There's no better way to spread the joy of the holiday season than to give to those in need. But as the seasonal charity solicitations being to tug at the heartstrings, our own purse strings may be pulled tighter this time of year.
If you have money to give, you can help a lot of people throughout the holidays. If you don't have much money, there are plenty of great ways to help others without hurting your own bank account.
As the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine puts it:
Twenty bucks buys movie tickets or a weekend's worth of lattes. But you can do a world of good—from feeding an endangered animal to educating a child--for even less.
Here are five suggested ways to give for less than $20, courtesy of O, The Oprah Magazine: