Looking for a way to share the holiday spirit with those who could use it this season? We've discovered several ways for you to do just that. With options ranging from the simple donating of canned goods to volunteering your time; there is a way for everybody to get involved!

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    Warm meals to warm hearts!

    Pathhelps.org

    Through the rest of the month, PATH (People Attempting To Help) of Tyler will be collecting canned meats (beef, chicken, and tuna) and canned stews to create hearty meals for those in need. Your donations will help keep people warm and healthy in the colder weather to come.

    Donations may be dropped off at the PATH food pantry Monday-Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm.

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    Blankets bring comfort and joy!

    Pathhelps.org

    Our second option is also from PATH. They will be collecting blankets in the coming months. Running heat can become too expensive for many struggling families. Your donations will help keep these family's warm and safe this winter.

    Make your donations at:

    402 W. Front St. Tyler, TX 75702

    Monday through Friday between 8:30am to 4:30pm

    PATH will continue to distribute these blankets as long as they're in supply.

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    Ringing in the holidays

    salvationarmyusa.org

    Salvation Army of both Tyler and Longview are now asking for volunteers in their Bell Ringer program. The program runs now through Christmas Eve at locations ranging from the Tyler and Longview malls, Walmart, Walgreens, Hobby Lobby and many more.

    Stop by or call your local Salvation Army location to volunteer today!

    Longview:

    504 East Cotton Street

    LONGVIEW, TX

    Contact: Captain Guy and Dolores Watts

    Tel: (903) 753-4511

    Tyler: 633 N. Broadway Avenue

    TYLER, TX

    Contact: Captains Ben & Doris Lawrence

    Tel: (903) 592-4361

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    Angel Tree gifts for children in need!

    salvationarmyusa.org

    Salvation Army's Angel Tree program helps make Christmas possible for children in need. Each angel on the tree contains the information of one child, a want and a need of that child.

    Stop by your local Walmart, Walgreens, Hobby Lobby and many more locations to "adopt" your angel today. You can also call in your adoption to your local Salvation Army.

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    Local group provides warm welcome to returning soldiers

    tylerpaper.net

    Welcome Home Soldiers is a group in the Tyler and Longview area that recruits volunteers to welcome soldiers who are returning home. They throw welcome home parties at local churches, homes and airports.

    Contact Anne DeLaet for details on how to get involved:

    903-279-7301

    wlcomhm@aol.com

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