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10 Great Kid-Friendly Charities To Get Your Kid Involved With During The Holidays!

'Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to celebrate than by giving to those in need? Teaching your kids how to be generous and caring is one of the most important lessons they can learn, and the holidays are a perfect time to embrace charity work.

Check out our roundup of 10 kid-friendly charities that will get your little excited to get involved during the holiday season!

Operation Letters to Santa
There's nothing more thrilling than writing a letter to the North Pole and popping it in your mailbox, but many children don't get the presents they ask for –– much less a return letter from Mr. Claus. Operation Santa volunteers work with local United States Post Offices to make sure every kid who writes a "Dear Santa" letter gets a response. Call your local P.O. to see if they they offer this wonderful program, or check out this list of Operation Santa locations.

Holiday Mail For Heroes
Each year, the American Red Cross delivers thousands of holiday cards to our armed forces abroad, as well as veterans and military families. Many of the troops are unable to spend the holidays with their families, and love getting words of yuletide cheer from us folks at home. Can you imagine how much your kiddo's cute drawings will cheer up these guys and dolls? Head over to the Red Cross' website to learn more!

Buy an Oxfam Sheep For a Family in Need
Does your child love animals? Buying a sheep for just $50 will allow a poor family in an underdeveloped country to make their own income using the sheep's wool to make textiles. Even better? A $75 cow provides nutritious milk for an entire community. Check out Oxfam's list of critters over here –– your kid will love buying an animal for a family in need.

Help Your Child's Favorite Endangered Animal
Wait –– you're kiddo loves animals so much that the Oxfam gift wasn't enough? Head over to World Wildlife Fund and let your little angel "adopt" an endangered animal. Donating just $50 gets you a stuffed animal, an adoption certificate, a pic of the animal you're "adopting," and a tote bag. Head over to WWF and check out the animals that need your love!

Donate Old Toys to a Homeless Shelter or Toy Drive
Is your house overflowing with old toys from back in the day when your kid still played with jumbo Legos? Instead of selling these bad boys at a garage sale, ask your child if he or she wants to come with you to a local homeless shelter or toy drive.

Give Unused Canned Goods to a Local Food Bank
Is your little one a budding foodie? Help him or her go through your pantry to find unused canned goods. Donating soup, veggies, and beans to a local food bank will teach your child to appreciate the food on their plate. If you want to take it one step further, volunteer at a local soup kitchen.

Donate Pajamas Through The Pajama Program
Your kid probably loves curling up for a bedtime story, but some kids don’t have cozy PJs — let alone a good book. The Pajama Program provides brand-new pajamas and books to children in need (many who live in shelters). Donating just $5 will help the program buy books and PJs so every kid can enjoy that special night time routine.

Toys For Tots
Toys For Tots collects brand-new toys and distributes them as Christmas gifts to kids whose parents can't afford to buy them presents. The best part? You can take your child to the toy store and let him or her pick out a gift for themselves, and for a child in need. To donate toys, head over here, and to donate money head over here.

Make A Wish
Make A Wish Foundation grants wishes for terminally ill children all around the U.S. You can donate money, airline miles, or even a "shopping spree" to make these life-changing wishes come true.

Make a Blanket With Your Child and Donate It
Does your kid love getting his or her craft on? Make a blanket together and donate it to Project Linus, which ensures that children in hospitals and shelters have blankets to cuddle with. By becoming a "blanketeer" you and your little one are providing a source of comfort to a child in need.

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12.1.2012 / 06:30 PM EDT by Mehera Bonner
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