A couple of places around Little Rock are offering Christmas dinner for the homeless.

Thinking of ways to make a difference this holiday? A few places around the capital city offer opportunities to help the needy.

Here are a few places to help out:

2012 Christmas Caravan

The annual outreach Christmas Caravan provides basic necessities to homeless adults, as well as toys and gift items for homeless children.

From 8 a.m. to noon Saturday (Dec. 22), volunteers will travel parade-style with Santa Claus leading the way and will have clothing, hygiene supplies, and other donations and gifts in tow. At the Clinton Presidential Center, clothing, gifts and other items will be distributed.

To learn more about supporting or participating in the Caravan, contact event coordinator Sandra R. Wilson at 501-580-6185 or sandra@christmascaravan.org.

Little Rock Compassion Center

More than 300 adults will be served a traditional Christmas dinner at noon Tuesday (Dec. 25) at the Little Rock Compassion Center, 3618 W. Roosevelt, Little Rock. Songs and gift giving will follow the meal. Find out how you can help here.

The Salvation Army Central Arkansas Area Command

The Salvation Army Central Arkansas Area Command will host its Christmas Community Meal on 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 25) in its shelter dining room at the corner of Markham and Cross Streets, downtown Little Rock.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Kathy Barbeire by email at kathy_barbeire@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Is there a place that wasn't mentioned? Email ljames@abpg.com or tell us in the comment box below!