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Giving in Focus
Children point at the glass as a long train rounds the bend and Thomas the Tank Engine passes overhead. Outside, a flashing red signal tells neighbors it's time to hop aboard. Welcome to John and June Sturgeon's indoor train garden, a collection of model trains the couple have been sharing with friends and neighbors every holiday season for nearly 15 years.

About the series

This series by CNN writers and photojournalists looks at the creative and traditional ways people are giving of their time, their resources and their love, highlighting acts of generosity that can be found not only at the holidays, but throughout the year. Watch "Giving in Focus Video," hosted by CNN's Tom Foreman, and become a Facebook fan of the CNN In Focus series. FULL SCHEDULE

Opinion

With an open heart, giving is receiving
Many people are struggling just to provide the basics these days. The big question is, how do you find joy and fulfillment during lean holiday times like these?-- Jane Seymour, actress and artist

Giving through pottery

Impact Your World

Here are some of the groups mentioned in the series:

Team Trakr
Kathryn's Gift
The International Breast Milk Project
School on Wheels
The Justin Charity Bear Fund
Food and Friends

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Quick Vote

How much are you giving to charities this year?