Just in time for Thanksgiving, here's how to give back this holiday season 

Spreading holiday cheer

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  • Charlestonians give back and spread holiday cheer.
Thanksgiving is a time to do just that, give thanks. If today's cover story, "Filling Up," inspired you to give, look no further. Check out where you can give back around town with these volunteer events and opportunities:

We've got a map of the area's Blessing Boxes — you can see everything they need on their handy Amazon wish list.

The Charleston Basket Brigade starts at 7 a.m. on Tues. Nov. 26 at the North Charleston Coliseum. Register online and see how you can get involved.

One80 Place hosts their annual Turkey and a $20 fundraiser on Tues. Nov. 26, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. onsite (35 Walnut St., Downtown), with the goal of raising $60,000. You can always sign up to volunteer at One80 Place online, too.

Help the Lowcountry Orphan Relief bring Christmas cheer with their annual Stocking Tree. Simply stop by LOR (1850 Truxtun Ave., North Charleston) and pick up your stocking, purchase the items on the list, and drop off the unwrapped gifts on Tues. Dec. 3 and 10 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. or Thurs. Dec. 5 and 12 from 3-6 p.m. For questions, email stockings@lorkids.org.

Favor Foundation will host their Second Annual Be a Blessing Outreach on Sat. Dec. 21 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Gussie Green Community Center (2012 Success Street, North Charleston). Volunteer by giving out groceries, clothes, and hot food to those in need.

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In December you can help out Trident United Way with holiday meal preparation. Email volunteer@tuw.org to learn more.

You can always help out local organization, Feed A Friend Charleston, by volunteering to provide meals on Friday evenings in the Charleston area. Email bonniemorgan@msn.com or sign up online.

You can donate new and gently used toys/games and clothes to Dee Norton; new socks, bedding, and blankets to East Cooper Community Outreach (they update a wish list online); a variety of hygiene items and clothing to the women at Florence Crittenton, who also have a wish list; diapers, formula, blankets, and additional baby gear to the Lowcountry Pregnancy Center; new/unopened food to the Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach pantry; and pretty much anything to Uplift Charleston, a group that helps out the homeless in our communities.

Lowcountry Food Bank is always looking for volunteers to sort and pack food for the hungry in the community. Stop by Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-3 p.m. and Tues. from 4:30-6:30 p.m. to volunteer your time.

You can always donate to Water Mission in a loved one's name; your family member or friend will receive a Christmas card in the mail depicting someone who benefits from your donation. Water Mission uses these funds to install more water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions around the world.

Is your local business or non-profit hosting a volunteer event or accepting donations and you're looking for more individuals and groups to get involved? Email the details to connelly@charlestoncitypaper.com.

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