There is a novel way to help others who are less fortunate. People have told us that up to 80% of the non-edible gifts that they receive for Christmas are put away and seldom used.
Instead, when you are putting away your gifts, consider setting some of them aside for those who are less fortunate. This will increase your giving AND may gain you a tax deduction for the year in that it was given, so there are only a few days left in this year to make it count double!
It is more blessed to give than to receive.