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Giving Back During Holiday Time

December is a time of year when generosity seems to abound from people. Whether it is the holiday music, the bright lights, or celebrating with friends and family, it is a time when people give gifts to show thanks to one another. Often, when asked what a person wants for Christmas, people will respond with the phrase “I don’t know.” A wonderful gift that gives back can be to make a donation in a person’s name to their favorite charity. Volunteering your time is another great option. Here are a few charities that are great options:


  1. Operation Smile:

Operation Smile is an international charity that provides medical coverage for fixing children’s cleft palates. Giving someone the ability to smile can be a life changing experience!

For more information here is the website: http://www.operationsmile.org/

  1. Pine Street Inn:

Pine Street Inn is a place that helps homeless men and women in New England. They offer emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, job training and placement, and much more!

For more information here is the website: http://www.pinestreetinn.org/

  1. American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross is a charity that specializes in helping others. Their main areas of focus are disaster relief, supporting military families, donating blood, health and safety services. Their humanitarian network also expands to international services.  

For more information here is the website: http://www.redcross.org/

  1. Susan G. Komen Foundation:

Look around and chances are you have met someone affected by breast cancer.  The Susan G. Komen Foundation aims to help the 10 million people affected by breast cancer.  

For more information here is the website: http://ww5.komen.org/

  1. Charity Navigator:

To find an array of charities that might be a good gift, the website Charity Navigator is a great way to find different charities and the perfect one for you!  Simply type in a charity name or keyword on the homepage and the website will help you find what you are looking for.

For more information here is the website: http://www.charitynavigator.org/

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