Even though the unusually warm weather is attempting to convince us otherwise, the holiday season is upon us! And what better way to embrace the season than with some charitable giving. We took a look at some organizations that are doing it right this year:

For the fourth year in a row, The Community Design Resource Center (CDRC) for Boston hosted a creative and delicious fundraiser at the BSA Space called the Gingerbread Design Competition, Exhibition + Auction. More than 20 architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and urban planning firms came together to create culinary masterpieces representative of the theme, which was Imagine Boston. This year, architecture firm Arrowstreet, located in Post Office Square, decided to join in on the tasty fun with their original edible impersonation of Boston City Hall. The firm’s replica was one of 15 gingerbread designs, which included other popular landmarks like a licorice Citgo sign, fluffy marshmallow Prudential Tower and even a candy-filled “Boston Strong” sign. This year’s event raised a total of $18,335 – very impressive!

In other charitable news this holiday season, One Greenway, a 363-unit mixed-income project in Boston’s Chinatown developed by New Boston Fund, held a resident-wide gift drive to support the DCF Kids Fund, an organization that provides basic necessities and enrichment opportunities for the 40,000 children served by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. With all necessary tools provided by the One Greenway team, residents joined together for a holiday gift-wrapping party. According to the DCF, the Kids Fund provided more than 32,000 children with gifts for the 2015 holiday season.

Another notable charity-themed event that was held just in time for the holiday season was Skanska USA’s 1350 Boylston groundbreaking. Skanska, one of the largest construction and development companies in the U.S., wanted to give back to the Boston community – one of several cities in which the company is based – by donating the funds that would have gone to a traditional shovel-and-dirt groundbreaking ceremony to the Boston Arts Academy, Boston’s only public high school devoted to the visual and performing arts. Mayor Marty Walsh, Senior Deputy Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams of the Boston Public Schools and Lee Pelton, President of Emerson College and of the Boston Arts Academy’s Board of Directors were all in attendance as Skanska’s Vice President of Commercial Development Charles Leatherbee presented BAA Headmaster Anne Clark with a $10,000 donation to the school. It’s donations like these that keep the school up and running on a daily basis, and to show their appreciation, the school’s jazz band and student choir both performed at the check presentation ceremony. It was a wonderful way to give back to the community and celebrate a new development.

It can be easy to forget sometimes what the holidays are truly about. However with events like these, organizations such as Arrowstreet, Skanska and New Boston Fund remind us that it’s what you give and not what you receive that really counts.