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'Tis the season to give

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(BPT) - It’s that time of year again! Lights are being strung, mistletoe is being hung and your favorite holiday jingle can likely be found on nearly every radio station. The holiday season has officially arrived and — between spending time with friends and families and taking time to give back — this truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

For many, part of getting into the holiday spirit means finding a way to help people in their neighborhood, as well as communities around the world. There are several ways to do this. If you are going to be shopping already, why not help make a difference?

Give Gifts that Give Back

Whether scouring the internet from home or battling the crowds in department stores, millions of people will be searching for the perfect gifts to buy their friends and family. And thousands of great products are available that not only can put a smile on a loved one’s face but also have a positive impact on other people’s lives. For example, (SHOPATHON)RED is the annual shopping extravaganza featuring hundreds of (RED) products, limited edition pieces and the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities. (SHOPATHON)RED is exclusively on Amazon and proceeds from every purchase contribute to (RED)’s fight to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Africa. Furthermore, as Official Payment Provider, Bank of America will donate $0.30 for every dollar spent, up to $1.5 million, on (SHOPATHON)RED on Amazon.com/RED.

Suit Up for a Meaningful Cause

Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities. Through the power of sports, athletes discover new strengths and abilities, skills and successes on and off the playing field. Get involved by visiting the Special Olympics website to view the variety of volunteer opportunities available to adults and youth in your community. You can also help athletes access basic health care and leadership skills by making a monetary donation on behalf of your friends and family.

Giving Made Easy

Ever wish you could give to your favorite charities as easily as you can shop online — anytime, anyplace, in seconds? Now you can, with uBack — a digital platform where you can give to more than 800,000 nonprofits around the country all from one website. Giving back takes seconds, and you can give to as many causes as you’d like. Click here to donate and make a difference for your favorite nonprofit in seconds today!

Get Involved in World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is on Dec. 1 and provides an opportunity for people everywhere to come together in the fight against HIV/AIDS, to show support to the millions of people around the world living with the virus and to commemorate those who have died from a related illness. During your holiday shopping, perhaps consider researching companies that are a part of World AIDS Day this year to see how you can participate and help make a difference. There are also hundreds of World AIDS Day events happening across the country. To learn about events taking place in your neighborhood, visit worldaidsday.org/events.

From November 20 to December 31, 2017, for every dollar spent during the (RED) Shopathon at Amazon.com/RED, Bank of America will donate $0.30 to the US Fund for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to support and fund prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, up to a total maximum donation of $1,500,000. Not available outside the U.S.