Are you thinking ahead about giving to a charity for Christmas?

United States
October 17, 2007 3:53pm CST
I have started thinking about this. Last year I have to a hunger program, which was very rewarding, but my true heart is with the animals. I have decided that I want to pick only one charity to work with, so I'm choosing an animal charity that I support. I will be giving them needed food and supplies, and also donating my time. I have a family member who asked me in advance what I wanted for Christmas, so I asked them to pick something off of the animal charity's wish list. I don't really need anything, and this way my gift can directly go towards helping the animals. Christmas is great but since I'm an adult, the need to receive gifts is really not a big deal for me now. Do you have plans to give to a charity this season? Which ones do you like to support? What do you like to give?
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@Bunsdk (242)
• Denmark
17 Oct 07
I dont give to charity, I work for charity instead. The last 10 years I have spent working on christmass eve for those that cant afford to celebrate it. I help during the day in the kitchen making dinner for them, and then later at night I help serve, and actually have been Santa for the kids for the last 4 years running (my laugh is so much like santas everyone says). Im an ahteist and even though my family celebrates christmass I dont, so Id rather spend that night helping those less fortunate
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
17 Oct 07
I have been thinking of volunteering at Catholic Charities during their Holiday Meals program as well. I am donating a lot of good clothes to Goodwill at least. But that's not really a holiday type donation it just will happen during the holidays. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
17 Oct 07
When our children were very young we used to use the services of the Salvation Army. We would get christmas gifts for them both as well as a check for Thanksgiving dinner at a local grocery store as well as dinner for Christmas. Each year we donate at least $100 in change and bills in the buckets that the Salvation Army has all over at stores etc. It feels great to give back after having to needed them in the opast ourselves. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
17 Oct 07
I don't exactly celebrate Christmas, but I do have a religious holiday that falls about the same time, and since my husband does celebrate Christmas, we wind up doing both in a way. *thinks* Over the past few years I've done different things in terms of charitable contributions around that time of year. The most rewarding ones have been when I have been able to find individuals in need and give them something useful, without saying who it was. A religious group I was a part of pooled our resources to do that a couple of years in row, and it was pretty awesome. This year to be honest I don't have a lot to give. I've been out of work for months because of illness, and depending on how some stupid paperwork stuff goes this week, I may lose my job. So I might be the person in need this year rather than the person who can give. Typically, to be honest, I give enough throughout the year that it doesn't matter if I give more during the "winter holidays" or not. I have money that comes straight out of my paycheck to go to a local charity I support, as well as giving away much of the money I make online and such. I like to support charities that offer crisis lines, victim services, and other things that benefit people who have been abused, victims of violent crimes, and children who are in danger. Mostly this is because of my own history, and the charities of that sort that helped me in the past.
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@meanangel (167)
• United States
18 Oct 07
We have a thing called the Angel Tree every year and I do that. What it is is providing gifts of cloths or toys to needy children. You pick a name off the tree and it gives you the childs size, age, and a couple of wishes. You provide what you can and return it by the due date. I also donate food to the food drives that are sponsered by the town and churches. I try also to give food to the local animal shelter and I give food to my neighbor to feed his animals. He is on a fixed income and has such a big heart that he tries to help all the neighborhood animals so we help him out.
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• China
18 Oct 07
For me, I don't think about the charity for Christmas. In our country, Christmas just a holiday but not a day-off. But I think giving a charity is a perfect idea on that day.
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@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
18 Oct 07
How generous of you !!! I always give to the food bank. I don't have much money but we do have enough to eat and I hate to think there are people who do not. I can't afford a big amount but I do donate to the food bank. I have also gave to the S.P.C.A because I know they have a hard time feeding the animals when they get so many. Take Care
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
18 Oct 07
That is truely a wonderful idea! I think I just might do that as well. Last year I picked out a young child off the Christmas tree in Walmart and bought a bunch of gifts for her and I will be doing it again this year but I'll be adding to the pet list too. Thanks for the idea!
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• Philippines
18 Oct 07
Gee, I haven't really thought about that but now that you've mentioned it, i think its about time I do. While I was reading your post, I instantly thought about the orphans in an orphanage I know. I used to visit orphanages a few years back when I had more time to spare. I like spending time with children who feel emotionally abandoned. Even though they have food to eat, they still hunger for the affection of parents. I can't really do much for them but a little would help them a bit. Thanks for reminding me.
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