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The 12 Days of Christmas Countdown: Day 2

We're counting down the days and double checking our list of chores pre-Christmas. Follow along and add your own tricks to keep this holiday on track. We visit the spirit of Christmas giving today.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, ways to spread the love, and 

'Tis greater to give than to receive. Don't believe it? Just try to ignore the endorphins released when the thoughtfulness of your actions bring a smile to someone's face or trigger thanks from a complete stranger.

The holiday season is nothing if not a time of giving. It's no secret among charities that generosity abounds this time of year and many organizations rely on holiday donations to carry them through not only this season, but the rest of the year, too. 

In Macomb Township alone, there are several organizations that serve the local area specifically by providing food, social services, monetary support and more to residents.

Here are a few ways to spread the love this year:

  • – Provides financial assistance for items such as food, cothing, rent/utility assistance, vehicle repair and educational assistance to local families and their children.
  • Animal Rescue – Through Dec. 29, Junior Girl Scout Troop 70329 from will collect new and gently used collars, leashes, blankets, towels, dog and cat food (dry and canned), litter, toys and monetary donations at .
  • – Community food pantry at
  • – Provides financial, advocac, and support services to the families with children or parents diagnosed with cancer. 
  • Chippewa Valley Educational Foundation – Fund mini grants to Chippewa Valley teachers to enhance classroom education and awards scholarships.
  • – Establishes endowments and makes grants to support township activities and organizations.
  • Friends of the Library – Fund special library programs, such as summer reading and Sunday concerts, as well as special purchases, such as e-readers.

While canned food donations are always accepted at the food pantries, grocery store gift cards and monetary donations are even better, as they allow pantry organizers to buy what is most needed at any given time. Nonprofits like Macomb Charitable Foundation appreciate gift certificates for bus passes, haircuts, fast food restaurants and plain old every-day needs.

Jennifer Szarejko December 14, 2011 at 02:09 PM
I always support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Michigan, Childrens Hospital in Detroit and Make A Wish Foundation, all in honor of my brother. Also, Salvation Army throughout the year and Habitat for Humanity.
Jenny Whalen (Editor) December 14, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Here's a few charities our Facebook readers support: Roseanna Ondra: Asia - Mission to Unreached Peoples, Ecuador, South America • HCJB World Radio, Indonesia, Far East Asia • Tel-A-Village, Middle East/Mexico • Operation Serve International (OSI), Beloved Bethesda members Dr. Chris and Jane Palacas, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Abigayle Ministries • Sterling Heights, Full Gospel Military Chaplains • United States & Overseas, Gateway to Glory Ministry • Clinton Township, Life Challenge • Detroit, Macomb County Jail Ministry • Mt. Clemens, Reconciliation Ministries Lynn Clendennin Tremaine: Turning point domestic violence shelter in Mt. Clemens Meagan Vanover: ‎Big Family of Michigan - awesome charity that supports local children in the foster care system

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