It always seems that there are groups always asking for handouts, but there are a few legitimate groups, national and local, that are working to make life better for the less fortunate. Since Christmas is a giving season, here are some ways you can help out. All four don’t take much money and are proof that a little bit can go a long way.
The Salvation Army: Yes, we all hear those bell ringers with with their red buckets beckoning us to part with are spare change. And it’s a good thing to do! The Salvation Army helps those fighting alcoholism and drug abuse to aiding those who have suffered through natural disasters. They also have some great youth camps and help the elderly. Go grab some change and find one of their red buckets. Or, you can donate through the Virtual Red Bucket I’ve set up here.
Toys for Tots: The United States Marine Corps has been running this charity for over 60 years in an effort to give toys to boys and girls in need. We’ve all seen the boxes in different places of business. It doesn’t take much to put something in there. I found some cute puzzles for $2.50 that I bought and donated. Coloring books, crayons, and games work well, too. You can make a direct donation to Toys for Tots by clicking here.
Your Local Homeless Shelter: Homelessness is a growing problem that needs to be addressed. Many shelters will take monetary donations, clothing, blankets, and other necessities. Find your local shelter through this web site. The most important donation you could give, and it’s free, is your time.
Your Local Food Bank: In our ailing economy, more people are going hungry. A donations of a few cans of soup, instant rice, canned fruit, and pasta will be greatly appreciated by a hungry person. And it doesn’t cost you much. Find your local food bank here.
Remember, it is better to give than to receive.
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