Making a Difference this Holiday Season

Helping others in your community is a great way to make the holiday season brighter for those less fortunate, and a great way to teach your kids about the importance of serving others, too! Contact a local charity, hospital or homeless shelter to check on upcoming events or on ideas for your family to share this holiday season. The following organizations are other suggestions on getting involved:

Habitat for Humanity
Honor a loved one while helping people in need obtain decent, affordable housing -- give a Habitat for Humanity "Gift from the Heart." Send gift cards when you donate online! See also the site's list of other giving opportunities.

The Holiday Project
A national non-profit organization managed by volunteers who visit with people spending Christmas, Chanukah and other holidays throughout the year confined in hospitals, nursing homes, shelters, prisons and other institutions.

Project Twinkle
Now gearing up for the Christmas 2000 care gift distribution to supply activity gifts to children of needy families during the holidays this year. Last year, Project Twinkle surpassed its child outreach goal with the help of enthusiastic volunteers. Project Twinkle is right on target for Goals 2000! To distribute care gifts to 1,120 children this year; children who are ill, in crisis situations and needing a little twinkle for Christmas.

Make a Wish Foundation
Every donation, every contribution makes a difference in the lives of wish children, whether it's money, frequent-flyer miles, or in-kind gifts. Make wishes come true this season through one of the many 2000 holiday programs.

United Way
Visit your local United Way to explore community solutions, learn about health & human service issues, donate or volunteer, express your opinions and provide your thoughts on ways to get involved and help.

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