friday five: the season of giving

Congratulations – you did it! You made it to Friday and the weekend is so close you can practically taste it.

You know what that means… time for another edition of the Friday Five, featuring five ways you can help make a difference this holiday season.

While Christmas brings great sales and empty wallets, it’s important to remember that there are those who are greatly in need. So give up on going out for lunch one day this week or pass on that happy hour in order to spread some much needed holiday cheer.

1. The Humane Society of the United States. It’s an ambitious goal, but we at The HSUS are trying to raise $1.5 million by Dec. 31 to help support our life-saving efforts to shut down puppy mills, end dogfighting, retire chimpanzees from biomedical testing and reduce the suffering of animals on factory farms. If you haven’t seen the heartwarming story of Billy yet, a breeding dog that was rescued from a puppy mill where he was left to die in a cage that had been rusted shut, please check it out.

What a cutie.

Warning: you should probably have some tissues ready. A donation helps animals like Billy have a second chance at a better life.

Want to meet Billy and Adam? Don’t miss today’s livestream, adorable dubbed “Billy Cam.”


2. U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. While you’re out shopping at the mall for hours picking up gifts for your loved ones, consider picking up a gift for children in need. Or, you can make a donation online to support the program’s efforts. This is a great way to help make sure every child has the Christmas they deserve.

Find a Drop-Off Center near you.

3. Feeding America. It can be easy to forget there are others who are going hungry this holiday season while you’re circled around a table with a festive feast. Feeding America gives 2 billion pounds of food to hungry families every year. So while you’re writing up your Christmas grocery shopping list, be sure to pick up a few non-perishable items, ranging from canned fruit and vegetables to coffee and tea, to donate to your local food bank.

4. American Red Cross’ Holiday Mail for Heroes. We often take for granted being home for the holidays, surrounded by all of our loved ones. Sometimes something as simple as a personalized, handmade card can help brighten up the holiday season and Christmas spirit. This program allows you to send a thoughtful card to American service members, veterans and their families.


5. Good Morning America’s “Warm Coats & Warm Hearts Drive.” While the December weather may be throwing you for a loop lately, the biting cold of winter will be blowing down the door very soon. If you have new, gently used or homemade coats sitting around, consider giving them to those in need. I guarantee it’ll make your holiday season feel that much warmer.

Happy Friday everyone. Here’s to the season of giving.


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