As we walk down Fifth Avenue, the windows sing and shout Christmas gift ideas of the latest technology and fashion fads. We pass the Salvation Army volunteer asking for pennies, thinking that our few dollars are just peanuts and won’t make a difference.
Seeing TV commercials of bright shiny diamond rings or of cars with bright shiny bows, we begin to believe that nothing less than these gifts will put a smile on someone’s face.
But the truth is $1 CAN make a HUGE difference.
Below is a list of charities that take $1 and purchase a gift as valuable as a diamond or a car. And it’s a gift that keeps on giving.
For example, through Heifer International, your donation can give the gift of a water buffalo. These gentle giants provide families in need with milk that can transform malnourished children. Plus, families can now plant four times more crops when they can sow fields in days that once took weeks to plant by hand. It all adds up to better nutrition, and more income for struggling families to put toward clothing, medicine and education. To donate a whole or part of an animal go to WWW.HEIFER.ORG .
$1 buys two books shipped to a classroom in Africa. In many schoolrooms on the continent, 20 children share one textbook. WWW.BOOKSFORAFRICA.ORG
$2 buys a set of drumsticks for a low-income public student learning to play the drums. WWW.LITTLEKIDSROCK.ORG
$3 buys a field trip to a museum, concert, or theatrical production for a high-risk youth. WWW.CREATNOW.ORG
$4 buys two hours of prepaid phone time for a soldier stationed overseas to call home. Started by teen siblings in 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers has since mailed more than 1.5 million calling cards for American troops. WWW.CELLPHONESFORSOLDIERS.COM
$5 buys a one-burner kerosene stove for a family that would typically rely on an open fire. The stove is reusable and less environmentally taxing than the cutting of timber. WWW.FOODFORTHEPOOR.ORG
$7 buys a week’s worth of food for an abandoned dog or cat at a shelter run by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. WWW.ASPCA.ORG
$8 buys a medical teaching doll to be used in educating a child about his or her cancer treatment. WWW.STJUDE.ORG
$10 buys a box of nails used to adapt a disabled veteran’s house, from Homes for Our Troops, an organization that provides full accessibility to the injured at no cost. WWW.HOMESFOROURTROOPS.ORG
$10 buys a day’s worth of fresh fruits and vegetables to feed two chimpanzees- most of which have been orphaned by poachers- at the Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo. WWW.JANEGOODALL.ORG
$10 buys two specialized bottles for babies born with a cleft palate, who otherwise might suffer from malnutrition before receiving corrective surgery. WWW.OPERATIONSMILE.ORG
$10 buys cloth and tools so Afghan women can become self-sufficient by taking a six month tailoring course through Creating Hope International and the Afghan Institute for Learning. WWW.GLOBALGIVING.ORG
$11 buys eleven trees to be planted in Alabama communities devastated by the April 2011 tornadoes. WWW.ARBORDAY.ORG
For those who want to volunteer and personally help out but aren’t sure where to begin, check out a great resource, All for Good. They have developed a custom search engine so you can enter your interests, skills, neighborhood and time frame to help you find the best fit. Their database includes more than 150,000 postings including non-profit partners and grass root organizations. WWW.ALLFORGOOD.ORG
Finally, if you want to reach out and help someone TODAY, bring them to our FREE Thursday yoga class and raise energy and hearts. Since space is limited, just Email Me at MRisa@BeyondBodyMindSpirit.com to reserve your spot.
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Note: Thanks to Oprah for providing this priceless information!