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Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Local Non-Profits You Can Help Out 

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Don’t be a selfish asshole this holiday season. Give back a little. We rounded up a list of local (or locally-based) non-profits that could use your gift of time, money or other goods and services. And if you’re stuck on what to get the man or woman in your life that has everything, consider a donation to any of these organizations for the perfect, meaningful present. — Mary Tuma
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Operation Homefront: Founded in 2002, this non-profit provides food, auto and home repair, vision care, travel, transportation, moving assistance and financial help to struggling military families. View current needs online and donate to service member families. Other ways to give: donate non-cash gifts, organize a fundraiser or take part in sponsorship opportunities. operationhomefront.net
SAMMinistries: Volunteer to help the homeless with this interfaith ministry organization. They offer a range of volunteer opportunities as well as financial and in-kind donations. samm.org
San Antonio Food Bank: The SAFB provides emergency food support for Southwest Texas families in need. Coordinate your own ‘food and fund’ drive, apply to volunteer, take part in anti-hunger activism or make a financial donation to the city’s food bank. safoodbank.org
The Children’s Shelter: Part of United Way of SA and Bexar County, the center provides emergency shelter care, foster care, adoption, child abuse prevention and teen pregnancy programs. As a volunteer, visit and play with the children, help out with special events, host activities and take part in service projects like painting or landscaping. Assist by sending a monetary or in-kind contribution. The center also affords the opportunity to open your home to children in need by becoming a foster or adoptive family. childrensshelter.org
Arms of Hope: This Christian-based organization assists needy children and single-mother families by preventing homelessness, poverty and abuse. There’s two Texas facilities, including one northwest of San Antonio. Volunteer to help or donate clothing, household items, medical equipment and furniture. armsofhope.com
Wounded Warrior Project:  A national organization with a SA office that helps wounded service members through various programs, awareness and assistance. Join a volunteer project, register a fundraising event, become a run sponsor or send a thank you card. You can also make a one-time or recurring monthly financial donation. woundedwarriorproject.org
San Antonio Humane Society: This no-kill non-profit has been protecting injured, abused or abandoned animals until they’re ready for adoption since 1952 through shelter, medical treatment and rehabilitation. Aside from a monetary gift, to assist, you can serve as a community outreach volunteer, take dogs for a walk, help out with the ‘kitten cottage’ or ‘puppy palace’ or be a clinic volunteer. They also have opportunities to put your photography and videography skills to task. And don’t forget, you can always adopt a new furry friend right in time for the holidays. sahumane.org
Embassy of Hope SA: This faith-based non-profit provides a safe environment for victims of sex-trafficking and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation abuse by providing counseling, recovery, mentoring, education, life skills and court advocacy. The center lists needed donation items, internship opportunities, monetary donations and the opportunity to pay for a bus ticket for a survivor. embassyofhopecenter.org
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of South Texas: This one-on-one mentorship program connects children with a role model in the community. You can sign up to be mentor, enroll your child in the program or donate in a variety of ways. bigmentor.org
Goodwill of San Antonio: Give unwanted items (not just clothes) to one of the several Goodwill donation centers around town. You can also serve as a mentor or a community service volunteer or participate in a group volunteer program. The stores themselves can be great sources of inexpensive, worthwhile gifts. According to Goodwill, 90 cents of every dollar spent at its stores fund job preparation and placement, health services, financial literacy and job training/certification for struggling residents. goodwillsa.org
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Operation Homefront: Founded in 2002, this non-profit provides food, auto and home repair, vision care, travel, transportation, moving assistance and financial help to struggling military families. View current needs online and donate to service member families. Other ways to give: donate non-cash gifts, organize a fundraiser or take part in sponsorship opportunities. operationhomefront.net

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