03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011 Readers Save Animals, Feed Hungry, Knit To Share Giving Spirit

MSNBC's open call to readers for their stories of holiday generosity has yielded some touching and slightly wacky responses by generous Americans around the country.

Many stories readers shared were about rescuing animals and reaching out to the less fortunate in their communities. Here are just two of the stories featured:

"Since the beginning of November [My Plumber Heating and Air] has turned over around 1,800 pounds of food to those in need in the communities we serve. We give our customers discounts and coupons for future service ... they give us food. The Food is distributed throughout the 18 counties in our service area and the food drive involves every employee in the company." -- Susan Phillips

"A few years ago my parents told me how they don't buy gifts for each other. They went on to explain that they felt compelled to buy things for others less fortunate. It made me think about what I could do to help. I really don't have money to do as they do, but I do knit and crochet...I know that several rescues back east had taken in many ferrets during rescues and during these tough economic times, some people could no longer afford their fuzzy friends. So I make a ferret sleepsack for each family member and send them to rescues during the holiday season." -- Kristin Fisher

To read all of the stories people have submitted about giving back, as well as see their pictures and video, visit

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