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Remember The Less Fortunate This Holiday Season

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While everyone is struggling to some degree in the present economy, there are always those among us who have it far worse than we do.

As the Holiday shopping season ramps up to full swing soon we will–for the most part–be shielded from the voices and images of these poor folk. That’s just how it works.

Malls, retailers and all consumer businesses want us spending our holiday money with them.

I thought of this last night as I was planning my gift buying budget for this year. Looking for places (and a few people) where I could shave off some excesses as I looked at my checkbook and measured gift buying against having heat through the coming winter months.

But for some people what I was doing isn’t even an option this year. There isn’t enough in the till for gifts nor heat.

So, instead of my usual ranting I thought I’d use today’s posting to share some very worthy places where those of us with a couple extra dollars could put them to really good use for our neighbors who need a hand-up right now.

www.barefootkids.org – This Non-Profit organization exclusively provides new footwear to Kids in Need through their National Distribution Network currently in 15 states throughout the USA.

Orphan Foundation of America – This holiday season, consider giving a care package to an orphan who has aged out of the foster care system and is going to college without a family to provide emotional or financial support. Three times a year, the Orphan Foundation of America sends care packages to thousands of foster students at colleges and training programs nationwide.

Shop at Right Start – if there is one in your area, and participate in their in-stores Toy Drive to provide gifts for children with autism and other special needs whose familes have limited financial means.

The Hunger Project – Give by December 15 and your investment will be matched – dollar for dollar! When you give money to The Hunger Project, you are investing in the millions of women and men who are working to lead lives of self-reliance, meet their own basic needs and build better futures for their children.

Veterans Helping Veterans – Every donation helps ensure that the National Veterans Foundation’s “Lifeline” is there for America’s veterans when they need it.

Be An Elf – You can read letters to Santa from needy children at selected U.S. Post Offices and then send gifts to them. Or, if you can’t participate because of a lack of time or the program isn’t running in your area yet, you can always donate directly to the program too.

These are just a few ways and programs which you can participate in this holiday season to provide a hand-up for someone in worse shape than yourself.

Give if you can. Time and money donations are both needed by nearly all of these (and other) charitable organizations.

Ask for help if you need it. There’s no shame in needing help, everybody does at some point. Don’t go to bed hungry or cold because of pride or fear of embarrassment.

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Posted by Scott Bannon on November 20, 2008.

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