“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
For the Thanksgiving holiday, we’re staying in a rental house in a tiny town on the Oregon coast. For me, the plan is to help my wife cook Thanksgiving dinner, play with the kids, relax, rest the mind, be thankful for having the things that I have and the courage to give better.
I hope I can find a way to give my time this holiday weekend. However, if I can’t here at the beach, I will at least give my time via the internet. I hope you can do the same.
To help you get started, I’ve compiled a list of 9 ways to give online (or via snail mail).
- Free Rice – Learn a new language, countries of the world, math, or a multitude of subjects. With each right answer you help feed someone.
- sparked.com – Discover micro volunteering and give back in as little as 15 minutes. There’s an amazing number of ways you can help non-profits around the world.
- The Hunger Site – Click everyday to help give to stop hunger, protect animals, support breast cancer research, veterans and several other worthy causes. Every click donates.
- Care2.com – Earn credits while supporting the causes you care about. Credits can be redeemed for gifts that matter.
- Amnesty International – Sign petitions in support of human rights with this established organization. They were instrumental in the (sadly) failed efforts to prevent the execution of Troy Davis.
- Adopt A Soldier – Signup online and make a connection with a soldier overseas. You can correspond via email, snail mail, or care packages.
- Librivox – Read classic novels out loud and help preserve these works for future generations of blind readers.
- Post Pals – Post Pals is a network dedicated to connecting you with a terminally ill child. The physical letters mean a lot to the children and their parents.
- Infinite Family – Be a virtual mentor to a child in South Africa. Be a friend, be a mentor, answer questions, and guide a child. Maybe you’ll make a friend.
There are many ways to give your time online. It’s easy and it makes a difference.
Played freerice.com tonight to feed someone, somewhere.
We are staying at a tiny town on the Oregon coast, too. It’s the first chance I’ve had to relax in a long time. What a beautiful day with rain squalls and breaks. Hope you and your family had as wondrous a day as we had.
Yes, we did have a good day! Lots of family time. Glad you’re getting a break from the travels, Gretchen. Happy Thanksgiving!
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