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Jennifer Wolf

'Tis the Season for Giving

By December 9, 2013

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We've all got something to give -- whether it's a $10 cash donation, our kids' now-too-small winter coats and boots from last year, a couple of cans of soup, or a shoulder to lean on.

Girls donating to a food drive.

And it's not just about setting a good example, either. It's about recognizing that we're all part of a larger whole. All around us, there are people with greater needs than our own -- and, frequently, people who are willing to help, as well.

So as the calendar year draws to a close, consider getting involved in any way you can. Search online for single parent charities in your area or other organizations you believe in and want to support. Then, contact them directly to find out their needs. Even if you can't contribute financially, many non-profit organizations need help organizing donated goods, wrapping holiday gifts, and mentoring other single parent families. So don't discount your ability to participate -- if you have a heart for others, there's a place for you make a difference in your community.

And if you are in a position to donate financially, be sure to do your homework and find out what programs your contribution will fund. For a list of 501(c)3 charities that work with single parents -- to provide housing, support, financial assistance, and more -- read Charities for Single Parents: Where to Give This Year.

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