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The World We Want: The giving season

It's the time of year when your mailbox is filling up with requests for money. How do you decide how to give? Do you think about what's meaningful? Do you write the same checks to the same organizations every year? Do you volunteer your time?
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I contribute time and money to the homeless women and children. I wish I would get fewer appeals by mail...waste of money by these organizations.
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marquezreader wrote:
I contribute time and money to the homeless women and children. I wish I would get fewer appeals by mail...waste of money by these organizations.




I always give to the Salvation Army. The amount depending on my expenses for the month. I also like to buy a couple of Christmas Presents for needy children. Their names are listed on a tree in our mall.
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I'm glad you mentioned the Salvation Army, Kiakar. Everyone: give whatever you can whenever you see bellringers and their red kettles this holiday season.

Charities for poor and homeless women and children are particularly close to my heart. I am on the board of directors for a Boston shelter for poor and homeless women (The Women's Lunch Place on Newbury Street) and I can tell you these women and their children are a particularly vulnerable population. Volunteer at your local shelter. If you have warm winter clothes and boots (large sizes are highly sought after) bring them by. If you have skills to offer or teach -- are you a dentist, a doctor, a painter, a computer expert? -- contact your local shelter. If you don't have time, send a check. And, attention all you readers: bring in books! A book is a wonderful, compact item that a homeless woman can carry with her. And her child would love to have a book to call his or her own.
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BOOKS!
What a wonderful suggestion... I've been donating my books to my branch of the public library, as well as my church group. But it never occurred to me to donate them to shelters! That makes absolute sense! What better way to introduce new readers to the books that gave us such joy!

Thanks, ande, for this suggestion. I'm in the Boston area and there are plenty of shelters here.

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Oh! yes, donate books. I have a few I can donate. And I have some children's books also.
And Ande, thanks for all your good advice. I give generous to the Salvation army every christmas.
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I have just returned from St. Louis where 200 citizens of that community spent two days deeply engaged in a discussion and action plan for "The Community We Want," and it is wonderful to see how many people are responding to the central theme of this book - that of awakening the 'citizen within.' Whether the effort consists of helping the homeless, providing the gift of books where there are none, or spreading the message of love, it all adds up to the making of a better world.

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ande wrote:
I'm glad you mentioned the Salvation Army, Kiakar. Everyone: give whatever you can whenever you see bellringers and their red kettles this holiday season.

Charities for poor and homeless women and children are particularly close to my heart. I am on the board of directors for a Boston shelter for poor and homeless women (The Women's Lunch Place on Newbury Street) and I can tell you these women and their children are a particularly vulnerable population. Volunteer at your local shelter. If you have warm winter clothes and boots (large sizes are highly sought after) bring them by. If you have skills to offer or teach -- are you a dentist, a doctor, a painter, a computer expert? -- contact your local shelter. If you don't have time, send a check. And, attention all you readers: bring in books! A book is a wonderful, compact item that a homeless woman can carry with her. And her child would love to have a book to call his or her own.
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Just an interesting thought from my sister-in-law, who has worked with the homeless in Omaha. She said that the men want the books more than the women.