Christmas is the season of giving

Christmas is the season of giving. People spend inordinate amounts of time and money shopping, searching for the perfect gifts, shopping for delicacies for Christmas dinner, and giving parties.

Lost in the swirl of holiday chaos, constant consumer ads, and the bustle of shopping are charities, who try to take advantage of the giving season.

Chicago celebrities and personalities are hitting the air waves, promoting their favorite charities and charity events before Christmas Day and the goodwill passes.

You are stretched for time and money this close to Christmas, but you can still give a little. Even ten dollars goes a long way for some of these charities.

Maybe you can just do the easy thing. Pick up a few sandwiches and give them to homeless people you encounter. Christmas is the time of giving. Remember to give to those less fortunate, the most vulnerable in our society.

If you cannot donate money, donate time. Volunteer at a charity or charitable function. Make volunteering one of the New Years resolutions you keep.

Here is a list of worthwhile charities that help those in need:

Chicago Tribune Charities

Salvation Army Chicago

Chicago Police Memorial Foundation

Chicago Cubs Charities

Chicago Blackhawks Charities

Chicago White Sox Charities

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Greater Chicago Food Depository

After School Matters

Streetwise

USO

PAWS

100 Club of Chicago

Meals On Wheels Chicago

Catholic Charities Chicago

Little Brothers Friend's of the Elderly

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