The holiday season is in full swing and the Christmas spirit is in the air. Through the hustle and bustle, parties, and celebrations, this is the perfect time to count your blessings and consider those not as fortunate.

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The gift-giving season doesn't necessarily mean just amongst family and friends. The holiday season is also a perfect time to brighten someone else's day. Considering the ups and downs of the past year, many non-profit organizations in our community have felt the pinch of reduced fundraising efforts and donations, and they need our help.

Supporting local charities, especially at Christmas, is a perfect way to embrace the spirit of the season and truly "gift" someone in a special way. You may even consider skipping the boxes and bows and donating to a charity in a family member or friend's name, allowing them to be part of the giving season right along with you.

From helping children suffering the unthinkable to providing shelter on a cold winter's night, local charities need your help more than ever this year. Your generosity, no matter the size, can make an enormous difference in the lives of those supported by these remarkable organizations. Whether it's through donations, volunteering, or simply spreading the word, let's come together and make this holiday season brighter for everyone in our community!

Not sure who to donate to? We've put together a list of local charities that you can support.

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