The Twenty Best Holiday Charities of 2008
Although I know things are tight this year in America, they still are a million times better than in certain other parts of the world where volunteers are hard at work just trying to provide clean water, food, and shelter for our fellow human beings.
If you have a roof over your head, food in your fridge, and a few dollars in the bank then you may want to consider the fact that despite current less fortunate economic circumstances, the majority of us reading this top twenty charity list are truly amongst the richest people in the world. They say that if you own your own computer you are officially in the top 1% of the world’s wealthiest population!
The holidays are the perfect time to share that wealth.
For many of these well established charities even a simple $1 or $10 donation can make a significant difference in the life of another. I asked my friend Shirley Petretic, the author of Proof Positivity, a website that focuses on positive news and charity promotion, to put together a list for us that are looking for some great charities to support this holiday season.
1. Toys for Tots Help provide toys for children who don’t have much.
2. Coats For Kids Provides a coat, gloves, and scarves for children in need.
3. Cradles to Crayons In Boston and Philadelphia Help provide car seats, clothing, strollers, even personal hygiene products for teens.
4. Make A Wish Make an ill child’s wish come true. You can donate or volunteer your time. If you volunteer your time you may have to pay to be background checked. This is important for the safety of the children this organization serves.
5. Habitat for Humanity Their goal is to eliminate substandard housing. They need funding and volunteers.
6. City Year City Year is a diverse group of 17- 24 year olds who go out and do community service.
They get a living stipend and at the end of a certain amount of hours a scholarship through Americorps to go to college.
7. Salvation Army The Salvation Army helps in disaster relief, sends kids to camp, and much more.
8. Make it Right: Pink Project Is Brad Pitt’s initiative for Katrina victims. A pink tent is placed in an area to make it visible with Google earth. Each tent represents where a home will be one day.
9. Goodwill You can help send someone to work by donating to Goodwill. It could be your things that you were going to throw out or your expertise. It all goes toward educating and employing people.
10. Holiday Mail For Heroes – Send a Christmas card to a soldier.
Charities in Other Countries:
11. Ethiopia Reads Help build a library in Ethiopia
12. Mercy Corps purchase a Mercy Kit and provide a goat for a family. An opportunity to provide a business for another and more.
13. Kiva-provide a business loan for someone.
14. Yéle Haiti – “The objective of Yéle Haiti is to restore pride and a reason to hope, and for the whole country to regain the deep spirit and strength that is part of our heritage.” ~Wyclef Jean
15. Red Cross provide services during disasters.
16. Kilimanjaro Education Foundation – The mission is to provide African children the same education opportunities as children in developed countries.
KEF strives to improve education and to build school facilities for underprivileged children in Tanzania and other countries bordering Kilimanjaro.
17. Hoops of Hope – Created by a little boy who tried out for the basketball team and didn’t make the draft.You can shoot some b-ball for AIDS education in Africa.
18. Charity: Water A non-profit bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
19. Hannah’s Lunchbox Hannah and her brother are working together to end poverty. Their solution was to sell their home. Half of the proceeds from the sale of the home goes to The Hunger Project and Habitat for Humanity
20. Petition to end slavery– Sign a petition to help end slavery in sweatshops and work fields.
Always confirm the charity you are donating to is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer organization before sending any money.
Remember that this 2008 holiday season is one of the best years to think about how rich you truly are, and focus on those with less. You can make little cards for your friends saying that in gratitude of your
friendship you have donated to one of the above charities in their honor. For most of us that already have more than we need, it will be a much appreciated gift idea.
Author: Shirley Petretic
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