What Gives? Little ways you can make a big difference

Shop to fight hunger

Employees at Half Price Books all over the nation have been busy making ornaments, which will be sold Dec. 1 and 2 to benefit the North Texas Food Bank. Each dollar spent will provide three meals for those in need in North Texas. Shop the Ornament Sale at the flagship shop on Northwest Highway on Friday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. until sold out.

Trek for Thomas

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Thomas Martinelli

Thomas Martinelli was just 19 months old when he was diagnosed with a peroxisomal disorder, a genetic condition that’s slowly causing him to go blind. Affecting just one in 4,000, it has benefited from stem cell research, and researchers are even closer to finding a cure. To help that goal, the Martinelli family hosts Trekking for Thomas, a 1-mile fun run for kids, which also includes a beer and wine garden for adults. Set for Dec. 3 from 1-3 p.m., kids can also expect an obstacle course, bounce house and other treats. Registration ranges from $25 a person to $100 for the whole family, or $10 for those who just want access to the beer and wine. All proceeds go to the Global Foundation for Peroxisomal Disorders. Get all the details at facebook.com/trekkingforthomas.

Basics for Christmas

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Pamper Lake Highlands helps families in need by providing the true basic necessities. It began with diapers, but now the neighborhood nonprofit is seeking other household items like paper towels, Band-Aids and hand soap. See a complete list of needs, and where to donate, at pamperlakehighlands.org.

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