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10 local charities worth supporting this season

Donate the gift of volunteering for the holidays

Toys for Tots

Distribution nights: Dec. 14, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Dec. 15, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Location TBD. toysfortots.org

Collection bins will be present throughout the region in the holiday season. New toys accepted. Monetary donations also accepted.

Project Bundle-Up Polar Bear Jump

Jan. 1, 2019, time TBA. Point State Park. projectbundleup.org

Hit the icy three rivers water to bring warmth to those in need. Last year, the event raised $7,300 for Project Bundle-Up, which provides winter clothing to the less fortunate.

Light of Life Ministry Thanksgiving dinner

Nov. 22, 5 a.m.-7 p.m. 10 E. North Ave., North Side. lightoflife.org

Before eating too much and then passing out during football, consider serving a hot meal to those in need. Light of Life Ministry has been serving Thanksgiving meals to the needy for decades, and can always use volunteers. Sign up early – spots fill up fast.

65 Roses Sports Auction

Nov. 29, 6-10 p.m. 810 River Ave., North Side. www.cff.org/WesternPA

Raising money for cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that can lead to frequent lung infections, is a worthy enough cause. But this sports auction provides additional motivation with the guarantee of a personally autographed football from a current Pittsburgh Steelers player.

Family Volunteering at Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Dec. 15, 9:15 a.m.-12 p.m. 1 North Linden St., Duquesne. pittsburghfoodbank.org

Bring the entire family out to prepare food bags and learn the value of volunteering. The session includes a tour of the food bank. Comfortable clothing is encouraged.

Amen to Action, Meals for Hope

Nov. 23, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Downtown. amentoaction.org

Catholic organization hosting a pack-a-thon with the goal of packing 1 million meals for the hungry. The event is open to people of all faiths. 

Turkey Trot North Park

Nov. 22, 8-11 a.m. North Park Rose Barn, Pearce Mill Road., Allison Park. ourownhome.org

Enjoy a casual race around North Park before a big Thanksgiving dinner. Proceeds will benefit Our Own Homes, a local housing charity. Registration is $25, and participants must register by 12 p.m. on Nov. 7.

Mitzvah Day

Dec. 25. Registration opens Nov. 27. jfedvolunteer.org/mitzvah-day

The Hebrew word “mitzvah” means “acts of loving kindness.” Join the Jewish Federation Volunteer Center for the 18th annual Mitzvah Day and volunteer to help people and organizations in need of some good deeds.

12 Bars Charity Bar Crawl

Dec. 14. Location and time TBA. 12barsofcharity.com/pittsburgh

A bar crawl with the mission of raising as much money for local charities as possible. Money raised will go to charities like Animal Friends, Autism Speaks, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh.

WQED Cardigan Party

Dec 19, 6-9 p.m. 4802 Fifth Ave., Oakland. wqed.org

Come celebrate everything Fred Rogers at the Studio where he filmed his iconic show. Enjoy Mister Rogers-themed music and retro snacks. Party is for guests 21 and older.