The Season of Giving - Your Charities

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    Dec 16, 2008 10:16 PM GMT
    Hey guys

    It's the season for giving, and most of us exchange gifts with our loved ones.

    This year, I have convinced my partner that we will spend the money we would drop on gifts for each other on the charity that we each feel is most worthwhile.

    My chosen charity is always Oxfam - Make Trade Fair.
    This charity is dedicated to making sure that first world countries are paying market rates to third world countries for the produce that they buy.

    An example -
    The coffee you buy in your store is most often bought from small, village farmers in impoverished areas of Africa or South America. The large companies such as Nestle or even Starbucks will determine the price they pay for this coffee by saturating the market with cheaper alternative coffee beans until the small farmers have no choice but to agree to the terms of the big multinationals. This may mean that they are paid an absolute pittance for their product, and this adds to the poverty of the country. It is a disgraceful situation, when we, as consumers, are happily sipping our latte without realising that we are in fact depressing the economic situation of millions of people worldwide simply by our desire to get a decent, cheap cup of coffee.

    Everyone in this world deserves to be paid a fair and decent wage for their hard work.

    This is my "thing" when it comes to charitable causes. I don't believe in throwing sacks of rice out of planes to feed the hungry - it is a defeatist way to show charity. As the old saying goes:

    Catch a fish for a man and he will not go hungry
    Teach him how to fish and his whole village will not go hungry

    Tell us all on RJ about your charitable passions and why we should all help the causes that you support.
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    Dec 16, 2008 11:46 PM GMT
    - Amnesty International;
    - AIDS Committee of Toronto;
    - United Way;
    - Queen's University;
    - Kids Help Phoneline.

    Not just at this time of year though.
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    Dec 17, 2008 4:43 AM GMT
    GMHC

    WWF

    Los Angeles Mission

    Martha's Village (local)

    And I make sure I carry cash for the people outside of the stores (Salvation Army and other charities). Who knows, it could be a scam, but it's better to give to a liar than to not give at all.
  • Csrobbie2000

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    Dec 17, 2008 4:34 PM GMT
    I started doing some charities this year. For my birthday in Sept, I decided to have a fund raising for the LA Aids Walk and asked my friends to instead of giving gifts, bring their checkbooks and donate. Suprisingly, we raised about $6000 that night. I also volunteer working in the kitchen for Project Angel Food to prepare and deliver meals to people with Aids in LA County. Project Angel Food also had their Divine Design 2 weeks ago where all the designers and boutiques donated their clothes, items, and they will be sold at a discount price (50% to 90% off) to general public. It's fun and it's for a very cause if you have some free time on your hand.
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    Dec 17, 2008 4:41 PM GMT
    United Way
    The Empty Stocking Fund( Here In Atlanta)
    McClaren Hall Chlidren's Center in Los Angeles.
    Just dropped off toys at the local fire station here in Atlanta.
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    Dec 17, 2008 4:50 PM GMT
    I already mentioned in another thread that I just bought my partner a charitable society membership as a Christmas stocking stuffer. For those in South Florida who might also wish to donate to them, it's for Broward House, a major AIDS/HIV non-profit agency. He'll be joining their Spirit of Hope Society, but all donations of money and gifts are welcome.

    http://browardhouse.org/

    I also renewed his Founder's Circle membership with the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of South Florida (GLCC) in Fort Lauderdale. Another worthy group to consider this holiday, that spearheads many pro-active community efforts, including HIV/AIDS education & outreach.

    http://glccsf.org
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    Dec 17, 2008 5:06 PM GMT
    Haven't given this year. I usually drop a 20 in the salvation army basket.. However this year I haven't.

    I use to not care that they were anti gay.. It was like so what more good comes out of it than bad.. However i'm not sure if a gay family living in poverty would get the same treatment as a straight family would or if they would do anything if they new someone was gay so i've opted out this year.

    Soo far i've only donated to ( red ). by drinking Starbucks..

    I'm going to buy some food and donate it to a foodbank so some family has a Christmas dinner.
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    Dec 17, 2008 5:14 PM GMT
    StopAIDS.org here in SF is the one organization that I truly believe in. I donate to them throughout the year knowing that my money will not ONLY go to their organization, but others as well.
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    Dec 17, 2008 5:19 PM GMT
    My charity of choice is Child's Play. It's so incredible that a couple of geeks turned a little bit of internet fame into a pretty wildly successful charity event.
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    Dec 17, 2008 5:20 PM GMT
    Sean_85 saidI'm going to buy some food and donate it to a foodbank so some family has a Christmas dinner.


    Thanks! I forgot that one. In the Fort Lauderdale area, here's the food bank for which we buy Thanksgiving turkeys, and also donate for Christmas dinners for persons living with HIV/AIDS.

    http://www.poverello.org/

    We also sponsor a needy child for Christmas gifts through our MCC church. Getting a little late, but check your own place of worship for holiday giving opportunities.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 17, 2008 5:28 PM GMT
    Well I have several I have:

    Wichita Humane Society: I contribute monthly to this local
    organization for the benefit of animals.

    Positive Directions: Local Aids support group

    Beagle Adoptions: State beagle adoption organization

    American Cancer Society: Give periodically to this organization.