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Giving Tuesday: Take a break from holiday spending to give back

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati is getting into the giving spirit on "Giving Tuesday." 

The social media phenomenon encourages people across the country to take a break from holiday spending to give to others in need.

Charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Locally, St. Vincent de Paul volunteers say they have seen an increased need for food in neighborhoods across Cincinnati. 

Several local families are struggling to make ends meet and don't know where their next meal will come from.

Requests for help at St. Vincent de Paul's West End food pantry are up 17% from last year. St. Vincent de Paul's neighborhood-based food pantries are also experiencing an increased need.

Items collected during Food From the Heart will be distributed to families in need by St. Vincent de Paul volunteers in neighborhoods across the Tri-State throughout the holiday season.

In addition to helping a struggling family with food this holiday season, St. Vincent de Paul volunteers are also visiting families in need of other basic necessities such as a bed, and help paying their rent and utility bills.

Here's how you can help:

Now through Dec. 31, St. Vincent de Paul, along with Fox 19 Now and Kroger, will be collecting non-perishable items in food collection barrels at Kroger stores throughout the Tri-State. With contributions, St. Vincent de Paul volunteers can give over 50,000 meals to struggling families in every neighborhood of Cincinnati.

Donate gifts, gift cards and cash for more than 5,000 needy families as the Cincinnati Bengals team up with Lighthouse Youth Services hold their Share on the Square event. Lighthouse will continue accepting donations at their administrative location on 401 East McMillan St.

People can also easily make a financial contribution by visiting www.SVDPcincinnati.org or calling 513-421-HOPE.

Want to donate to charities online? Visit these websites:

www.consumer.ftc.gov

www.bbb.org/us/charity/

www.charitynavigator.org/

charitywatch.org/

www.guidestar.org/

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