Since 2012, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been called Giving Tuesday, as a rival to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Started by New York City community center 92nd Street Y, Giving Tuesday is a day for everyone to give instead of take, something we hopefully exercise more than just one day a year.

For the upcoming holiday season, here are five organizations you can donate to and help those less fortunate this year.

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    The Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army is always taking donations, whether it's through their website, at one of their locations, or in the red kettles they set up outside stores.  They'll even come to your house to pick up donations, making it simpler than ever to give to others.

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    Toys For Tots

    With various drop off locations scattered across the South Jersey area, Toys For Tots continues to collect gifts for children who don't have the privilege of a lavish Christmas day.  What's a better gift than spreading joy to kids in need of some?

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    John Sciulli

    The Ronald McDonald House of South Jersey

    Ronald McDonald is not just a clown, he's a clown with a cause.  Located in Camden, the Ronald McDonald house of South Jersey is just a stones throw from Philly, meaning its close to one of the best pediatric hospitals the country has to offer, and is always spreading cheer to the kids there.  You can volunteer for them, become a family ambassador, or donate various items like food, clothes, or even your old car!

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    The Unforgotten Haven

    Located in Blackwood, The Unforgotten Haven is an South Jersey-founded organization giving back to veterans and the homeless among others.  They take Paypal donations, run fundraising events, collect supplies and are working twice as hard for the holiday season.

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    Robin's Nest

    Robin's Nest was started by a member of the Junior Women's Club of Woodbury in 1968, and aims to help children who are neglected or abused.  Along with one-time donations they also run monthly campaigns and "Santa's Workshop" around Christmas time to get the underprivileged kids around the area in the holiday spirit.

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