How to Give.

Monetary gifts are a great way to empower other good Samaritans to help those in need during the Holidays.

Short on time? Do not feel you have the right skills to volunteer? Charitable groups with a year-round presence in your community, including the Salvation Army, Goodwill, local churches and food banks are all worthy choices for charitable activity. Their staff are experts in getting maximum benefit from the money you give. They can often find ways to balance the necessity of food and clothing with simple pleasures, such as a toy for a child, allowing families to briefly escape whatever hardships they deal with daily.

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