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Food-bank donations

(article, Culinate staff)

Plenty of folks like to spend Christmas Eve giving back instead of shopping. They volunteer at soup kitchens or homeless shelters or food banks. If you're among this crowd, here's a quick list of 10 things food banks really want. Hint: It's not another bag full of canned beans. 

Rather, it's things like spices and chocolate — items that really help in the kitchen, but which you might not think to donate. And, of course, it's non-food items, such as diapers, feminine products, and socks. 

Nothing like a warm pair of socks for spreading some holiday cheer.