effort and support is greatly appreciated by all of these organizations.

Harris Home for Children



Harris Home for Children is a foster care institution and child placement agency located in Huntsville, Alabama. They provide a wide array of programs and services for abused, neglected, and abandoned youth between the ages of 12 and 21. Their mission is to provide the highest level of foster care, therapeutic care, and educational services to help the children of Alabama achieve their full potential.

Donations needed: Throw blankets, scarves, gloves, chapstick, drink tumblers, pens, nail polish, nail polish remover, journals, cookies, magazines, socks, cookies, headphones, AA batteries, and AAA batteries.

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Floyd E. "Tut" Fann State Veterans Home



Floyd E. "Tut" Fann State Veterans Home is a long-term care facility that provides cost-effective services and a continuum of care for our American Veterans. They are always in need of donations to help care for and provide for their residents. They have 150 residents, of which only 2 are women. 

Donations needed: Travel size toiletries, including body wash, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, and body lotion. Snack items such as applesauce, pudding, cheese crackers, chips, sugar-free items, but please no nuts.

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First Stop



First Stop was established in 2001 to help support and empower homeless persons throughout Huntsville/Madison County. Their goal is to help the homeless find confidence and strength to take control over their own life or situation. They provide case managers, create employment options, help facilitate the transition from the street to permanent housing, and provide life-management-skills training.

Read next: A Visit to First Stop

Donations needed: Packs of instant hot chocolate/coffee/soup, crackers, Ramen noodles, travel size toiletries, toothbrushes, toothpaste, Vienna sausages, chips, snack crackers, gloves, hats, ponchos, hand warmers, and bottled water. 

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Mended Little Hearts



Mended Little Hearts is a nonprofit, volunteer led program providing hope and support to children, parents and families affected by congenital heart disease. Their mission is to empower families affected by congenital heart disease (CHDs) through peer-to-peer support services, education, connecting families with resources, creating awareness and advocacy. 

Donations needed: Puzzle books, pens and pencils, journals, coloring books and crayons, decks of cards, hand sanitizer, tissues, ready to microwave meals/snacks, easy mac, individual oatmeal packs, granola bars, cheese crackers, gum and mints.

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Awareness is one of the most powerful tools a charity has. Help us spread awareness for these local charities by sharing this article! Whether you email it to a friend, share it on social media or mention one of these charities in conversation, that one moment can help start a movement!

Do you support a charity that helps individuals in the Tennessee Valley? Share information about your favorite charity in a comment below.

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Looking for Volunteer Opportunities?

Check out our Charity Finders posts to learn more about local charities that could use your help! Find out how you can get involved with these great organizations throughout the Tennessee Valley. 

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