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Give The Gift of Comfort This Season

Busy marking gifts off your holiday shopping list? Join the club. ‘Tis the season of giving — and all the buying, wrapping and shopping that comes along with it.

We all know that it’s easy to get caught up in the idea of giving your loved ones the perfect gift during the holidays. So much that sometimes, we forget about the gift of giving back.

Never fear. There’s plenty of holiday spirit to go around.

Here are a few ideas of how you and your family can join together to give to others in need — all the while making cherished memories.

GIVE YOUR TIME
Feed A Needy Family
Put food on the table — and smiles on the faces of a hungry family near you. When you volunteer with Family-to-family.org, you get matched with a household in need.

Help The Homeless
The very idea of the holidays conjures up images of comfy homes, yummy food and happy family gatherings. But for the homeless, the holidays can bring on a sense of isolation. Fortunately, the National Coalition for the Homeless offers a number of ways for volunteers to combat homelessness by serving food at shelters, building homes, or offering job training. Give the gift of comfort this season.

Deliver A Hot Meal
Share a meal with a lonely person in need this holiday season when you sign up with Meals on Wheels’ food-delivery program.

Volunteer For Vets
There are plenty of ways to show your gratitude towards the veterans who put their lives on the line for our safety. Simply visit the Department of Veteran Affairs for more information on how to make their holiday season just a little more comfortable.

Befriend A Senior
More than 50 percent of senior citizens in nursing homes never get visitors, according to the Senior Source. Bring a sense of family to someone who doesn’t have one by volunteering in a center near you.

Make a Furry Friend
Volunteer with furry, loyal creatures who are waiting to find the purr-fect home. Find an animal shelter that needs your help here.


GIVE OTHERS GIFTS
The Salvation Army
Each holiday season, the Salvation Army amps up its fundraising efforts to help support the elderly, the homeless and other underserved populations. Join the cause today.

American Red Cross
“Give something that means something” when you get involved with the American Red Cross. Choose from many different charitable opportunities, which include vaccinating a child and buying phone cards for troops. Then, feel good for doing good.

Toys for Tots
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation collects gifts for children whose families are economically disadvantaged. No drop-off center? No problem. You can also start your own. Find out how to get involved here.

MyTwoFrontTeeth.org
Stumped by what to give this year? MyTwoFrontTeeth.org helps you figure out what to donate by posting requests from charities, preschools and day care centers. Find out more here.

Angel Tree
Angel Tree helps people in prison give their children gifts during the holiday season, to help ensure these separated families maintain a strong connection — despite the distance. To get involved, click here.


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