Wichitans take advantage of Giving Tuesday

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

After the hustle and bustle of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season and some feel like that's the most important.

"To be able to help others and take care of some of their needs, not necessarily wants, needs. Makes you feel good," said Wichita Police Officer Steven Jerrell.

Giving Tuesday is a global day of charitable donation and one of the best ways to get involved is within your own community.  Wichita Police spent their afternoon collecting donations for the homeless.

"When it's cold, really cold and they lost their gloves, one fell out of their pocket or they don't know where it is, they are very, very appreciative when we are able to provide some of these items to them,” Jerrell said.

Those who donated knew it was going to a good place.

"I thought, well since I'm going out shopping I might as well pick up a couple of extra,’” donator Sarah Glasscock said.

"I just think there's so many people that need help and assistance and this is a time of giving, the season. So, I think we should all participate," donator Ann Reed said.

Another organization you can give back to today is the Kansas Humane Society.

The Humane Society is taking donations through its website. They are also asking for donations of peanut butter, paper towels and dog treats.

"We have a lot of people that say, 'I wish I could adopt a pet but I already have so many.’ Well that's another way that they can help," said Erica Goering, Kansas Humane Society Director of Marketing and Communications.

Whether it's some of your time, a donation or a gift in your local community, it's important to spread a little holiday cheer. 

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