CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Thanksgiving falls late this year. It's a shorter season, meaning less time to fit in all those get-togethers or shopping trips. It also means less time to give.In the rush between Thanksgiving and Christmas, please don't forget that giving extends beyond friends and family. Please don't forget the less fortunate.Today marks the start of the 2013 Gazette Charities Christmas Fund drive. Starting on Thursday -- Thanksgiving Day -- and running through Christmas, the Gazette will feature stories illustrating the need that exists in our community.You'll read about real people in dire situations who have turned to one or more of the 10 local help agencies sponsored by Gazette Charities.Those agencies are: Children's Home Society, Covenant House, Daymark, Gabriel Project WV, Heart & Hand, Jericho House, Manna Meal, Mountain Mission, Salvation Army and Union Mission.When you give to the Christmas Fund, every penny of your tax-deductible gift goes to continue the work of these much-needed agencies. The Gazette assumes all administrative costs associated with the fund.No gift is too small. But please don't delay. The need is there, no matter the duration of the season. To donate, look for the donation coupon in today's paper. Or go to wvgazette.com and look for the Christmas Fund logo to give online.