With the holiday season upon us you maybe feeling like you would like to take a moment to reflect on what you have and then pay it forward. A donation this time of year can go a long way to making someone's New Year so much brighter. I have a few ideas on how you can find a group to help this holiday season.

The Food bank of the Hudson Valley has a really cool program you can take advantage of which will also help you cross off a few people on your holiday shopping list. The Food Bank located in Cornwall-on-Hudson has a program called Holiday Gift Alternative. Basically, instead of giving someone a gift you make a monetary donation in their name to the Food Bank. The food Bank then in turn will send a holiday card to that person letting them know that you made a gift donation in their name as a holiday gift.

The Holiday Gift donation is available through the month of December and your donation can be as little as $5. That might not seem like a lot but it will make a big difference at the Food Bank and for a Hudson Valley Family. The Gift Alternative program is available all year. It works for anniversaries, birthday and other life moments.

If you aren't sure you want to pick the Food Bank and you are hoping to find a list of deserving organizations that could put your donation of time or money to good use you can also check out Hudson Valley Gives. Right now they have 160 plus organizations listed on their website that participated in Hudson Valley Gives in 2019. read through the list for ideas.

Giving during the holidays can be very special and there are a lot of Hudson Valley organizations that can use your donation. Merry Christmas and Happy Giving.