The holidays is the season for giving. There are lots charities, food, and toy drives around the city to give local needy families and individuals a chance to enjoy the holiday season. It may be close to Christmas day, but there are still plenty of opportunities to give to those less fortunate. Stock up on good karma right before the new year and give to one of these charities.

1. Gazette Christmas Fund

This charity set up by the Montreal Gazette 47 years ago collects donations from readers to give aid to needy families and individuals. 100 per cent of the donations received go directly to those who need it in the Montreal community, so you can feel good about emptying your pockets.

How to give: Fill out the form online.

2. Welcome Hall Mission

This local charity has been serving Montreal's homeless community since 1982. During the holiday season, they deliver Christmas baskets containing a chicken or a turkey, groceries, clothing, and shoes from Monday, December 16 to Friday, December 20 and on Monday, December 23, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. They're always looking for donations of goods or services.

How to give: You can find all the information you need at their website.

3. Old Brewery Mission

The Old Brewery Mission started off as a soup kitchen and has now morphed into a benevolent organization that provides food, housing, clothing, and special services for women. This holiday season you can give donations or volunteer to help support any one of their full range of services.

How to give: Click "DONATE NOW" at the top right corner of the website.

4. Sun Youth

The annual Christmas Basket Distribution will be taking place between December 18 and 24, and still needs donations to help roughly 18,000 underprivileged Montrealers in the holiday season. Sun Youth accepts non-perishable food items and hygienic products to help prepare 5,000 Christmas baskets. They even have a shopping list to help inspire your donations.

How to give: Material donations of non-perishable foods and hygiene products can be dropped off at Sun Youth every day between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. You can also make a monetary contribution by clicking on "MAKE A DONATION" at the top right of their website.

5. Share the Warmth

This Montreal charity has a genius idea: you buy items online at their website that they deliver to needy families all around the city. You can buy a tuna can for $1, eggs for $3, a turkey for $10 and even a toy for $20. It's simple, easy, and you will give a lucky family some bright holiday cheer.

How to give: You can buy food items through paypal at their website.

Where do you go to give back to the Montreal community? Let us know in the comments below.

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