All this inspired me to expand my giving this year beyond family and friends to include those I don’t even know who are truly in need. So instead of making my shopping list, I instead made this list of organizations that we can donate to. With not much money at all, and the click of a few buttons, we can share the magic of the holidays and help those who need it most.
1. Toys for Tots - This U.S Marine Corp foundation provides toys to less fortunate kids that would not otherwise receive a toy for the holidays. You can donate toys at Toys for Tots drives, or give money by clicking here. Another route would be to host a toy drive at your holiday or work party.
2. LionHearted Kids - This is an amazing organization founded by a friend of mine, Lauren Pech, who lives in South Africa. LionHearted Kids is dedicated to supporting the emotional and pshychological healing of children and families in underserved communities in South Africa. You can donate to this non-profit, host a fundraiser, or volunteer.
3. Make a Wish Foundation - Make a Wish Foundation is dedicated to enriching the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions by granting each child his or her greatest families and communities. This program has brightened the lives of 250,000 children, as well as inspired the lives of affected
4. Kiva - Kiva is a unique kind of charity, as your $25 donation acts as a loan to provide opportunity for those in need to earn a sustainable and lasting income. Eventually you get your money back to either keep or re-lend. You simply donate, and Kiva takes care of the logistics through their field partners and micro-finance organizations.
5. World Vision - Serving over 100 countries, World Vision is dedicated to providing long-term assistance to those affected by poverty, disaster, and injustice. You can sponsor a child, or donate money for supplies, food, clothing, and clean water.
6. Food Banks - You can donate canned and boxed food to a local food bank, host a food drive at your holiday party, or volunteer at a local soup kitchen. If you are a U.S resident, visit foodpantries.org to locate a food bank or soup kitchen near you. If you live outside the U.S, you can locate your nearest food bank by visiting foodbanking.org
There is more than enough abundance to go around. Join me in practicing the yoga of giving this year!
By Jackie Casal Mahrou
Jackie Casal Mahrou is a yoga instructor on yogadownload.com, and teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, and Restorative Yoga. Through her teaching and writing, she hopes to inspire as many as she can to live with grace, joy and gratitude. Read more about Jackie at yogadoesit.com.
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