12/24/2012 12:22 pm ET Updated Dec 24, 2012

San Francisco Holiday Cheer: Six Ways To Give Back This Season (PHOTOS)

Last Christmas, we climbed atop our soapbox to remind readers that there's more to the holiday season than bright lights, wrapping paper and holiday-themed Pandora stations.

That sentiment may seem obvious, especially as many settle in for a cozy 24 hours eating delicious food and exchanging tokens of affection with family members and loved ones. The holidays, of course, are about spending time with the most important people in our lives and taking a few extra moments to show them we care.

But as the dust settles and the Christmas trees collect on the side of the road, it's important to remember the season extends beyond our immediate loved ones. Nothing alleviates a post-holiday slump like the joy that comes from helping others -- and San Francisco is brimming with causes and organizations that need our help.

We've decided to resurrect the roundup of our favorite local charities to help inspire the giving spirit. Take a look, and let us know where you love to give back in the comments section.

Have a safe and happy holiday, SF!

6 Ways To Give Back To SF