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Celebrate the holiday season by giving the greatest gift of all — compassion. By donating toys and food, or taking the time to volunteer, you can make a big difference in someone's life and spread some cheer. Here are some of the ways you can help.

Marine Toys for Tots Foundation: The nonprofit public charity is collecting new, unwrapped toys through December to help children in need for the holiday season. For more information, visit santa-rosa-ca.toysfortots.org.

Toys For Kids: Santa Rosa and Rincon Valley Fire station are taking toys and distributing them to elementary school age children throughout the greater Santa Rosa area. To donate visit any Santa Rosa or Rincon Valley Fire Station. Look for the collection barrels in front of the stations. Santa Rosa Plaza Shopping Center, Firefighters and their families will be collection cash donations and un-wrapped toys from Dec.5 through Dec.23. To find out more information Email toys4kids1401@gmail.com, call 707 583-9216 or visit srff.org.

Boys & Girls Clubs: Help make the holidays special for members of Boys & Girls club of Sonoma County. Most needed items are Coats and Raincoats (Youth: M, L, XL, and Adult S&M) socks and blankets. To donate, send or deliver donations to 1400N. Dutton Ave. Suite 24, Santa Rosa. For more information, call Allison Nail at 707-528-7977 or anall@bgccsc.org.

For more information, visit bgccsc.org.

Sonoma Valley Holiday Gifting Program: Help make it a special season for locals in need- low income families, emancipated youth, the elderly, and those living with homelessness or disability. Call 707-931-4114 or email info@svholiday.org for more information, or visit svholiday.org.

American Red Cross: A gift of any amount will could save the day when the next emergency strikes. To donate, complete a donation form and mail to American Red Cross, P.O Box. 37839 Boone, IA 50037-0839; donate by phone at 1-800-435-7669. For ways to help and more information, visit redcross.org.

Salvation Army Santa Rosa: The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign is a tradition known around the world. Contributions help local neighbors with toys, shelter and much more. For more information, visit santarosa.salvationarmy.org or email donorcare@usw.salvationarmy.org.

Guerneville Holiday Community Dinner & Toy Drive: The goal is to offer a free food basket for people at Christmas. Meats, fresh fruits, and more are offered. Some clients are given a gift certificate. For more information on how to help, call 707-996-0111 or visit friendsinsonomahelping.org.

Food for Fines: Help neighbors in need to start the new year off fresh from Dec.1 through Dec. 1 . The Sonoma County Library is offering the Food for Fines program at Redwood Empire Food Bank, Inter Church Food Pantry, and the Healdsburg Food Pantry. Needed items include canned tuna and meats, pasta and sauce, low-sodium soups and stews, beans and rice, low-sodium canned vegetables, and no-sugar-added canned fruits. Food can be brought to any of the branches listed. For more information, visit sonomalibrary.org.

Sonoma County’s Secret Santa: Sonoma County Secret Santa has collected and distributed gifts to over 16,500 individuals during the holiday season through Secret Santa Red Gift Hearts and Secret Santa Letters, and raised funds to help provide gifts and assistance to clients of nonprofit and social service agencies in Sonoma County. For more information on how to help,, email holiday@volunteernow.org or visit fundlyenterprise.com.

Sonoma Family Meal: Sonoma Family Meal offers chef-made meals to families who have lost homes as a way to bring families together at the table again during the holidays. To volunteer or donate, visit sonomafamilymeal.org.

Petaluma Christmas Cheer: This volunteer organization that provides food to needy families and seniors in the Petaluma-Pengrove area. To donate or volunteer visit their Facebook page.

Redwood Credit Union: Redwood Credit Union is making the holidays special for those in need by donating non-perishable food or new toys at any branch from Nov. 23 through Dec. 21. For more information, call 707-545-4000 or visit redwoodcu.org.

Speedway Children’s Charities: The mission of Speedway Children’s Charities is to care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help lead productive lives. Events are held throughout the month at Sonoma Raceway. For more information, call 707-933-3950 or email cplattner@sonomaraceway.com. For more information on donations, visit speedwaycharities.org/donate.

Do you have a charitable cause that we missed? Please let us know at onlineideas@pressdemocrat.com. Happy Holidays!

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