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The Daily Wildcat

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    ‘Tis the season of giving


    Photo courtesy of Emily Wacker

    Emily Wacker, an elementary education junior, adopted Paulie on her trip to the Southern Arizona Humane Society.

    Tucsonans have a lot of great opportunities to get involved with the community and give back, all while having fun. All of these activities are free, so you’ll be able to save money, have fun and do some good as the holiday season rolls around.

    Humane Society of Southern Arizona
    — 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd.
    The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is the perfect opportunity for animal lovers looking to brighten the day of homeless cats and dogs. The shelter offers many opportunities to get involved. Volunteer as a dog walker, a worker at off-site adoptions or just stop in and play with the pups for an hour or so. It is not only a free way to spend your afternoon but also a great stress reliever as finals approach. Nothing soothes end-of-semester nerves like cuddling with fluffy animals.

    *Ben’s Bells *
    — 816 E. University Blvd.
    Another great opportunity for those feeling philanthropic is Ben’s Bells. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to spreading kindness throughout the Tucson community. Anyone can stop by the Ben’s Bells studio located on University Boulevard in Geronimo Plaza, and there is never a fee for participating, although donations are encouraged. Enjoy the peaceful plaza as you paint pottery that is hung around Tucson as a reminder to always be kind. Artistic skills not required!

    *Habitat for Humanity Tucson *
    — 3501 N. Mountain Ave.
    If painting clay is not your forte, try painting a house. Habitat for Humanity Tucson is another free way to spend your weekend and give back to those in need in a significant and rewarding way. Sign up to be a volunteer and build housing for people in need. Jobs include painting, framing, roofing, stucco and many others. Hard hat and goggles are provided. Come prepared to sweat a lot and give back even more.

    Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
    — 3003 S. Country Club Road
    A final way to spend your weekend in a charitable way at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. This works best in groups because it involves passing food down a conveyor belt and packaging it to be sent to hungry families. There is always good music and snacks are provided.

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