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‘Tis the season to spread holiday cheer

It is that time of year when many reflect on the blessings and fortunes in their lives. While doing so, many get inspired by the spirit of the holidays and decide to give to others by volunteering and/or donating. My office, for example, is adopting a family to give gifts to in lieu of a traditional office gift exchange.

Although I donate year-round, there is something special about Christmas lights and music, candy canes, tinsel, and the ringing sound of the Salvation Army bell that puts my heart in the giving spirit.

If you are interested in donating gifts, money or time, there are a number of organizations that could use your holiday cheer. If you are interested in volunteering, the Bar Association of Baltimore City is hosting its annual Holiday Party for Children Living in Shelters on Dec. 16, its biggest event of the year. The BABC is in need of volunteers for this event; for more information call 410-539-5936.

If your schedule does not allow you to volunteer but you still want to partake in spreading holiday cheer, consider adopting a family or donating to organizations. Johns Hopkins has a program, for example, while the House of Ruth has a Wishlist for its shelter families.

For additional volunteering opportunities in the Baltimore area, click here.