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The Season of Giving

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'Tis better to give than to receive.

Family packing toys for donation

Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla: Most of us are stretched pretty thin this time of year, but there is always someone who's worse off. Really, lots and lots of people ...

Try to remember how very lucky you are, and think about ways to help others have a good holiday season. If you can afford a cash donation to a charitable organization, you will be able to take a deduction for this year's taxes. Make sure you are giving to a charity where most of your donation goes to helping, and not someone's salary. I like to check out the charities I am considering on charitynavigator.net.

Avoid giving over the phone unless the solicitor identifies him or herself as a volunteer -- otherwise, a percentage (sometimes a pretty hefty one) of what you give will go to the company that is making those telephone solicitations. If you can't swing a cash donation, now is a great time to clean out your closets, pantry, and kids' rooms and donate items. You're probably going to need to make room for some new items that are coming from Santa, anyway.

Last, but most definitely not least, give the gift of time. Volunteer your time to help out your favorite charity or a local school, hospital, nursing home, shelter, library, or museum. If you're looking for ideas, check out VolunteerMatch.org, where you can search your area for volunteer opportunities. Get the whole family involved and make some new holiday traditions!



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WILLIE ROBINSON December 19, 2009, 6:45 AM

DEAR .CAN YOU PLEASE HELP.THIS WILL BE THE 3RD YEAR FOR US WITHOUT CHRISTMAS.I WISH,AS BAD AS I WANT A LAP TOP COMP FOR MY STUDIES OR A X BOX 360 ,MY FATHER NEEDS A BED,SEE THERES BEEN CONDEEMED FOR MANY YEARS,AND HE HAS A DISK DIEASE,.HE WAKES UP IN TEARS,BECAUSE HIS BACK HERTS SO BAD.WILL YOU PLEASE HELP ME. WE JUST NOW FOUND OUT HE HAS LIVER CANCER,I DONT KNOW HOW LONG HILL BE WITH US,BUT I JUST WANT TO SEE HIM SMILE AGAIN.WILLIE ROBINSON AGE 12 YEARS OLD,1012 LINCOLN AVE FLINT,MI 48507 , e mail yakima48@yahoo.com PLEASE ANSWER MY PRAYERS,NOTHING GOOD EVER HAPPENDS FOR US.I LOVE MY FATHER I DONT WANT TO SEE HIM IN PAIN TEARS ANY MORE NO ONE CARES ,WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT.PLEASE BRING THE CHRISTMAS SPIRT BACK

Ten Tees January 8, 2011, 3:59 PM

Interesting info! Enjoyable reading. I’ve got a opinion to give about shirts.


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