Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!
Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Sure, it’s Christmas time, and there’s plenty of holiday cheer. But for me, it’s more than that. It’s the time of year when our Virtual Giving Circles donate to great charities doing great work.
If you’ve ever felt like your donation is too small to make a difference. If you don’t have time to research a charity before you donate. If you wonder what happens to your donation after you make it.
Then you’ve been donating alone! But you don’t have to. Join one of our Virtual Giving Circles and check “Donating” off your list of things to do this holiday season.
Below, is a brief synopsis of the charities we’ll be considering this month. If you don’t join one of our giving circles, you can choose to support any one of these charities this holiday season with confidence.
Fidos For Freedom: Enhances the quality of life for people in the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan community by providing specially trained hearing dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs.
Max Fund: A no kill animal shelter and adoption center in Denver, Colorado.
Pets Forever: Helps low-income elderly and disabled Larimer County, Colorado residents maintain ownership of their pets for as long as possible, and to improve the health and well-being of these pets and owners by providing needed help and resources.
If you’re looking to help Syrian refugees. Consider either of these two charities.
International Rescue Committee: The IRC is a large organization with a large scope. They respond immediately to emergencies and provide urgently needed supplies, expertise, and health care. In addition, they look to the future by resettling refugees, reuniting families and rebuilding communities. They work in over 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, to restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.
World Food Program: Their mission is to save lives in refugee and other emergency situations, to improve the nutrition and quality of life of the most vulnerable people at critical times in their lives, and to help build assets and promote the self-reliance of poor people and communities, particularly through labor-intensive works programs.
Grace After Fire: Helps women veterans recover from trauma so they can lead healthy, happy lives.
Operation Song: Pairs professional songwriters with veterans, active military and their families to help them tell their stories through song.
How do you give during the holidays?
I’d love to hear from you about how and where you give during the holiday season. Just leave a comment to share your experiences with me!