The best way to spread holiday cheer is to give back to those less fortunate than yourself.

To inspire some generosity this holiday season, we asked readers how they like to give back to the causes that matter most to them. Readers shared the nonprofits they support including local food banks, animal shelters, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, Doctors Without Borders, and more.

If you want to dedicate some of your time or extra resources to an important cause in your community, this list will give you some ideas of where to lend your help.