‘Tis the season…

…to be jolly (as Saint Nick would say). It’s also a season of giving. Giving thanks, giving time to be with our families, and maybe even most importantly, giving back to those less fortunate.

Donating to your favorite charities is always a kind-hearted thing to do, especially around holiday time. Here are a few Christmas-focused organizations that help those in need, and make sure that the Christmas spirit is well spread:

Angel Tree.  A program founded by Prison Fellowship, this organization donates gifts to children with incarcerated parents.

Christmas Wish Program. Located in Hawaii, this program helps children and their families experience a Christmas they deserve. Donations go to filling stockings, providing gifts, and helps put food on the table for less fortunate families.

Make-A-Wish Foundation. This national organization provides struggling children with the support they need. Make a one-time donation, monthly donation or whatever you can contribute so that these kids can have a Merry Christmas.

Toys for Tots. Provide a monetary donation, donate a toy, or request a toy for a child in need. With Hurricane Sandy’s recent passing, Toys for Tots is focusing on delivering the joy of Christmas to those affected by this natural disaster.

There are many other foundations and organizations that focus on providing help during the Christmas season. Please think of those less fortunate and spread Christmas spirit this holiday season.

While there is still time to donate before Christmas and the New Year arrives, there are already quite a few people and organizations that have already made a positive impact in the lives of others.

Here are some touching examples of how Greek life members are giving back this holiday season:

Santa visits Pi Kappa Alpha and the Boys and Girls Club. The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Florida State University hosted a Christmas party for children of the Boys and Girls Club. The fraternity also managed to raise over 1,100 canned goods for the First Harvest Food Bank.

No donation is too small. Regardless of the amount one donates, giving back to your community is greatly appreciated. Already having donated to other charities, the Xi Nu Phi chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority still had the time and kindness to donate money towards the Hurricane Sandy relief effort.

Save Our Jersey Shore. A Chi Omega sorority member at Ohio University, Katie Sullivan, has created and is currently selling “Save Our Jersey Shore” t-shirts, in an effort to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. So far Katie has raised over $700, and will continue to do so into the New Year.

With selfless efforts like these, it is inspiring to see so many people giving back, helping those in need, and sharing the spirit of Christmas.

Photo by: City of Marietta, GA

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