The holidays and the end of the tax year are two important times to think about charitable giving.
Across Somerset County there are many great charities needing donations and volunteers.
An anonymous donor has pledged up to $20,000 as a match to help Somerset County residents keep their homes warm.
Our Brother's Keeper has been splitting the home heating program costs with The Salvation Army. As soon as $20,000 is raised, the matching gift will double the amount to $40,000 to use on local homes.
Last year the two organizations spent $74,000 helping people with heating costs.
Donations may be mailed to The Salvation Army Somerset Service Center, 140 East Fairview St., Somerset PA 15501; or Our Brother's Keeper, P.O. Box 972, Somerset, PA 15501.
These are just two examples where your ability to donate time or money will benefit local people in need.
Be sure to remember your favorite charity this holiday season.