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Easy Ways To Give Back This Holiday Season

Submitted by on December 8, 2010 – 9:48 amOne Comment

If you’re like me, showing appreciation for your blessings in the form of giving back to those less fortunate is a constant theme. The holiday season is a time where our efforts to make the world a better place often don’t feel sufficient, especially when we’re so caught up satisfying our own circle of family and friends.

If you’ve found yourself in a charitable spirit as Christmas approaches, here’s a guide to legitimate non-profit organizations you can make small but crucial donations to—paying your fortune forward:

Keep someone warm this winter. If you head to dollarenergyfund.org and pledge to pay one dollar extra on your energy bill each month, you’ll be helping families struggling to pay theirs.

Pick up a “feel good” gift card. If you buy a seasonal $10 gift card from justgive.org, the recipient can redeem it at the charity of their choice—over 1.5 million options are available.

Save the babies…and pets, too. Noahsark.org accepts small donations that go towards helping abused children rehabilitate abused animals.

Nothing means more than a smile. Entertainers help lift the spirits of children in refugee camps, war zones and disaster areas with Clowns Without Borders, and they need your help to continue their mission.

Chop away. Donate your hair to matteroftrust.org and it could be used to clean up oil spills. (For real. Apparently environmental experts are using natural fibers for disasters nowadays).

Buy (Red) products. You’re already familiar with The Global Fund campaign to help eliminate AIDS in Africa, but have you actually bought something yet? From iPods to clothing and more, this is definitely a worth cause.

Each one, teach one. Mentoring is close to my heart (I work with YouthAtRisk.org) and if you sign up to mentoring.org, you can become a role model for a young person aged six to 18 in your area.

So…what are you waiting for? Help make a difference this season.

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