As you buy your holiday gifts, consider using part of your gift budget to help the world be a better place. Even a small gift– $10 even–can be helpful. And it feels so good to do something for someone else.
So here are a few ways to stay in the holiday spirit.
Northern Dogs Project
Keep dogs in northern Canada from freezing to death with a gift of warmth and caring. Riley endorses this project.
Do you have a dog who is warm and comfy this winter? Dogs left outside in northern Canada are dying from exposure. The International Fund for Animal Welfare is providing dog houses to those in need. Here’s a video on the project.
Won’t you help? It’s already snowing up there and your financial support is needed HERE.
The ASPCA or any animal welfare group
Riley knows that he has a great life, but that many of his fellow dogs are abandoned and suffering The ASPCA is doing so much to help animals in need. If, like me, you simply can not watch the TV ads that graphically depict dogs and cats in need, write a check or use your credit card to make a donation of any size. How about this: instead of giving your significant other a gift, or receiving one from him/her you might make a joint donation as your holiday gift. HERE’s where you donate. Think of all the good you’ll do for animals who are suffering and in need.
Local help for the homeless
Something you can do today: buy some new socks, underwear, warm sweatshirts and gloves and donate them right away to an organization that serve the homeless. It’s winter. People are cold. This is such a small thing. Will you do it?
What you can do to help rural Africans
You may not be able to go on a mission to Africa, but you can help from your own home.
Who even knew that something as simple as pill bottles could make a huge difference?In parts of Africa, pills are distributed in folded scraps of paper, making them easy to lose and risking kids getting into them. The answer? Pill bottles. Why not do a holiday pill bottle drive? Ask friends and relatives to save their pill bottles, collect them and ship them off to this U.S. address, and they’ll get to Malawi. Any kind of pill bottle. Including aspirin, decongestants, etc. If you don’t take pills, I’ll bet your friends and family do.
Could this act of kindness be any easier? So much better than putting empty pill bottles in the recycle bin. HERE is the info.
Don’t forget the children!
This is my opportunity to plug the wonderful St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, which is the major beneficiary of our estate. You may know it from Marlo Thomas’ involvement and before her, that of her dad, Danny Thomas. You may not know that the very sick kids treated there and their parents are not charged a cent. Not a cent or a dime or a dollar. This is such a wonderful place doing such good work, a donation would make a wonderful holiday gift. You can even dedicate it to someone–including your own healthy children or grandchildren. Here’s a link.