Ways to lend a holiday helping hand

Put the “fun” in fundraising this holiday season with this round-up of local events!

Ryan Strong Presents: Santa’s Soldiers

5-7 p.m. Dec. 3

Mission BBQ, 11000 Roosevelt Blvd.

Make holiday cards for deployed soldiers to show your support. Attendees will receive a free slider in exchange for an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots or an item for a soldier care package; http://bit.ly/2k3iV0p .


La Luna Ball: A Night Under the Stars

7-11 p.m. Dec. 3

University of Pennsylvania-Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St. 

The university’s Beta Epsilon Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., will present its third-annual St. Jude’s benefit. The evening will include performances, dancing and Latin food; http://bit.ly/2hS1f3D .


Beer & Cupcakes

8 p.m.-midnight Dec. 8

Tattooed Mom, 530 South St.

Enjoy adult beverages and seasonal baked treats at the annual event. Proceeds will support Mazzoni’s client emergency fund, which provides homeless youth with winter clothing and emergency basic-needs items, and to purchase toys and coats for children impacted by HIV. Admission is free; http://bit.ly/2hT6yzQ.


TOY 2017

7-10 p.m. Dec. 9

Sky Philadelphia, 1717 Arch St. 

Read more about DVLF’s annual fundraising gala and TOY drive here and visit  www.dvlf.org/toy to purchase tickets.


Christmas Toy Drive

10-11 a.m. every Sunday through Dec. 24

Life Changers Church, 6353 Germantown Ave.

The church will collect toys and donations for St. Christopher’s Hospital. Interested donors can drop off donations during one of the church’s services or call 267-385-6356 to arrange a drop-off; http://bit.ly/2A7wja4 .


Holiday Toy Drive at Eastern State Penitentiary

Daily through Dec. 24

2027 Fairmount Ave.

The penitentiary partners with Philadelphia FIGHT’s Institute for Community Justice to collect toys and children’s books for local children whose parents are incarcerated. All donors will receive a second free ticket with one paid admission; http://bit.ly/2n5FRxs


Gift Wrapping at Liberty Place

11 a.m.-7 p.m. through Dec. 24

1625 Chestnut St. 

Variety-the Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley is requesting volunteers for holiday gift-wrapping. Contact Kristin Podwojski at [email protected] for more information. 


Subaru Share the Love’s Food Drive

Through Dec. 29

Various Subaru locations 

The automobile manufacturer is collecting nonperishable food items for homebound seniors. Visit http://bit.ly/2Aahzab for a list of drop-off locations and items to donate.