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Get a great workout and help women at SafeHouse Denver by attending a donation-based barre class. —Image courtesy of Barre Forte.

Our Top Charitable Picks for December 21-27

Get Involved is a weekly series pointing readers toward community-oriented events, volunteer opportunities, and good causes in Colorado.

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Children’s Holiday Book Drive: Give local kids the gift of imagination this year. Donate books for children between 6 months and 5 years old, and support Reach Out and Read Colorado in their mission to educate families about the importance of reading and increase literacy rates. Bonus: For every 10 books collected, the Tattered Cover will add one to the collection. Through December; times vary; Tattered Cover Book Stores, 2526 East Colfax Ave.; 1628 16th St.; 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton

Barre Forte Class: Thanks to this innovative fitness studio, you can work off those holiday cookies while making a difference. The studio’s weekly donation-based signature barre class helps empower women in the community by benefiting SafeHouse Denver, an organization that provides shelter, counseling, and education for victims of domestic violence. Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m.; Highlands Ranch studio, 36 W. Springer Dr., Highlands Ranch; 303-218-7765; Fridays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; Southmoor studio, 6895 E. Hampden Ave.; 303-218-7777

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YMCA Holiday Drive: Make a huge difference to families in need by donating school supplies, toiletries, diapers, bus tickets, and even cash to the YMCA of Metro Denver, and make it a happy holiday for others in the community. Through December, all YMCA locations

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