11/27/2012 06:25 pm ET

LA Charities, Giving Tuesday 2012: How You Can Help Out Locally This Holiday Season (PHOTOS)


After indulging during Thanksgiving, Black Friday and then Cyber Monday, it's about time we give back to those who have less. Hence, 'Giving Tuesday.'

We love the concept but we also think the holidays in general are an important time to give. Many families affected by the recession won't be able to afford much of a celebration. Others, living on the streets, will be enduring cold temperatures. And in Los Angeles, we have a greater homeless population than any other U.S. city.

Luckily, LA is also home to many compassionate, effective charities that work tirelessly for those who have not. And they need your help, whether it be monetarily or through volunteering. Click here for an extensive database of charities in your area.

Take a look at a few of our favorite LA charities, and give what you can:

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