Thought I'd post two places you and your kids could donate this holiday season. These are great ways to involve your kids in the holiday spirit and it's not a financial burden.
Send personal letters or care packages to soldiers serving abroad. In the care packages, you can include things like Halloween candy, small stuffed animals (for the soldiers to give to kids in the countries they're serving), scarves (they're looking for 60,000 of them), cookies (also good to give out to local kids).
Items and letters are sent to a California, so shipping is not expensive.
Send new or used DVDs to troops oversees. The organization is collecting them through December 15th. You can send donations for shipping as well - $5 sends a box of 35 DVDs.