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5 Ways to Make a Difference this Holiday Season
The holidays are here, and it is easy to get caught up with our own busy schedules. But it is important to remember those who are cold, hungry, and alone during what we may consider the happiest time of year. We have the power to make a difference, even if it is just bringing a smile to someone’s face during the holidays. Everyone can donate, even if it is a small amount. Or simply give the gift of your time. Take the opportunity to make someone’s holiday season a little brighter.

1. The Salvation Army
During the holiday season, the Salvation Army provides meals for those less fortunate. The work they do during the holidays includes providing the homeless with shelter, warmth, and food.
They also care for refugees who are far away from their home and their loved ones.
http://www.salvationarmy.org/ihq/christmas2016

2. American Red Cross
“Give Something that Means Something.”
When you donate to the American Red Cross it will be given to those affected by disasters of all magnitudes.
You can Donate here:
https://www.redcross.org/donate/

3. Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots is a “top-rated charity” that gives over 97% of the donations they receive to providing less fortunate children with toys, books, etc.
Besides making a monetary donation, you can also donate toys, host a Toys for Tots event, or volunteer at a Toys for Tots warehouse near you.
For more information visit their website:
https://www.toysfortots.org/default.aspx

4. Family Giving Tree
Family Giving Tree fulfills the holiday wishes of over one million San Francisco Bay Area Children through the Holiday Wish Drive.
They collaborate with over 500 schools and non-profits. You can help by donating, leading a drive, or volunteering.
See more Information at:
https://familygivingtree.org/holiday-wish-drive

5. Animals need love too!
Volunteer at your local animal shelter and help find loving animals a happy home for the holidays!
Click to find a shelter near you:
https://www.petfinder.com/animal-shelters-and-rescues/search