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The holidays are a time to help the less fortunate in your community. Donating to local charity is an easy way to make an impact. Make a year-end donation at one of the many great Southeast Michigan charitable organization.

Save time looking for a suitable charity by selecting one from our list.

Visit IRS.gov for year-end donations tips.

The Capuchin Soup Kitchen distributes toys and food baskets to families in need. There are many options to donate including non-perishable food items at their facility on Mt. Elliott. Visit www.cskdetroit.org for more information.

Community Housing Network is accepting donations of cash, gift cards, new cleaning supplies. Visit www.communityhousingnetwork.org  or call 248-928-0111 for more information.

The Food Bank Council of Michigan is raising food and funds to support Michigan’s food banks and feed hungry families.  People can donate in three ways; designate your donation, donate food at your local Secretary of State office, or hold a food drive. Visit www.fbcmich.org for more information.

Detroit Area Agency on Aging needs cash, appreciated stock, bonds, vehicle or real estate, resources support a range of programs. Call (313) 446-4444 or visit www.daaa1a.org for more information.

Children’s Hospital of Michigan – Make a year-end gift in support of Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. Visit www.chmfoundation.org for more information.

Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund Detroit goal for 2010 is $1.3 million. They will distribute 36,000 gift boxes to children this holiday season. Visit  www.detroitgoodfellows.org for more information.

Gleaners needs funds and food throughout the year. A $25 donation is the equivalent of 75 meals. They take 95% out of every dollar goes directly towards the food program. Gleaners rely on individuals, grocers and retailers, food distributors, manufacturers, farms and community gardens for the food. Visit www.gcfb.org for more information.

Judson Center – Offering personalized services for children and families in need including adoption, autism services, family preservation, foster care, respite, residential living, supported employment and mental health counseling. Visit www.judsoncenter.org for more information.

Lighthouse of Oakland County has been providing services to low-income families in Oakland County since 1972. Visit www.lighthouseoakland.org for more information.

Children and Family Services work with a network of agencies to promote the emotional and social well-being of Michigan’s children and families. Visit www.cfsm.org for more information.

Salvation Army is looking for car, estate, in-kind and monetary donations. Visit www.usc.salvationarmy.org for more information.