'Tis the season of giving, right? Whether giving a little extra to those in need is something you do around the holidays or this sparks an idea of what to give someone who has everything in their honor, here are some great ideas for how to give a little this holiday season. I found these great ideas in my December issue of Glamour. Check them out!
1. Send a teddy bear to a child of a deployed Marine: For $25, http://www.jonathancollins.org gives a plush toy with a voice message recorded by the parent when you press the paw.
2. Pick up the grocery tab for a senior: $8 to http://www.drivetoendhunger.org/ feeds a senior citizen healthy meals for a day.
3. Pay a student's bus fare: $40 to http://www.artistsforpeaceandjustice.org/ gets a child in Haiti from their impoverished neighborhood to a new school for two whole months.
4. Help women in war-torn countries start a business: $25 buys one woman a sewing kit so she can earn money as a tailor. Donate at http://www.womenforwomen.org/.
5. Send a kid to school: $25 to http://www.pencilsofpromise.org/ sends a child to school in a developing country for 78 days. $118 covers a whole year of school.
6. Preserve our oceans: Save half a mile of overfishing and pollution with a $38 gift to http://www.conservation.org/.
7. Care for a chimp orphaned or harmed by hunters or pet sellers: Just $10 to http://www.janegoodall.org/ buys 22 pounds of food at the renowned primatologist's clinic in the Republic of Congo.
8. Prevent blindness: Think the new Tom's sunglasses (same people as the shoes) are super cool? Purchase a pair and give someone in Asia sight-saving treatment.
9. Save a pet: Just $50 to http://www.animaladvocatesalliance.org/ bails a dog or cat out of a high-kill shelter and provides vet care and medicine to get it ready for adoption.
10. Provide clean water: Donate $30 to http://www.wellsbringhope.org/ to give one villager in West Africa access to safe water and good sanitation for more than 30 years. This will drastically reduce child moralities in these under-developed areas.
I hope these ideas inspire you to do something for someone less fortunate than you this Christmas!
Charities, images and resources via Glamour Magazine/December 2011 issue