Christmas Giving

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    Dec 01, 2012 12:42 AM GMT
    I was hoping you guys could give me some advice. Many years ago, my immediate family and I decided not to buy each other Christmas gifts and to contribute the money we would have spent to a worthy cause.

    In the past, I've contributed to the local animal shelter, food kitchen and the American Cancer Society. I'm kind of aiming outside the box this year. Can you think of a worthy cause that could use a little extra help this holiday season? I was thinking about finding a lesser-known charity. Thanks guys!
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    Dec 01, 2012 12:55 AM GMT
    snowman3 saidI was hoping you guys could give me some advice. Many years ago, my immediate family and I decided not to buy each other Christmas gifts and to contribute the money we would have spent to a worthy cause.

    In the past, I've contributed to the local animal shelter, food kitchen and the American Cancer Society. I'm kind of aiming outside the box this year. Can you think of a worthy cause that could use a little extra help this holiday season? I was thinking about finding a lesser-known charity. Thanks guys!


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    Dec 01, 2012 12:56 AM GMT
    This is a worthy cause in my area. There might be something similar in your area that could use the help.

    http://www.ruthelliscenter.org/
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    Dec 01, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
    How about adopting a couple of Angels off an Angel tree. To give kids without a better Christmas?
  • comical44

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    Dec 01, 2012 1:02 AM GMT
    Big Brothers Big sisters
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    Dec 01, 2012 1:11 AM GMT
    I try to give to charities that often get overlooked. Cancer & kids get all the funds. And if you give money to kids charities at xmas, it will go to toys. bleh.
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    Dec 01, 2012 1:23 AM GMT
    Have a look at http://www.charitynavigator.com
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    Dec 01, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
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    Dec 01, 2012 1:31 AM GMT
    The Point Foundation

    The Ocean Conservancy

    The Performing Animal Welfare Society
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    Dec 01, 2012 1:31 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the excellent suggestions! My goal is to contribute to a charity that may not have big name drawing power and this really gives me a good starting point. Again, thanks! And Mike, your check is in the mail.
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    Dec 01, 2012 1:51 AM GMT
    Guidestar is an excellent resource that allows you to look at the IRS Form 990s and other key data of non-profits in your area that participate. I've taken the liberty of doing an advanced search for Dayton ... here are the results - http://www.guidestar.org/SearchResults.aspx
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    Dec 01, 2012 2:02 AM GMT
    Perhaps you could donate to the relief funds for victims of these latest storms. I think there are people in the New York area and the East Coast still suffering after the super storm. They might be a worthy cause this holiday season.
  • O5vx

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    Dec 01, 2012 3:06 AM GMT
    American Association for people who are Blind? They could use the support of people like yourself.
  • LJay

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    Dec 01, 2012 3:20 AM GMT
    Thinking the same as Conquest. The Red Cross always needs money and I think you can designate it for Sandy Relief.

    Another possibility is a local church food closet. It is flabbergasting how much food aid is dispersed by volunteers in churches. The theology involved is simple: help the poor.
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    Dec 01, 2012 3:53 AM GMT
    . "The Friends of Shelldrake wildlife Trust. I can't give a URL right now, I am using a cellphone. It is 1 of those American feeder organizations, which funnels money to a foreign charity, so that it is tax deductible in the US - if you cannot take a tax deduction when you contribute to a foreign charity directly. If you Google Shelldrake and elephant, you will find the URL. The widow ShellDrake has a farm in Africa, where she rescues And Rehabilitates orphaned elephants, whose mothers have been killed by poachers. With the newly rich Chinese buying illegal ivory like it was going out of style, and even Chinese government officials loading up planes with illegal ivory, the poachers are going wild, and even using machine guns to slaughter whole herds of elephants for the ivory. There are ever more greater numbers of orphaned elephant babies.
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    Dec 01, 2012 4:02 AM GMT
    I decided today to buy hot chocolate, winter mittens and hats to distribute between the elderly homeless of the city since it was very cold today. It was an awesome experience that I will repeat next week. It's very rewarding.
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    Dec 01, 2012 4:06 AM GMT
    Why don't you guys all spend a day volunteering for a good cause (That's if you have time). You can see how your charity affects people first hand and it will most likely be a more rewarding experience if you do it with your family; It'll be like family bonding time.
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    Dec 01, 2012 4:34 AM GMT
    snowman3 saidI was hoping you guys could give me some advice. Many years ago, my immediate family and I decided not to buy each other Christmas gifts and to contribute the money we would have spent to a worthy cause.

    In the past, I've contributed to the local animal shelter, food kitchen and the American Cancer Society. I'm kind of aiming outside the box this year. Can you think of a worthy cause that could use a little extra help this holiday season? I was thinking about finding a lesser-known charity. Thanks guys!


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    Dec 01, 2012 5:58 AM GMT
    snowman3 saidI was hoping you guys could give me some advice.
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    Dec 01, 2012 7:23 AM GMT
    Adopt-a-Family is always a good one in our area. You can select a small family or couple and then you actually buy them what they want. Sometimes supplemented with a gift card. It really hits home when someones wish list includes socks, underwear, jeans, tee shirts and stuff that some of us just consider every day purchases. Good cause.
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    Dec 01, 2012 8:29 AM GMT
    snowman3 saidI was hoping you guys could give me some advice. Many years ago, my immediate family and I decided not to buy each other Christmas gifts and to contribute the money we would have spent to a worthy cause.

    In the past, I've contributed to the local animal shelter, food kitchen and the American Cancer Society. I'm kind of aiming outside the box this year. Can you think of a worthy cause that could use a little extra help this holiday season? I was thinking about finding a lesser-known charity. Thanks guys!



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