Our Altanta neighbors are always amazing about volunteering, especially during this season of giving. And in a time where the media is shouting that the sky is falling, there are still plenty of chances to share the joys of the holidays with those around you - for little or no money! So below are a few volunteer opportunities for you to participate in between now and the first of the year if you're not sure where to get started this holiday season!

> Atlanta Community Food Bank is conducting a virtual food drive to collect fresh fruits and vegetables, turkeys, after-school snacks, transportation, and full food pantries. You can even send an e-card or printed card to include the stocking or gift! Just click here: http://acfb.convio.net/holiday. Being cold is no excuse this year! Of course, gifts are tax deductible, too.

> Salvation Army Angel Tree Program: Through December 12th, you can donate brand new children’s toys and clothing at the Angel tree booths at Lenox Mall, Northlake Mall, Town Center at Cobb, Discover Mills, and Mall of Georgia. If you would like to get a group of co-workers, family, or friends together, you can volunteer at the sorting center packing up the Angel Tree bags for families. Visit the site here for more information! Specific events are on the bottom left.

> Hosea Feed the Hungry: The Thanksgiving diner was a great success and now it’s on to the Children’s Christmas Party and the Christmas Dinner! These are huge events each year to benefit the homeless in Atlanta and they can use your help. You can sign up to volunteer on their website here.

> Toys for Tots: This annual drive by the Marine Corps collects toys to ensure families everywhere can enjoy the holidays. Click here for local Atlanta drop-off points.

Toys for tots page: http://www.toysfortots.org/
Atlanta drop-offs: http://www.atlantatoysfortots.com/Dropsitelist.html

> Publix food drive: Publix now has pre-packaged grocery bags in their stores that you can pick up and pay for when you check out - it couldn’t be easier to donate food to a family in need this holiday season!

> Kroger "Can Hunger" campaign: Kroger is encouraging customers to purchase a $1, $5, or $10 donation icon to support the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Even better, for every dollar the Food Bank receives, they can distribute more than $8 worth of groceries!

What volunteer opportunities would you like to see on here that I am missing? Call me at 404.564.7272 or email me at zac@zac.biz and let me know!