SOURCE: Lavalife

November 24, 2008 13:22 ET

Singles Give Back This Holiday Season

Lavalife Helps Singles Find Their Perfect Charitable Mate

TORONTO--(Marketwire - November 24, 2008) - 'TIS the season to be... giving back to those in need. This holiday season Lavalife, a leader in the singles industry for over 20 years, is helping singles achieve charitable giving success... and maybe even find another socially conscious single looking for love.

The holiday season is a time for giving, spending time with friends and loved ones, and spreading the holiday cheer. It's also the time when charities need as many helping hands as they can get, especially during these hard economic times. So this year, Lavalife has come up with the perfect way for singles to celebrate themselves by doing something good for others. Lavalife's list of charities offer great places for singles to give back and help change the world no matter what their interests, and maybe even lead them to finding a fellow single volunteer in time to stand underneath the mistletoe.

Some volunteer options to consider include working at a local food bank sorting and distributing contributions, walking dogs and grooming some furry friends at local animal shelters, joining a street patrol to distribute coffee, soup, blankets to transient people, or helping out at your local YMCA/YWCA... the list is endless. And if you aren't able to donate time, remember that non-profit organizations are always in need of financial support to be able to continue their work throughout the year, so consider sending a tax deductible contribution to your favorite charity or organization. Below are six more great ways to spend your holiday season giving back as a single.

Habitat for Humanity

www.habitat.org

This is a great hands-on approach to giving back to the community. And what red-blooded single wouldn't love to meet someone who's good with his/her hands?

Covenant House

www.covenanthouse.org

Mentoring street kids who have survived abhorrent living conditions is the best way to put your holiday blues in perspective. Keep a look out for other single counselors, because there's really nothing hotter than someone who has dedicated their life to helping others.

SPCA

www.spca.com

Nobody likes the thought of a sweet little critter shivering in its kennel, especially over the holidays when other pets get to bat around sparkly ornaments, chew on ribbons and just generally wreak havoc on the holiday decor. So in addition to having "Must Love Dogs" in your Lavalife profile, head to your local SPCA chapter, and you may just run into a fellow canine lover here.

Salvation Army

www.salvationarmyusa.org (in the U.S.) and www.salvationarmy.ca (in Canada)

The Salvation Army offers the perfect opportunity to not only clean out your closets, but put a warm coat on someone who might not otherwise get the chance to stay so warm during this cold time of year. They'll appreciate it more than you know and you may come across someone just as generous as you.

Donate Blood

www.redcross.org (American Red Cross) and www.redcross.ca (Canadian Red Cross)

With a serious shortage in both Canada and the U.S., donating blood really is the gift of life. You also might spot a cute nurse or doctor looking to not only raise your sugar levels with juice and cookies, but get your heart beating fast too!

Organize Your Own Toy Drive

It's easier than you think. Get in touch with the charity of your choice. Ask them what kinds of toys they're looking for. Band together some volunteers. And contact other organizations like your local police department and fire hall to see if they want to partner up with you. This is the perfect opportunity for men to show what a great dad they'll make, and ladies, well, all we have to say is "men in uniform."

No matter if you are donating time or financial support, your help will be greatly appreciated by all those in need this holiday season. You can find hundreds of organizations looking for help online, and other great holiday advice on Lavalife's online magazine, Click (http://www.click.lavalife.com).

About Lavalife

Lavalife is ranked the #1 website for online dating in Canada* and is ranked among the top 10 worldwide dating sites.** A leading provider of products and services designed for singles, Lavalife connects, engages and entertains through a variety of web, voice and mobile offerings. Founded in 1987, Lavalife Corp. markets its products and services across the United States, Canada and Australia. Lavalife's open-minded approach to online dating allows singles to choose how they want to "click" by offering three unique and distinctive services in personals: dating, relationships and intimate encounters. Lavalife has attracted millions of unique members who exchange 1.3 million messages every day. For more information, visit http://www.lavalife.com.

*Source: Combination of comScore Media Metrix and Lavalife. Lavalife estimates that it ranks #1 in Canada when publicly quoted statistics are adjusted to reflect traffic assigned to other web sites.

** Source: Combination of comScore Media Metrix and Lavalife. Lavalife estimates that it ranks in the top 10 worldwide when publicly quoted statistics are adjusted to reflect traffic assigned to other web sites.

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