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December 17th, 2013 at 7:57 am

Gifts That Give Twice

helping handsTis the season for shopping and giving. Love it or hate it, it’s hard not to get swept up in the materialism of buying things for people. Not to mention the difficulty of finding just the right gift for everyone.

It’s great to give this season’s must-have toys or electronics, but giving opportunity to someone in need can really capture the spirit of giving, especially for those on our list who really don’t need any more “things”. And there are many ways to do that.

If you want to give locally, consider donating to a local school’s classroom project with DonorsChoose.org. Support literacy by donating to Reach Out and Read, which provides free books to families via their pediatricians. Both of these sites allow you to find needs right in your community and allow you to choose where your gift is actually going.

Most communities have a Meals on Wheels Program that provides nutritious meals for seniors and the housebound. There’s also God’s Love We Deliver in the tri-state area that provides meals for those who are sick.

Toys for Tots and the USPS Letters to Santa programs are great ways to help provide toys to needy children to make their Christmas special.

Global organizations such as UNICEF, Save the Children, Oxfam and Heifer International make it easy for you to donate mosquito nets, vaccinations, goats, bees and other sustainable gifts that can give a struggling family a chance to pull themselves up.

Also, look to your favorite stores and brands for opportunities to give back by buying items that include a charitable donation as part of the purchase price. TOMS shoes provide a pair to someone in need for every pair purchased. (Red) has a wide range of items that provide a portion of the proceeds to fight HIV/AIDS.

There are teachers, children, seniors, veterans, disadvantaged women and youth in your community and around the world that need a helping hand. And there are many ways you can do just that. And from my own experiences, the response to a charitable gift is much more gratifying than the response to a tie or iPhone case. That’s the spirit!

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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