"It doesn't matter what is in them — somebody from home thought of them." — Patricia Erdeski
To get the most out of your gifts, your first step is to make sure you are giving to a worthy charity.
"I think it is very providential really. Divine intervention." — Linda Reardon
"They really do save lives." — Janis Broderick
"We've been trying to reach out to community partners and alumni and any source we can for funding to help us upgrade our technology at Brayton." — Principal John Franzoni
"It's going to take us many years to start to wrap our minds around [the collection]." — Jamie Franklin
"Knowledge is power and now we have the power to save a life." — Deborah Rice
"We love to give back to the community. This seemed like a great opportunity." — Jared Decoteau
Republic Services is a national company that has been contracted by the city for more than two decades.
"It is all about job training, employment and recycling." — Maryam Kamangar
"I knew they were short [a vehicle] and everybody has tight budgets. They don't have a lot to work with." — Hank Sayers
"We find the veterans and wish them happy holidays." — Tom Landry
"I wanted to make less fortunate children's Christmas brighter." — Timothy Parsons
According to the Giving USA Foundation and Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University, charitable contributions totaled more than $316 billion in 2012.
"Any help from the community is appreciated and is important to us. Our members, they're grateful for anything we will offer them." — Kevin Tyree
State Sen. Benjamin Downing and Mayor Daniel Bianchi are in a battle over toys.
"This year, there is larger spike in families in need of aid and grandparents raising their grandchildren." — Captain Katherine Corno
"The way things are now with families finding hardships, it is nice to be able to have something to give to the kids." — Police Chief Richard Tarsa
"All of sudden, it morphed into, 'You know, it's time to get something done here with our building.'" — Robert J. Fraser
"I believe in this a lot and am really trying to be behind this to promote it." — Todd Shafer