Area charities are looking to make the holiday season a bit warmer and brighter with the help of volunteers.
In addition to their year-round battle against hunger and poverty, organizations like the Salvation Army, Yates Baptist Association, Meals on Wheels and others also work to bring the holiday spirit to underprivileged families.
Cape Grice, director of the Salvation Army, presides over the Toys for Tots program, which provides donated toys to children in Durham, Orange and Person counties.
"We want to make sure that every child has something for Christmas," he said.
"Social services organizations give us the names. They provide us the ages and the sexes of the children, and we distribute the toys accordingly."
Grice also said the service helps about 750 to 800 families each year.
"We cross-reference the names with other organizations to make sure that there is no overlap in distribution to the families," he said.
Grice said volunteers are needed to help facilitate this large undertaking.