Creative ways to give back this holiday season

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ONEHOPE donates half of the proceeds from their wine sales to organizations that support breast cancer prevention and treatment, pediatric AIDS prevention, Autism research and US forest preservation and protection. Over $1.2M has been donated to deserving charities to date.

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Through Soldiers' Angels you can adopt military families who are on a tight budget this holiday season. Show America's gratitude with presents for the children, a grocery gift card or prepaid Visa gift card for them to purchase their holiday dinner and trimmings. 

Click here to find a military family in need. 

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Concern Worldwide is dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of poverty in the world's poorest countries. The organization works in 25 countries across Africa, Asia and the Caribbean focused on livelihoods, education, health, HIV and AIDS and emergency relief.

For only $12 you can purchase a piglet that can provide food, income and security to a family in need. 

Learn more about donating here.

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DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from across America post classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you.

When a project reaches its funding goal, the materials are shipped to the school. You'll receive photos of the project, a letter from the teacher and insight into how every dollar was spent. Give over $50 and you'll also receive hand-written thank yous from the students.

Click here to find a project near you.  

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The Shelter Pet Project is a collaborative effort between the Humane Society of the United States, Maddie's Fund and the Ad Council whose purpose is to ensure that all healthy and treatable pets find loving homes.

Their goal is to make shelters the first place potential adopters go when looking to add a furry family member.

Find your local animal shelter here.

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The Blessing Basket Project creates sustainable jobs for skilled artisans in third world countries. Buy one of their products and you could be changing a life.

You can even participate in their Artisan & You program, where you can stay in touch with the artisan you've helped.

Click here for more information. 

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Did you know that 1 in 6 Americans struggle to get enough to eat? Feeding America's mission is to feed our nation's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and to engage citizens in the fight to end hunger. Every year they distribute more than 3 billion meals to communities throughout the United States.

Click here to find your local food bank.

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This holiday season AOL encourages everyone to give back. We've highlighted some of our favorite causes this year in the slideshow above.

Purchasing something as simple as a bottle of wine can help support cancer research and AIDS prevention. A woven basket can help empower an artisan struggling in a third world country. One kind act can change lives in your own community and around the world.

How are you giving back this holiday season? Share your stories and comment below with your favorite charities to support.

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