Give and Get.

Children with special needs and their families are invited to a photo session at Fashion Valley with Caring Santa on December 7 at 8:30 a.m. Presented in association with AbilityPath and Autism Speaks, Caring Santa is set up to support sensory, physical and other developmental needs. Many steps are taken to reduce sensory triggers – music turned off near the Santa set; nearby escalators shut down; lights dimmed – creating a more comforting experience for the children’s magical visit with Santa.

Nordstrom is teaming up with New Balance and a nonprofit partner, Shoes That Fit, to give customers the chance to make a big difference in the life of a child this holiday season. Customers can visit any Rack or full-line store to purchase a $10 gift tag at the register. Every $10 donation will go towards buying a pair of new sneakers for a local kid in need.

Hooray for the Underdog is celebrating all rescues. This holiday season purchase stationery with images and inspiring profiles of rescue dogs and cats that were abandoned and then given a second chance at life. Greeting cards that celebrate rescues and gives back directly to the fostering organizations, you cannot help falling in love with the adoptable dogs and their stories, which are printed on the back of each card.

Remember. Honor. Teach. Multiple campus groups are also remembering veterans this holiday season. On Saturday, December 14, UC San Diego’s Volunteer50 are collaborating with Wreaths Across America San Diego for a wreath laying ceremony at Miramar National Cemetery. The annual event pays tribute to those who have served in the military with a formal ceremony followed by the placement of holiday wreaths upon the gravesites of veterans. You can join and help sponsor a wreath.