Give a Little, Get a Lot

'Tis the season for giving, folks. But we're not just talking about giving presents to loved ones and trying to woo your office crush. We mean giving back to the community. Whether you are helping out by making donations to the Red Cross ( to support hurricane relief or serving meals at a local soup kitchen (, every ounce of effort that you can give matters. One such program, Be a Santa to a Senior, ( is a quick and thoughtful way to spread holiday cheer to lonely or financially-challenged seniors in the days leading up to Christmas (700,000 to date). The program works with nonprofit agencies and local retailers to collect, wrap and deliver gifts to lonely and needy seniors in San Francisco on Christmas day. Visit the website for more on how you can help. If you have a car, the Salvation Army is looking for volunteers for its Christmas Meal Delivery, bringing food to 5,000 homebound individuals throughout the city. Many of these recipients are unable to attend congregate feeding sites due to mental and physical disabilities, and for some this meal visit might be the only company they receive today. Volunteer drivers should register online and require only a vehicle and a passenger to deliver meals. So put that car to a use in a way that's not just commuting and polluting.
Tue., Dec. 25, 8 a.m., 2012

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