While you’re counting your blessings this holiday season, perhaps you might consider offering a helping hand to those less fortunate. The following provides some suggestions of organizations that could benefit from your gifts. Children can give small amounts of money to groups whose causes resonate with them, or they can donate to the group’s Amazon’s wish list. These groups are both local and national but all have local reach and impact. Please consider a gift to these organizations or another of your choice.

The Cat People

The Cat People is a 100 percent volunteer organization that was founded to eliminate the suffering of unwanted cats and kittens. The organization runs a sanctuary, Pawsitively Cats, that shelters abandoned felines as they search for a forever home. Volunteer opportunities are available.

4120 East Drive, 661.327.4706, TheCatPeople.org                            

Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue

Marley’s Mutts is a nonprofit organization that rescues, rehabilitates, trains and re-homes death row dogs from Kern County’s high-kill animal shelters. Donate items on Marley’s Mutts wish list at MarleysMutts.org/wishlist.    

785 Tucker Road, Suite G Tehachapi, 661.556.7178, MarleysMutts.org

The Mission at Kern County    

The Mission at Kern County’s purpose is to offer an environment conducive to the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of the people it serves by providing hope and a future through Jesus Christ. The organization provides meals, shelter, education and clothing to the most vulnerable populations in Kern County.

816 E. 21st St., Bakersfield, California, 661.325.0863, TheBRM.org

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop

With stores throughout California, American Cancer Society Discovery Shops help support the fight against cancer through the sale of high-quality, gently used donated merchandise. For more than 40 years, the Society has owned and operated these specialty resale stores, featuring items such as clothing, accessories, jewelry, furniture, artwork, antiques, collectibles and other household items.

5420 California Ave., Bakersfield, California, 661.324.1359, Cancer.org