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Holiday Acts of Kindness: Pay It Forward

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Teach your children well: here’s one sure-fire way to successfully kindness on.

If your heart and your wallet have different ideas about making monetary donations, it is time to summon your inner regifter.  An unwanted gift could be a welcome donation to a charitable organization. For help selecting a charitable organization, visit the Better Business Bureaus’ Wise Giving Alliance. You can also contact the government office responsible for registering charities in your state. A little research upfront will make sure that your donation is put to good use.  If the process of selecting a charity seems daunting, remember, you benefit from giving as well.

Involving your children in the selection of and contribution to a charity teaches valuable lessons.

Give to causes in your own backyard as well as internationally. You have an opportunity to make a difference.

Some charitable gifts are tax-deductible if made to a qualified organization.

But be sure your organization meets IRS guidelines, as there may be different tax breaks when you donate certain types of assets to charity. 

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Giving the Gift of Sustainability

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In this era of decluttering, try giving acts of kindness instead of things! Don’t want or need anything for Christmas? Have a friend or loved one that wants something unique? Visit www.heifer.org to view and purchase some of the most helpful and generous gifts that can be given, but they’re not for you or anyone you know. Heifer International is an organization that works with communities to end hunger and poverty by providing sustainable agriculture equipment and animals to families in need. You can “purchase” a goat for $120, a flock of geese for $20, a hope basket for $50, and browse the website for other options. These gifts are priceless (figuratively) and won’t go unappreciated or unused. Think about the positive impact you can make on a family this holiday season instead of giving your friend another novelty T-shirt.

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DIY Holidays: Crafting Love

 

snowmanMake your Christmas presents this year. It’s more personal and will save you money.

From a tin of homemade fudge to a colorful knitted scarf, your family and friends are sure to appreciate your hard work and thoughtfulness. You can also think bigger! Here are some organizations that allow you to knit, sew, and quilt your way to a better world.

Socks For Soldiers knits socks for soldiers serving in the Middle East.
Stitching Up The World knits, crochets, and sews items to donate to a variety of organizations. Their main effort is items for chemotherapy patients in New Hampshire. Based in Candia, NH, USA.
Threads of Love provides clothing, blankets, and other handmade articles for premature and sick infants. Threads of Love has chapters in the United States, Canada, and London, England.
Tiny Stitches is based in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and provides basic layettes to disadvantaged newborns and preemies in north Georgia. They also provide burial ensembles to families who lose an infant.
Ugly Quilts for the Homeless, My Brothers’ Keeper.
Victoria’s Quilts Quilts for cancer patients.

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Give Good

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What if all your holidays gifts gave back and helped feed hungry people? My favorite kinds of gifts are the ones who keep on giving. The FEED project has many cool options that are made in America and crafted with love and pride.  By giving a beautifully crafted bracelet for your best friend’s birthday from www.FeedProjects.com, that gift will help feed the hungry. I love their FEEDbags, which are a handy way to ditch the plastic and the paper, too.