Season for giving

I’ve been thinking about the tough economic times we’re experiencing. It’s hard not to feel insecure when the daily news is filled with dire economic predictions. Insecurity can make it hard to think about charity. How do you juggle giving to family and friends with donating to charity?

Of course, we also know that non-profits struggle during recessions–so giving is even more important. The good news is that small donations can make a huge difference. Here are a couple of examples:

The Carter Center has a malaria prevention program that provides bed nets at a rate of $3 each. That’s the price of a latte these days.

First Book promotes literacy by providing books to children. A $25 donation buys 10 books. Make that donation by December 31 and it will be matched. This means your $25 donation will buy 20 books.

Of course, we can’t forget the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  A donation of any size  will help add tomorrows to the lives of people living with Cystic Fibrosis.

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