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Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 7:20 PM


You have just won a chunk of money and want to donate some to your favorite charity. What would it be?
Mine would be The Children's Institute in Pittsburgh. It is truly an astonishing place, it is pediatric rehabitition hospital and large school for special needs kids. I saw miracles there, absolute and wonderful miracles.

Second would be the local Hospice, they were amazing with my dad when he had cancer
Third, would be the fire company that rescued me so gallantly, from my car during Hurricane Ivan.

M48ortal  (Level: 263.8 - Posts: 3850)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 7:31 PM

St. Judes or Cardinal Hill, since they work with children, Or the local Veteran's Home. When Dad died, we took all of his good clothes and shoes there, to be used by his comrades.

F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 7:31 PM

Every year around the Holidays I make donation to St. Jude Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House, and to The animal shelter.

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2498)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 7:35 PM

I have several favorites but The Angel Tree is numero uno.

Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6644)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 7:45 PM

I do as many as I can when I can afford too.I'm feeling a little guilty because I have foster child and haven't done so lately. Maybe my favorite is Disabled Vets

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 7:48 PM

I just spend every extra cent on my kids at 3 schools.

Virtus  (Level: 171.1 - Posts: 2497)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 8:09 PM

My favorite is The Society of St. Andrews which goes to farms and gleans the leftovers and distributes it to the hungry. . food pantries etc.

Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5681)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 8:20 PM

St. Jude's if I have any extra money left over after taking care of my kids and school and paying bills..March Of Dimes too...

Bigbird  (Level: 250.7 - Posts: 3353)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 8:39 PM

I have a bunch. The local Community Fund which helps 18 organizations in my town is one. Also various Environmental organizations. And public TV, public radio.

Now in the market for a good solid Autism Organization that actually spends its money on things other than administration. Need to do more research.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 8:45 PM

Oh, autism is a great charity, I know TCI recently dedicated four school rooms to just autistic students..... research is the only hope for these kids!

I also would love to be able to support the local animal shelters... Our Benji is a rescue dog..... took him an entire year to get comfortable and stop being so afraid all the time.... he is the sweetest little thing, I can't begin to image what horrors he went through to be so terrified of everything! I am so glad he is part of our home now, thanks to him being rescued!

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 838)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 8:53 PM

St. Jude's,

Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 9:08 PM

St Jude and I also always send what I can for disaster relief wherever it strikes. Christian Childrens Fund, and unicef also GreenPeace, I don't know if that is considered a charity.

Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 9:38 PM

I would donate it to the hospice my parents own and operate, specifically to their non-profit foundation to raise funds for a residential hospice house. Currently their is no inpatient hospice in Northern Nevada, and orphaned elders no longer able to care for themselves at home and financially unable to bring in hired caregivers are left little other option but to spend their final days in a woefully understaffed skilled nursing facility. It is my parents dream to provide a homelike environment for these people to spend their final days in comfort and die with dignity.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 9:44 PM

Nice, Monkeynips!
Local food banks, and Doctors Without Borders. If I were a little younger (and richer) would join them.

Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 9:48 PM

I have heard Doctors withoout Borders is a fantastic org. Kudos to you Monkeynips and your folks.Noble cause.

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5428)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 11:35 PM

I would give a good sized donation to Heifer Project. I have supported them throughout the years, beginning back in the '60s or '70s when our Bible school kids would bring pennies to buy perhaps a rabbit or flock of hens. This project gives animals to families in developing countries, along with poor in our own country. They also provide the recipients with veterinarian care and education. The one stipulation is that the first-born offspring of whatever animal they receive must be given to another family. (who in turn must give the first-born offspring they have to someone else). I believe the founder was Daniel West with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Heifer Project does wonderful work, whether it's bred heifers, chickens, pigs, geese, bees, goats, etc. Think they are located in Little Rock, Arkansas.

I'd also give to the local United Way, which supports fourteen worthwile groups, including the Salvation Army (they have a home for boys next door to me) and the local Rape and Domestic Violence Program, which helps women (and men sometimes) who are in abusive relationships, including two shelters.

Of course, you know me, there would have to be enough money to build and staff a no-kill shelter, with a special unit for senior animals to live out their lives in peace and comfort.

Lodi  (Level: 107.9 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 12:41 AM

Christmas for Kids. Its my favorite. I always cry when we go to the sharing tree and I see so many kids that are hoping to get some socks, or a pair of boots for Christmas. If I could, I would take every single angel off of those trees and make sure they all had what they needed, plus a little more. Next would be animal shelters.

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 12:44 AM

Mostly my fund raising activities are for the detox. I do contribute to Diabetes UK, and of course we have "Children In Need" and "Comic Relief".

Bigbird  (Level: 250.7 - Posts: 3353)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 5:44 AM

Pat - As we all get on in years, I'm buying more and more whales, manatees, goats, etc as gifts for folks. When we're invited to an occasion to which you would normally bring a sizable gift - and the people surely don't need it - I bring a token, and donate to one of these "adopt an animal" charities in the other person's name. Sometimes it's for environmental reasons, sometimes for economic development. Then I attach the acknowledgment card to a token gift. I've used this for 65th birthday parties, 50th Anniversary parties, Retirement party gifts, etc.

I think that the recipient is frequently relieved that they are not getting another hunk of glass to put out at the next garage sale, and he certainly has to at least act pleased.

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5428)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 8:51 AM

Excellent idea Alice.

Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 9:03 AM

Absolutely no one wants to give or receive something they won't or can't use. Bigbird your gift makes a lot of sense. Just another plan I have over the holidays to volunteer at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter, instead of money I would like to give my time. I think I would get a lot of satisfication from that.

M48ortal  (Level: 263.8 - Posts: 3850)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 9:08 AM

I wish you were around when I retired the first time. "Oh, my, I've adopted a yak!" You are so right about the yard sale trinkets, and then you have to find a place to have your yard sale where the original gifter won't show up. Maybe when I retire from my post-retirement job someone will be this creative.

At my current job, my coworkers and students bring me their Coca-Cola bottle caps. I enter them in the Coke rewards program, then donate the points at Christmas to Toys for Tots and local schools. We also collect Campbell's soup labels, General Mills 'boxtops for education' and other tokens and donate them to local schools. A coworker takes all types of bottle caps and aluminum pop-tabs to provide chemotherapy for a young girl, and we give our aluminum cans to an old man to sell to recyclers. It's not a fortune, but if we wait until we hit the lottery, our charities would die of neglect.

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