Word Around Town | Holiday Gifts

A sampling of great holiday gifts that raise money for worthy causes.

New York City Profits from Housing Works's frosted gingerbread houses go to help people living with AIDS ($40; theworkscatering.org). Sales of delicious cinnamon rugalach from Baked in the 'Hood support Harlem's Association to Benefit Children, which teaches baking to the underprivileged ($15 for 1 lb; 888-BAKE-ABC).

Boston Dancing Deer Baking Co. will donate 35 percent of the profits from its sales of gingerbread cakes and cookies to help the homeless ($22 for a house kit; 888-699-DEER).

Washington, DC Proceeds from the DC-based Share Our Strength's cookbook, Baking from the Heart, will help feed hungry children nationwide. Dozens of pastry chefs, including François Payard, contributed their holiday recipes to the book ($20; amazon.com).

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