article picture giving backAll year long we highlight different types of charities. From providing fishing trips to methods of transportation. Each group in their own way touches the lives of those who need it most.

This month, instead of choosing one to highlight we thought we would list a handful of our favorites. These charities allow you to make a difference in someone’s life this holiday season. Whether it’s as simple as a toy donation or getting involved with feeding the local communities, these simple acts of kindness can make the world of difference to others.

So this season think of a different kind of gift.  Get involved, donate your time, be the difference in the world you want to see. You might be amazed at the gift these people give you.

giving back blog picToys for Tots- The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Red Cross Blood Donation-The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Reach Out and Read-The program serves more than 4 million children and their families across the nation, with a special emphasis on serving those in low-income communities. In June 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics declared literacy promotion to be an “essential component of pediatric care” for all children, referencing Reach Out and Read as an effective intervention to engage parents and prepare children to achieve their potential in school and beyond.

Operations Santa Claus-The County of Orange Operation Santa Claus program provides gifts and toys to children in foster care, group homes, needy children in transition who are abused, neglected, physically or mentally challenged, or homeless in Orange County. Disadvantaged families and at risk youth also benefit.

Happy Holidays.