People Helping People is a list of charitable causes in our area that need donations or volunteers. The Beacon Journal has not investigated these causes, so donors should verify their worthiness and the tax-deductibility of contributions.

A link to a form for submitting requests to People Helping People can be found at www.ohio.com/charity, along with tips on researching charities and a list of causes already published.

Questions about submitting information? Call Mary Beth Breckenridge, 330-996-3756.

AlterPet Inc., P.O. Box 552, Sharon Center, OH 44274, offers subsidized spay/neuter services for pets of low-income owners, as well as for barn cats and feral colonies.

It is seeking donations of Acme register receipts through Jan. 6; Natural Balance pet food UPCs and register receipts; UPCs from Our Family products, Dadís brand pet foods and Cloud Star/Buddy Biscuits; and towels and blankets for animal use.

AlterPet also encourages supporters to shop using the links on its website, www.AlterPet.org. The organization receives donations for purchases made that way, at no cost to the buyers.

For information, call 330-321-6243 or email AlterPet@aol.com.

The Peter Maurin Center, 1096 S. Main St., Akron, is seeking contributions of Christmas gifts to be given to children of the Summit Lake area during its annual Childrenís Christmas Dinner and Santa Party on Dec. 19. Donors are asked to provide gifts worth up to $25 for children ages 6 months to 14 years.

Donations may be dropped off at the center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, or call Ken Zehenni at 330-907-6710 to arrange a pickup.

The center is also accepting donations of money to buy gifts. Monetary donations may be made via PayPal at www.petermaurincenter.org or mailed to P.O. Box 1105, Hudson, OH 44236.