It's Christmastime and the end of the year is near (not the end of the world as the Mayan calendar predicts) and if you want to make a charitable contribution in the spirit of giving, here are some of the top charities in Gallatin County we discussed on the show today.

The Help Center provides 24/7 counseling services and supports domestic abuse  victims.  Call them at 211 or 586-3333 anytime for HELP.  The staff I met are wonderful people and embody the spirit of giving yearlong.

Zoe's Women's Services, a pro-life facility, provides counseling and medical services to pregnant women through birth and beyond without judgement.

Warriors and Quiet Warriors, run by retired servicemen and local volunteers, bring wounded war veterans to Gallatin County to fly fish, to connect with nature and with each other.  I'm told these warriors, who've suffered serious casualties, have a life-transforming experience while here.  One of my personal favorite charities.

Family Promise provides short-term shelter for homeless families and other services to help those in need get back on their feet--a literal hand-up!

The Gallatin Valley Food Bank provides food for those in need.  A great place to volunteer, check them out.  Bring over some food this Christmas (frozen turkeys, canned goods, paper products) and take a moment to see the many people who go there for help.

Tell me what is your favorite charity and comment back.  But more importantly don't forget to contribute to them this time of the year.  Merry Christmas, my friends.

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