Totally OT - do you support any charities?

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Registered: 04-21-2008
Totally OT - do you support any charities?
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Wed, 11-02-2011 - 10:29am

I was just thinking, with the holidays coming up, I want to get more involved in charity work.

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Registered: 05-04-2006
Wed, 11-02-2011 - 11:03am
We live pretty much paycheck to paycheck, so there's not a lot of disposable income. We do donate our time to a couple of animal rescue charities.
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Registered: 04-21-2008
Wed, 11-02-2011 - 11:07am

I have often thought of doing that with DD since she is an animal lover.

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Registered: 05-04-2006
Wed, 11-02-2011 - 11:21am
We do fostering and transportation of fosters and adopted dogs. Short term fostering only! I used to go the shelter locally and play with/walk the animals, but don't really have much time for that, now that I work in a small town with no shelter. Best thing to do is to call the animal charity in question and ask what they need done. You can collect towels and blankets (many shelters need/use them) or do things around the facility, or whatever. DH has done computer repair for the local shelter as well. Just ask what they need, they'll tell you!
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Registered: 10-31-2005
Wed, 11-02-2011 - 11:54am

Sadly, the phrase "charity begins at home" has taken on new meaning over the past while.

In years past, money/food has gone overseas in support of those in need, or perhaps to medical research. These days, the local food bank is as far as one has to go to make a difference. I might also visit the "occupiers" nearest me (Toronto) and offer some support in terms of something to keep them warm.

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Registered: 04-21-2008
Thu, 11-03-2011 - 8:03am

Funny you mention the food bank -- I was watching the news last night and they did a story on our local food bank and how bare the shelves were.

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Registered: 05-12-2004
Thu, 11-03-2011 - 8:57am

Yeah, I'm involved with an antique trctor club and one of our primary activities is to manage food plots for donations to local food pantries. We grow bean, potatoes, corn, pease, and whatever else we have a hankering to grow in a given year. At harvest time it all goes to needy families and food pantries.

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Registered: 05-31-2010
Thu, 11-03-2011 - 9:18am

I have been involved with our local food bank for years, as well as donating to the local women's and

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Registered: 05-04-2006
Thu, 11-03-2011 - 9:27am
oh yeah, I forgot about all the stuff we donate to the local battered women's shelter. That's what we do instead of garage sales and the like, clothes, shoes, coats, purses, furniture, electronics, etc. We also collect old cell phones from anyone we know that has them, for the same thing. They recondition them and give them away to women at risk.
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Registered: 04-21-2008
Thu, 11-03-2011 - 9:38am

We grow bean, potatoes, corn, peas, and whatever else we have a hankering to grow in a given year. At harvest time it all goes to needy families and food pantries.

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Registered: 04-21-2008
Thu, 11-03-2011 - 9:42am

Women's and children's shelters...good one, tiptoe.

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