DETROIT -

With Christmas in sight and Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the rear view, local charities are hoping that people will contribute to those less fortunate this season.

Giving Tuesday, which is Dec. 3, is a national, daylong event aimed at helping charities raise money online.

This year's "Holiday Salute to Military Families" campaign is asking Americans to give back to those who have given to us by serving for our country.

With nearly half of the nation's active duty military members being parents, more than half of a million spouses and children of those members are spending their holidays without their loved one.

"Despite the courage and strength upheld by military families year-round, separation can be financially and emotionally exhausting, and the holidays can intensify those feelings," said Ellie Kay, America's Military Family Expert ®.

Operation Homefront plans to provide close to 25,000 toys and more than 17,000 meals to military families nationwide.

Fisher House is an organization that provides a home away from home for families with a service member in the hospital for an illness, disease or injury. Through their "Sponsor A Family" program, those families will be provided 50,000 nights of lodging so that they may be close to a loved one who is hospitalized.

Click here to make a donation and salute Fisher House's "Sponsor A Family" program.

Click here to make a donation through Operation Homefront. These donations will help bring active duty military servicemen home to spend the holidays with loved ones.