Celebrate the Holiday Spirit by Donating to Charity

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The holidays are a time for giving and receiving, and one way you can help make someone's holiday a little brighter is by donating to a charity.

What is a charity?

Charities are organizations that help people all over the world. Some charities make sure people have enough food to eat and warm clothes to wear. Other charities help people fight sickness. And some charities support local people, like police officers and firefighters.

Choose a charity

Who would you like to help? Maybe it’s veterans or other kids. Or maybe families who don’t have homes because of a hurricane. Or maybe an animal shelter taking care of pets.

No matter what you are interested in there is probably a charity that helps support something important to you. With the help of a parent or guardian, do a search to find some possibilities. You can read online about how each charity helps people and how they will use the money you send them.

Before you send any money, make sure your mom or dad checks with Charity Navigator, Wise Giving Alliance, or GuideStar that make sure a charity will use your money for a good cause.

Make a donation

Ask a parent to help you make the donation. You don't want to send cash in the mail because it could get lost or stolen. Instead, see if your parents will pay online or write a check for you and then you can give your parents the cash.

You don’t have to give a lot of money. Charities are happy to receive even a few dollars. So if you have a little bit of extra money left over from your allowance, think about donating some of it to charity and making someone's holiday a little bit happier.

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Page last updated: May 11th, 2017