the Ottawa Food Bank is always looking for non perishable food items and money.
the Christmas Exchange makes it possible for low-income families to celebrate the holidays.
Cornerstone Housing for Women provides emergency shelter and support to Ottawa's downtown homeless women.
the Ottawa Mission is looking for donations of $2.97 to provide homeless persons with a meal at xmas.
the Snowsuit Fund needs money and knitted articles as well as gently used winter outerwear, hats, mits and boots of all sizes to keep children warm this winter.
these are just a few of the local charities that do good work all year round and should be supported all year round. winter and the holidays are particularly difficult times for many people, so a little extra care can't hurt.
the holidays are also difficult on those who have lost someone close and those who are alone. remember them. include them somehow in your festivities.