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2012 Season of Giving

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ALBANY, N.Y. - During the holiday season, it's easy to get caught up in gift-buying, vacation planning and decorating. But it's also known as the time to spread cheer - and NEWS10 has begun to compile a list of ways you can give this holiday season in both your local community and nationally.

If we've missed an event or charity that you would like to see added to the list, please leave a comment in the comments section at the bottom of the page and we'll be sure to add it in!

LOCAL:

ALBANY COUNTY

-3rd Annual Capital Region Festival of Trees – The event, held by Family & Children's Services of the Capital Region, features trees sponsored and decorated by Capital region business, organizations, and individuals that will be on display to the public throughout the festival.

The trees will be on display at 650 Warren Street in Albany from November 30, through December 9. Visitors are encouraged to being a donation to help support the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.

-29th Annual Dancing in the Woods Gala – The gala benefits the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Albany Medical Center. The event will be held at the Riverview Center on Broadway in Menands on December 7, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Tickets are $175 per person in advance and can be purchased online, over the phone at #518-262-8892, on by email at WilkinM@mail.amc.edu.

-Cheer for Children – Each year, the firefighters of Cohoes hold a Cheer for Children toy drive, collecting new and used toys to distribute to hundreds of children within the community. Toys as well as monetary donations can be dropped off at the Central fire Station located at 25 Central Ave. in Cohoes.

On December 8, Cohoes fire Department members will be in the parking lot of The Family Dollar on Saratoga Street collecting new toys and monetary donations from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on December 9, they'll be collecting used toys from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

-Holiday Bowl – A benefit for the Center for Disability Services, Holiday Bowl will be held on December 9 and friends, families and bowling enthusiasts are encouraged to participate.

The cost of $20 per person or $60 for a family of four includes pizza, soda/water, shoes and bowling. Prizes ranging from tickets to U-Albany Basketball and RPI men's hockey are available.

The event will be held at Spare Time Lanes, 375 Troy-Schenectady Road in Latham from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

-Mohawk Hudson Humane Society – During the winter season even animals need a little help. At this location you can donate funds, donate goods, or volunteer your time.

-Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region – This organization "promotes the health, development, and wellbeing of children and their families."

They accomplish this by offering a home away from home for families of seriously ill children. You can donate funds, donate goods, or volunteer your time to the organization.

BENNINGTON COUNTY

BERKSHIRE COUNTY

-Berkshire Humane Society – The Berkshire Humane Society needs help decorating its online "Shelter Tree." They're aiming to reach a goal of $15,000, and by purchasing a present, a paw or lights for the tree through PayPal, you can help.You can also donate funds throughout the year.

COLUMBIA COUNTY

-Columbia – Green Humane Society/SPCA – Even animals need a little help around the holidays, especially those without a home to call their own. You can help this local animal by either donating funds, or any of the following items:

  • SPECIAL NEED: Dry cat food and dry dog food
  • Blankets/Towels
  • Canned cat and dog food
  • Cat and dog toys
  • Cat and dog treats
  • Rawhides
  • Cat litter
  • Bleach
  • Laundry detergent
  • Paper Towels
  • Newspaper
  • Postage stamps
  • Sponges and rubber gloves

FULTON COUNTY

GREEN COUNTY

-Columbia – Green Humane Society/SPCA – Even animals need a little help around the holidays, especially those without a home to call their own. You can help this local animal by either donating funds, or any of the following items:

  • SPECIAL NEED: Dry cat food and dry dog food
  • Blankets/Towels
  • Canned cat and dog food
  • Cat and dog toys
  • Cat and dog treats
  • Rawhides
  • Cat litter
  • Bleach
  • Laundry detergent
  • Paper Towels
  • Newspaper
  • Postage stamps
  • Sponges and rubber gloves

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

-Kristy Pollak memorial Christmas Lights – An Amsterdam Tradition, the drive-thru display of lights is back for a 14th season beginning November 21 through January 1, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m on Lyon Street.  

Special ceremonies will be held on December 7, starting at 5:30 p.m., highlighted by the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on a fire truck at 6:30 p.m.

Donations are accepted in lieu of an admissions fee to benefit Make-A-Wish Northeast New York, and help fulfill wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions from Fulton and Montgomery Counties.For more information about the light display, call #843-1841.

RENSSELAER COUNTY

SARATOGA COUNTY

-Saratoga County Animal Shelter – You can help out the animals at the Saratoga County Animal Shelter by volunteering your time, donating goods, or donating funds.

SCHENECTADY COUNTY

-Schenectady County SPCA – Don't forget to help the animals that can't help themselves – you can donate, adopt, or volunteer at the Schenectady County SPCA.

SCHOHARIE COUNTY

WARREN COUNTY

WASHINGTON COUNTY

NATIONAL:

-American Red Cross – Possibly the most recognizable charity on this list, the American Red Cross offers help year-round and anyone willing to help can donate, volunteer or help raise funds.

-The Salvation Army – While out shopping during the holiday season you can donate to the Salvation Army at any of their red kettles – you can also find other ways to give and volunteer on their website.

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