While you’re already in the spirit of giving to the ones you love, why not look into giving a bit to charity as well this year? After all, strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet! If you don’t already have a favorite charity, here’s a brief list of some excellent ones worth checking out:
Many people associate the humane society with animal shelters, but in addition to saving dogs and cats each year, the Humane Society of the United States also dedicates itself to preventing and halting animal cruelty. In addition to rescuing animals and providing free veterinary care to pets in families with low-income, this charity also works to end puppy mills, factory farming, cosmetic testing on animals, and the passing of anti-cruelty laws. If protecting animals is at the top of your cause list, you should check out their website for details on donating money via online methods or through the mail!
A child’s education is the gift that keeps on giving. At DonorsChoose.org, you can browse through school systems by location, academic group (science, math, literature, music, arts, etc), or a combination of both to find a school system in need of donations for causes you care about. The schools also list their poverty ranking as part of the snippet about the school so you can also make decisions based on greatest need!
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude’s charge is to advance cures and treat children for catastrophic diseases. No child is denied treatment at this facility due to an inability to pay for services. In fact, families don’t even receive a bill from this research hospital for anything related to their care or stay. Check out their website to make a donation of your own or approach your workplace in regards to starting an employer gift matching fund this season.
The Salvation Army’s Angel Trees can be found in many malls throughout America. These trees have small paper angels attached and each angel has the name, age, gender, gift requests, and a code number associated with an underprivileged child in your area. You can donate in one of two ways. The first is to make a monetary donation online. For a more hands-on approach to giving with your children, consider hopping online to find a local center using the link above, or going to your local mall, and selecting an angel from the tree together. Shopping for the child you’ve selected with your children can help them get into the spirit of giving and charity while making a life-long impression.
Meals on Wheels is another program that can be found in many American cities. This group provides hot meals to the homebound elderly in our country and there are several different ways you can contribute to this organization. If you follow the link above, you can donate money directly online or find a Meals on Wheels program in your area to volunteer for in delivering meals and providing companionship to the elderly in their homes, local senior centers, and community centers.