12/22/2014 12:42 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

If Anyone Deserves A Little Help This Holiday Season, It's These Families

Update: HuffPost readers donated about $60,000 to the families below in response to this editorial series. Donation sites remain open.

Spreading holiday cheer means more than giving gifts -- it's also about giving back.

To provide you with opportunities to do just that, we're telling stories from 12 families in need over 12 days. Moms, Dads and kids talk to us about working to get by, what they might go without this holiday and how you can help.

Scroll below to learn more about The Huffington Post's 12 Days Of Giving series. Click to read each family's story and find ways you can donate if you feel inclined. This post is being updated as stories are published.

A series partnership with HuffPost Impact, Good News, Religion and Parents.

This Teacher Is Battling Homelessness, But Finds Strength In Her Students And Kids

raquel tillett

Parents Living On Less Than $700 A Month Are Thankful For What They Have This Holiday
julianne family

Chronically Ill Mom Forced To Choose Between Medicine Or Food Gets Help From Nonprofit
dhalie gods love

Breast Cancer Survivor Who Can't Afford $80 Life-Saving Medicine Says Christmas Will Be Tough
annie hayes

Single Dad Of 5 Can't Afford Christmas Presents This Year, But Has Lots Of Love To Go Around


Single Mother Of Three Has A New Home And New Life After Escaping Domestic Abuse

Mom Of Four Volunteers At Food Pantry, Even When Her Own Family Needs Help

Legally Blind Single Mother Living On $21,000 Is Just Grateful To Finally Have A Turkey This Year


Nurse Has Helped Thousands Of Homeless Pregnant Women Rebuild Their Lives
martha ryan

Social Worker Empowers Muslim Women In Need With Sewing Class
sewing class

Homeless Kids' Letters To Santa Remind Us Not Everyone Will Have A Happy Holiday
coalition for the homeless letter

Homeless Single Mom's Christmas Wish Is For $2,800 To Become A Hospice Nurse
tara walker

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