Saturday, November 20, 2010

PARTY FOR A GOOD CAUSE

This Savvy Saturday we selebrate…events that incorporate donations to a charity.
Thanksgiving is a time of year when many people choose to give back to their community and donate to charitable causes. Giving to a greater cause makes everyone feel good! Here are some ideas that will help cast a genuine warm glow to make someone else's Thanksgiving a little brighter.

Party for a Good Cause
Do you host the annual Thanksgiving dinner? Why not make it for a worthwhile by adding an element of giving. On your invitations--make sure it is clear what guests should expect and that donations go to charity.
  • Ask for donations: Collect non-perishable items (canned goods, clothing or toys) for a local charity organization or soup kitchen.
  • Make it a game: When guests donate, put their name in a drawing for special gift at the end of the night.
Cook for the Needy
Put your culinary skills to work at your local food bank or soup kitchen. By doing this, you know the meals created in the soup kitchen are going directly to those who need them most. If you have young kids or children in your family, it would be great to get them involved in volunteering their time in this manner. The experience can life-changing and educational.




Adopt a Family
Make charitable giving a family affair by involving everyone in this special project. Contact local churches or community centers to find families in the community who need assistance during the holiday season.
  • Buy gifts (toys for kids, books/movies for adults, clothing for everyone), prepare a holiday meal and stock a care package with non-perishable foods and toiletry items.
  • Let your kids contribute to the gift and as you put everything together, explain to them why it is important to help others.

Support Charitable Organizations

Many organizations run annual programs to help others during the holiday seasons.
Salvation Army Red Kettles
You can donate money online or in the red kettles at your local shopping mall. If you are unable to give a monetary donation, Salvation Army also has volunteer opportunities, accepts car donations as well as clothing. furniture and household goods.
Toys for Tots
Coordinated by the U.S. Marine Corps reserves, this charity collects new, unwrapped toys to give to communities around the country. Find where donations are being accepted in your local area, at www.toysfortots.org


Operation Christmas Child
Fill a shoebox with toys, school supplies and personal hygiene items that will be delivered to a boy or girl around the world.
Be an Elf 
Across the country people visit their local post offices to get Dear Santa letters written by children in need. BeAnElf.org shows you how to obtain a letter to Santa Claus written by kids who need a brighter Christmas. The organization's mission is simple:
“to create awareness of the little-known USPS® Operation Letters and Letters to Santa program, especially in cities where there aren't enough volunteers to handle letters; to recruit new volunteer "elves" for this time-honored USPS program; and to help people get the real Christmas spirit.” 

If you can not volunteer your time to get gifts for needy children who write to Santa, you can also give a monetary donation online. 

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