Tomorrow not only marks the official start of the Christmas countdown,
but also the beginning of the season of giving.
The holidays bring out the best in most people, but givers look out. There's some people looking to score big on your dime.
"Give with your head as well as your heart," says Kelvin Collins, Better Business Bureau of Central Georgia.
Text messages, mail advertisements, and face-to-face scamming are all common during the holiday season.
"We have issues where people are putting fake clothing bins in parking lots, and people come in and they think they're giving to a charitable organization, when they're actually giving to a for profit organization," says Collins.
Phone solicitors are also common this time of year.
"Anyone that calls me and asks for my social and information over the phone I just know they're a a scam," says Macon resident, Linda Farris.
If you've still got the urge to give, websites like guidestar.org and give.org, are one stop shops with details about non-profit organizations. You don't have to make a nationwide contribution to make a difference.
"The local charities are the ones that are really struggling this time of year," says Collins.
When you drop money into one of the Salvation Army kettles, you're helping to make the holidays a little happier for families in middle Georgia.
"I applied to get help with presents for children because I have 3 children and I have a part time job," says Salama Flowers.
Flowers is a single mother who sees first hand, the Salvation Army's 'salvation' during the holiday season. Money and toys aren't the only way to help.
"Inviting people that might not have a family over to my house for dinner," says Farris.
Sometimes, the simple gift of a smile is all it takes to make someone's season a little brighter.
"Just being friendly, that kindness, that goes a long way," says Flowers.