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Giving Back: Your 2015 guide to holiday giving

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HARTFORD -- The organizations listed below are looking for your helping in giving something this holiday season for families in need. As the season unfolds, we'll add more to this list.  If you know of an organization that is looking to help the need in your community, let us know at webstaff@fox61.com.

Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox will give donors of $50 or more a tshirt worn by the worn by Red Sox players and coaching/training staff.  For more information, go here.

The United Way of Connecticut says In Connecticut, 1-in-4 households have earnings that exceed the Federal Poverty Level but fall short of a basic cost of living threshold. They call these households ALICE—which is a United Way acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. You can find out ways to help here.

Operation Elf: New Unwrapped gifts and gift card donations may be dropped off at any of the following armories or National Guard facilities in Connecticut, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. If you need to make special arrangements to drop off toys, please feel free to contact us at our Operation E.L.F. hotline, 1-800-858-2677.          

"Three Square Meals" Food Fund Drive
Donations taken at all Ocean State Job Lot stores through December 31.
Customers at all Ocean State Job Lot stores are invited to make a donation at the registers, a portion of which will be matched by Job Lot to help combat food insecurity in their community.

Christmas kettle is The Salvation Army's most famous street campaign. It is most recognized during the Christmas season through its volunteers who stand outside of businesses and play or sing Christmas carols, or ring bells to inspire passersby to place donations of cash and checks inside the trademark red kettles, which will help others in need.

Holiday Meal Basket and Frozen Turkey Drive
The Spooner House annual frozen turkey and fixings drive for holiday meal baskets
Drop offs, Adams Hometown Markets in Derby, Milford and Shelton; Seymour Cinemas 12 and Starbucks in Shelton; L2 Innovate Computers and Technology in Ansonia; Super Stop & Shop in Ansonia and Shelton, First United Methodist Church in Shelton, Shelton Intermediate School, Seymour Middle School and the Chatfield-LoPresti Elementary School in Seymour and Smile Dental Centers in Oxford and Derby. Visit www.actspooner.org for updates.

New Haven
New Haven Reads is seeking donations to help mentor children. Find out more here.

Red Cross
Through the Red Cross holiday gift catalog, you can “purchase” a gift of fire safety training and the installation of 1 smoke alarm for $15.00.

Co-chairs Jason Hall, Brian Colwell, Jack Geary, Jason Stacoffe, and Doug Hannigan joined Santa at City Hall to officially kick-off their 50th Year of Toys for Tots in Milford.

Co-chairs Jason Hall, Brian Colwell, Jack Geary, Jason Stacoffe, and Doug Hannigan joined Santa at City Hall to officially kick-off their 50th Year of Toys for Tots in Milford.

You can contribute to your local Toys for Tots campaign in several ways. You can donate a toy at one of the area toy drop locations, host a Toys for Tots event at your home, office or other venue and collect toys for Toys for Tots, or volunteer at the local warehouse.

Holiday Giving Program
For the Westport Warm-Up Fund

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