The holiday season is a magical time in many ways.  The twinkling lights everywhere, the chill in the air that makes you want to snuggle up with the people you love, and just the general sense of excitement because this only comes around once a year.  I’m a hugely sentimental person anyway, but even more so at this time of year.  I always feel so incredibly lucky to have so many truly stellar people in my life, but come November and December I turn into a giant sap and tear up nearly every time I think about it.  Not only that though, I reflect a lot on how fortunate we are to have what we do when many others may not have even the most basic needs met.  Food.  Shelter.  Clothing.

Last year I began a tradition here on the blog where instead of spending money on fancy prizes to give away to you, my wonderful readers, I will instead donate to those in need on your behalf.  There are so many charitable causes that are all deserving of contributions, but for the sake of simplification, I have compiled a few different options to choose from below.  Since the reason we gather here is a shared love of food, this year I have opted to include all food-related charities that each in their own way work to eliminate hunger.  Five comments will be selected at random, and the winning individuals may select a cause from the list below to receive a donation from Annie’s Eats.

  • To enter, leave a comment on THIS POST.  That’s it!
  • The Rules: One entry per person.  Commenting will open Tuesday, December 17 at 4:00 am EST and close on Friday, December 20 at 10:00 pm EST.  Five winners will be selected at random and contacted via email by early next week to select their charity of choice.
  • Full disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Annie’s Eats.

But wait!  Because I do adore you all so very much, I couldn’t resist giving out a few more tokens to show my appreciation to you.  There will be a series of giveaways throughout the rest of the week, but these have all been graciously provided by a handful of fantastic companies so that I can put all of my own resources towards the charities.

I urge you all to read more about the organizations below and the work that they are doing.  They are all great organizations, but I hold a special place for Why Hunger and Shore Soup Project in my heart.  This summer at a blogging retreat I spoke at length with representatives from both of these organizations and was incredibly moved by the experience.  These are really good people doing really good things.

Why Hunger

Shore Soup Project


No Kid Hungry

Action Against Hunger

(top image courtesy of our amazingly talented friends Bobbi and Mike)