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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Even with the tough economy, retailers are giving even more money to charity.
According to a USA Today report, Home Depot, Best Buy, Staples, Wal Mart, Macy's, Target, and Mooresville-based Lowe's all gave the same or more to charities this year.
Of course, the donations most people give won't be as big as a corporate gifts, but there are ways your help cane make just as much of a difference.
On Wednesday, Consumer Reporter Kristen Miranda went in search of organizations in need of volunteers for Christmas Eve night and Christmas Day.
She discovered it wasn't as easy as one might think because many larger organizations filled their Christmas volunteer lists several weeks ago.
But here's an option for you and some advice.
C.J. Williams was inspired to celebrate a different kind of Christmas after an encounter he had with a homeless man.
"I gave him some money and went to give him a handshake and he gave me a hug," Williams said. "It kind of overwhelmed me and not to get misty-eyed, but I told my dad about it and said 'What do you think about feeding the homeless for Christmas?'"
His father, Carl Williams, said, "Absolutely, feeding the homeless is what we stand for."
They own Lola's Restaurant at 300 South Brevard near the Charlotte Convention Center. On Thursday, they intend to open their restaurant to the less fortunate.
"I've got my mother's home-made sweet potato pies," the younger Williams said. "We're just going to get rid of everything tomorrow."
They delivered flyers to homeless shelters and accepted donations at the restaurant for the big meal. They're even signing up a volunteer list but they need more help.
This Williams family says it doesn't bother them in the least to spend their holiday giving to a new extended family.
"Its all about giving, [you've] got to give back, a lot of people wouldn't be struggling in the world if we were to give more."
Lola's Restaurant will be open to feed the homeless on Thursday from 11 am to 5 pm.
Click the red camera icon to see Kristen Miranda's report which aired during our 5 p.m. newscast Wednesday.