Families gather during the holidays to share traditions and make lasting memories. Many families make dozens of cookies, create long gift lists, and host fancy parties. Over 12 million American children and their families suffer hunger. Holidays are for them one of the most difficult times in the year.

There are steps that every American can take to make the holiday of a hungry child even more brighter. Share Our Strength is a non-profit organization that works towards ending childhood hunger in America. It offers these tips to families who want to give back.

Adopt a family to spend the holidays. Many organizations offer the opportunity to adopt individuals or groups. “adopt”By anonymously donating food and small presents to a family struggling, you can help them. These children may not have enough food or toys to last a year so it is important that they receive this bounty.

Make sure you support child hunger by purchasing entertaining items. Tastefully Simple’s For The Love of Cookies Chocolate Chip Toffee and Almond Cookie Mix is a great gift for hostesses or entertaining. www.Tastefullysimple.com. Tastefully Simple will donate $1 for every box sold to Share Our Strength.

Hickory Farms Gift Boxes can be purchased between November 27th to December 10th. Hickory Farms will offer $5 Share Our Strength for each box that is sold. Hickory Farms can also add $1 to any online, instore, or catalog Hickory Farms order.

Give twice as many gifts! Go to www.strength.orgPurchase “Share Your Season”Holiday cards that double up as gift tags are great for remembrances of family and friends. They also help to feed hungry children.

Volunteer at a food pantry or food bank. Soup kitchens typically have more visitors during holidays, so they need extra help setting up tables and serving food. A food drive can be organized or donated by you. Food banks are always in need of canned goods and other non-perishable items.