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Caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it can be easy to forget how incredibly fortunate we are. While we’re hopping between parties and giving and receiving presents, people everywhere are struggling. Here are six ways to help out those in need this season.

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Make a Donation
If you’re fortunate enough to have money to spare, one of the best ways to give back to the less fortunate is by donating funds. We suggest doing some research on Charity Navigator to find out what causes are doing what work, but a few great options are Feeding America (a nationwide network of 200 food banks across the U.S.), The Birthday Party Project (which throws birthday parties for children living in homeless and transitional living shelters) and Best Friends Animal Society (which is leading the no-kill movement in the hopes of making every shelter no-kill by 2025).

Give Blood
Even if you don’t have extra money to donate, you can still help out people in need by donating blood. If you’re eligible, the whole process should take under an hour and could be the difference between life and death for a person in need. Here’s where to find a donation center near you. On a similar note, consider getting certified in CPR. Hopefully you’ll never have to put your knowledge into action, but should an emergency strike, you could make a huge difference in someone’s life just by knowing what to do.

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Help the Victims of the California Wildfires
The 2018 wildfire season is the most destructive and deadly wildfire season on record in California. Whether or not you live in the Golden State, there are lots of ways to help, from providing food and shelter to displaced families to donating money to support volunteer firefighters. Here are eight ways to help out.

Or Migrant Children Seeking Asylum 
Thousands of migrants from Central America have been waiting at the Benito Juarez Sports Complex in Tijuana, Mexico, to apply for asylum. Many migrants, including children and babies, wait weeks or months with limited access to food, water, health services and other basic supplies. To help, consider supporting an organization like Border Angels by donating items like children's clothes, blankets and diapers through digital registries.

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Buy Gifts That Give Back
From a box of chocolates that supports Relief International in Darfur to a sleek leather tote bag that provides meals to children in need, consider gifting presents that have some sort of charity component. Here are ten fabulous options.

Stand Up for Women
If you haven’t noticed, it’s kind of a tricky time to be a woman. To support your fellow ladies, consider giving back to causes that stand up for women’s rights, like Planned Parenthood or the Center for Reproductive Rights. Other notable female-centric causes that could really benefit from your donation? The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The National Women’s Law Center and Dress for Success.  

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