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Christmas Charities

christmas charities

Christmas is the time to think of those less fortunate than you and remember the organizations that raise money for great causes. There are many ways to contribute during the holiday season and I can't begin to list them all, but here are my favorites. I have included links, so that you can visit the individual sites.

1.  Make a Wish Foundation: This organization grants the wish of a child that is diagnosed with a life-threatening
 medical condition in the United States.  There are local chapters.  You can refer a child online or make a donation.

2. Christmas Spirit Foundation: This foundation sponsors "Trees for Troops", which is a program that provides free, farm grown Christmas trees to United States armed forces members and their families.  Visit their website on ways to get involved or to make a donation.

3. Toys for Tots Foundation: The mission of this foundation is to collect new, unwrapped toys during the months of October, November and December each year and distribute them as Christmas gifts to children that are less fortunate. Campaigns are held in communities across the country.  Visit them to host a local Toys for Tots event, request a toy for a child, or make a donation.

4, Salvation Army: The Salvation Army Foundation has been around forever it seems.  I remember the traditional "red kettle" (collection container) at Christmastime when I was a child.  During this time of the year, the Salvation Army collects monetary donations to provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need.  Many families receive aid over a period of months after the Christmas season. Go to their website to volunteer, or make a donation.

Check locally to find more charity foundations you can contribute to this Christmas.  Local churches each have their own way to help out at Christmastime. 

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