Thursday, March 29, 2012

Charity Hopping Around the World Giveaway

I have been eagerly awaiting this totally awesome blog hop...

Hosted by the amazing Kathy of I Am A Reader, Not A Writer,


KristinaMy favorite charity is very close to my heart so I am very happy to introduce all of my reading friends to my email buddy, dear friend and sister, Kristi, who lives in Mexico with her husband where she writes and produces Sunday School curriculum for the Latino world with their ministry, Pro-Vision or Los Ninos Cuentan.



Dwight & Kristi KraussMost Sunday School curriculum available through-out the American continent is translated from English with "gringo" subjects, supply lists, lingo & prices... which makes it very difficult to buy for kids in volume. Last year's big US-produced Vacation Bible School theme was on the great city of New York, The Big Apple. I'm sure that was a big hit in Venezuela. (Sarcasm intended!!)

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Every year Kristi writes a Sunday School program for various age levels and a Vacation Bible School week... and they go on tour to share the programs with churches and teachers.


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Her husband, Dwight, manages a print shop where they produce most of the supplies and package them. Their prices for the curriculum ranges from free... to the cost of the paper to produce it... to adding a little to cover shipping... or music CD's, etc, which they also produce. There's a lot available to download for free from their website, too. It's all in Spanish, of course.




Pro-Vision began about 7 years ago, so it's pretty amazing that...

 * Materials are being used in 6 countries
 * The Tour includes 24 conferences in about 6 months
 * Over 1500 churches use Pro-vision materials
 * Between Sunday School & VBS, over 100,000 children rec'd Pro-vision materials in 2011

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I am pretty excited just to get the word out about what they have available. Even if my reader friends won't fall-off-the-couch excited about finding SS & VBS curriculum, someone may know someone who will see how amazing this is.

For one, they're as Indie-publishin' as ya can git, right?  Writing and publishing on their own, which is awesome. What's cool is when people who are struggling with teachin' kids suddenly find books for their class at $.10/kid - just what it costs to print the paper. Well... then it's REALLY exciting!

Anyone interested in information or donating to this great non-profit can email Kristi. For entering this Giveaway, you can get two extra entries for Liking Pro-Vision's Facebook page.

Available to win:

$15 Gift card - or your book of choice via The Book Depository.
Thank You (Cards)  The Book Depository

You must be 13 or older to enter, must be able to receive books from TBD. You do not have to follow my blog to enter this giveaway, although I'm much obliged!!  (See my giveaway rules on my About Me Page.) You do need to answer my Totally Awesome Question...

"To give is better than to receive", right? Giving to charities is one way, but sometimes money is not an option. There are all kinds of ways of giving, though. When we can, we help Pro-Vision 'cause we're dedicated to what they're doing. I also volunteer at the kids' schools some. And instead of buying the books I want... I buy books for lovely friends who win giveaways and then I try to win the books I want!!  (Ok... maybe I like the challenge, too!!)

I've been thinking a lot lately about setting money aside when I can, if I can, so I'll have something to give when something pops up... like to help a friend who's moving, or whatever.  You know?  Wouldn't that be cool?  I come up with my best ideas when dreaming about winning the lottery. Ha!

So my question is...

How do you give?
or
How would you like to give?



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138 comments:

  1. I'm a volunteer at an organization called WriteGirl where I mentor a teenage girl in writing/reading/etc.

    Stepanie

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  2. I volunteer free counseling whenever it is needed. :)

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  3. I volunteer at an elementary school where I help kids improve their reading skills.

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  4. I volunteer at the homeless shelter. I also donate lots of clothing and shoes to them as well. I'll be joining a club next year similar to Key Club {http://www.keyclub.org/home.aspx} and the do a lot of volunteering. I'm really excited to be a part of them in the future and I was so bummed that I couldn't join them this year.

    Thanks for the generous giveaway! :))

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  5. I plan Charity Days at my college with a few of my friends :)

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  6. I donate money to various organizations, and I sew blankets for Binky Patrol. It is an org that donates blankets to foster, abused, or neglected children.

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  7. I donate money to some of my favorite organizations, and I donate the clothes my family no longer wants/wears to the local women & children's shelter. :-)

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  8. I do my best for my children, but i wish i had more time and money to help others.

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  9. I like to save up then at Christmas time I give through World Vision or Samaritan's Purse!

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  10. i give to local food bank and i volunteer my time tutoring reading in a local elementary school

    catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

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  11. I donate my clothes, and I use to volunteer at a library, but I've been really sick lately. I have fostered cats and kittens before, and I would really love to volunteer at an animal shelter.

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  12. I work with kids without families, so I think that´s my way of "giving"...

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  13. I usually donate my clothes to people who were devastated by calamities. I also often volunteer at a home retirement center. And if I'm close to an animal shelter, I would love to help out! But sadly its too far away, and we don't have a lot of animal shelters in my country. -sigh-

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  14. I make donations throughout the year to charities focusing on heart disease, cancer research and education.

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  15. I mostly donate once a year around Christmas. I used to give money on a more regular basis, but being out of a job it's back to the "small" acts of kindness for me right now.
    I also give books or clothes I no longer need but which are in great shape to charity once a year. This way I get some space back and help others too.

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  16. I give to two orphanages in sriLanka. Come over to my blog and look at pictures.

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  17. I don't really give that much. But I do want to sponser a child through World Vision. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. I donate money to some organizations.. :)

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  19. I would love to give money to various charities, but sadly I can't afford to do that. However I donate bags full of clothes every 6 months.

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  20. I'd love to donate some clothes and some bucks to orphan house.

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  21. I tend to donate clothes/books that I'm done with to charity shops, and I intend to be doing more sponsored walks/runs this year!

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  22. I often donate clothes and furniture to the poor.

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  23. There's a lot of old stuff from me and my siblings at my parents' house and every now and then, we come together and decide what to keep and what to give away. Whatever we don't need to keep goes straight away to a charity shop.

    Also, I'm donating 5€ every month to Greenpeace. I think it's such a great cause.

    Nevertheless I'd love to do more and I know it sound weird because this giveaway is going on right when I'm doing this, but I am really trying to find a way to be more personally involved in a project myself. Just need to find the right one still.

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  24. I would love to be able to set up a place for all the single mum's in the area, where the kids can play together and the mum's can have 5 minutes away from the screaming kids. Sometimes something really little can make a big difference to these kids and mums.

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  25. I volunteer to walk dogs at the local animal shelter and also help to raise money at my roller derby team's games. This month we were able to raise over $3,000 in donations for the St. Baldrick's Charity. :D
    -Heather M.

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  26. I would love to organize something for children in order to help single moms or poor family

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  27. Every year I go through my belongings and donate a good amount of clothes, furniture, books and whatever else I want to give away to charity.

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  28. I try to donate as much as I can to my local Salvation Army, but sometimes I do feel I don't do enough :(

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  29. I donate things around the house and volunteer at school

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  30. I volunteer with my local Humane Society and with various animal tranporters.

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  31. I support one student for his/her education (school fee, school books, etc.) within a year (this is a program from my local church).

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  32. I have a SPCA tin in my house where all the spare change go inte everyday.

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  33. I want to help the American Indian Nations obtain sovereignty. I plan on getting my PhD in History or Anthropology in order to help spread the word about the problems facing Indian Country, and I'm also considering getting my JD and going into Federal Indian Law.

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  34. I volunteer as often as I can, but I also help people I know out in whatever small way they need.

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    1. I'm the same, I go about day-to-day life with the understanding that the smallest gesture can make a huge difference for another person.

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  35. I'm a volunteer at my local charity that helps house the homeless and give them clothes/homeware and such.

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  36. I donate books throughout the year. Money's tight, but I still manage to give a little to the different drives that come door-to-door--the ones I support anyway.

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  37. I volunteer and raise money for my local charities.

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  38. i help the children from th neighbourg with their lessons and homework so they aren't alone and lost even if their parents works late ( or don't speak our language and can't help them)

    i also try to help the birds because the city destroy a lot of tree and they can't find food as easily as before

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  39. i try to donate stuff we don't need to other families, i enjoy donating a buck or two for the "one for books" during the bookfair's at the school and i try to volunteer when i can squeeze it in for stuff and when we have extra money or change i try to donate to different local charities wether it be tacking it onto the end of my electric or gas bill or at the store...

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  40. I buy books for people that cant afford them.

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  41. I'm a middle school librarian so I give the gift of reading to kids every day :)

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  42. I donate money through my church and help with volunteer activities

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  43. I feel so bad :( I'd like to say I give this and that, but unfortunately I don't. BUT! I've applied to an education where I'll get to help other people - I just hope they'll accept me. That counts too, right? :)

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  44. I give when I can to a friend who runs an organization to help local low income families.

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  45. My daughter and I volunteer for Meals On Wheels
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

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  46. I pass on clothing that we have to local people in need, we also donate food, we run for fundraisers, and we also buy more at fundraisers if we can.
    steph4575 at msn dot com

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  47. iam a volunteer at the local animal shelter
    thanks!

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  48. I am SO passionate about giving and that's been the case since high school. I donate to everything under the sun (for example, I refuse to turn down donation bins in stores :)). I've also donated blood three times, collected 200 birthday cards for a young boy with cancer, and have worked with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for four years as a Light the Night team captain and have raised over $2000 for them. I'm also going into education so I can make the lives of others brighter :)

    Honestly, if I could quit working and just volunteer forever, I would!

    sblake1[at]student[dot]framingham[dot]edu

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  49. every year at christmas time my family volunteers for the salvation army by playing our instruments for a whole day at the local mall.

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  50. I give some money to the homeless or people on the streets, who is playing an instrument. (:
    Whenever a homeless pass by, asking for money, and I don't really have any in my pockets, I feel really bad.
    Actually I just like to make people happy. ^^

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  51. I don't do much, although I'd like to. I volunteer whenever I can, studying for my bachelor doesn't really leave me much time.

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  52. I have volunteered for many things mostly through my church like Rescue Mission, tutoring and teaching adults to read and write, tutoring kids with disabilities. I like one on one teaching and I like seeing others improve their circumstances.

    Thanks for participating in the hop!

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  53. We donate food and clothes to our local church and food bank.

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  54. My family and I donate some of our clothes. Me and my sister donate our books.

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  55. Although I'm not able to at the moment I was helping schoolkids with their reading, and i also try and pass on all the toys and decent clothes my son outgrows to someone who can use them.

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  56. I donate clothes and books! In the future, I'd like to donate money to an organization.

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  57. My family donates a lot of money to our country's Cancer Society.

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  58. I donate money to Meals on Wheels. I crochet lap afghans for seniors and shut-ins. I volunteer with a non profit organization's after school program for disadvantaged teens. I donate books to the local library and clothes and household items to the Vietnam Veterans organization.

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  59. I donate to a listener-funded radio station in my area. It's seems odd, but they honestly touch lives, and do it without commercials! :D

    If I was braver, I would definitely love to volunteer, especially with animals....

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  60. I help with my dads make-a-wish softball team every year they raise money with fun raisers and basket auctions and they have food stands at the game all the money goes to make 1 little kids wish come true :) Its actually really amazing we even get to meet the little kid we are raising money for.

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  61. I donate books and stuff around the house! Thank you for the great giveaway!

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  62. I donate books and clothing from the house to AmVets, Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc. I also try to make monetary donations to every single friend of mine who does anything for charity(Amer Cancer Society, etc).

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  63. I donate clothes and goods to orphanage..

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  64. I regularly donate to the charity Sue Ryder - where I work, as it happens. :D

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  65. I would love to be able to give to Make A Wish, The Humane Society, Children with autism. Also, I would love to be able to give more to my church, because they do so much charity work and they have done amazing things for people from here to California to overseas.

    Thanks for this Hop and participating in a Hop that means more than just winning a book. It is an awesome thing!

    Thanks!

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  66. I am currently making hats and mittens for orphaned children in south africa.

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  67. I also dream about winning the lottery and sharing with loved ones ;-). Anyway, I sometimes help homeless people, I tip a little extra at cafés and, as I'm a book lover, I tend to unexpectedly buy a book for friends of mine.
    By the way, your sister's work is admirable.
    Thank you for everything.

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  68. I like to do little things for people like if I see they need help with something then I'll go over and help. Just little things that make people smile.

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  69. I donate money to some of my favorite organizations, and poor people i know:)

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  70. I donate food and money when I can
    jessicawedwards@gmail.com

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  71. My children and I donate food to Forgotten Harvest and also volunteer our time to help collect the food at our local grocery store. I also donate our slightly used clothing and shoes to the local church who hands it out to needy families.

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  72. once i find time to clean out my attic, i'm going to donate all the old books and clothes i have to goodwill.

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  73. I mostly donate locally- clothing, book drives, food banks, etc. Internationally I use Kiva to donate, I love being able to lend out money to someone who is trying to change their life and then loan it out again once it is paid back.

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  74. I try to donate clothes and household items various times throughout the year. My husband and I also do Toys for Tots at Christmas.

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  75. I knit baby stuff for local hospitals.
    amandarwest atgmaildotcom

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  76. We go through our clothes and toys several times a year and donate them. We also do sub for santa families each year:)

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  77. I knit and crochet hats, sweaters, afghans, etc., and donate them to homeless shelters and hospitals.

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  78. I volunteer in Guatemala with a wonderful program called Safe Passage.

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  79. i and my friends in university make a donation for children with autisme

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  80. We donate some clothes, toys, and canned goods.

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  81. We do a lot of donations through our church and donate to other causes with cash donations when finances allow.
    Tracy Awalt Juliano
    ohsopetite1 at yahoo

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  82. This summer, I'm going to give back by volunteering at the APL 5 days during the week to help as much as possible. A lot of animals are in need and by helping animals, I can help a lot of people find a new healthy pet to take home.

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  83. i donate and recycle
    hollybwrightatcomcastdotnet

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  84. I really wish I had more money so I could donate and help more people.

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  85. I'm trying to extend my help to others by giving or sharing what I have and I also joined a Red Cross Youth seminar to prepare us for giving our service to those who need help.

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  86. I donate money to charities, recycle and try to care for everyone the best that I can.

    Stephanie
    Enter My Charity Giveaway

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  87. I like to donate stuff to those on need

    Janhvi
    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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  88. I don't have a lot of money to give away, but I donate to three local animal societies when I can.

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  89. I lost my job a while ago so I currently do not have anything to spare. But normally I give to breast cancer research or animal rescue charities.

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  90. Well, right now, I don't really have money to giveaway, but I would love to be able to donate LOTS to St. Jude's Research Hospital! I try to donate locally with Salvation Army, Goodwill, Police and Fire

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  91. I donate clothes, food, etc and I also volunteer :)

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  92. I donate money to United Way or wherever I feel my contribution is needed the most.

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  93. Give to the heart, for a haert broken is much more important that anything else in the world.

    Of course I give, like, material things when I can -clothes, books, money, food, this things ARE immportant- but what is all that for, when a soul is lost, believe me, all those things up there worth nothing.

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  94. I donate blood and give books to libraries and sometimes so money here and there when I have it!

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  95. i volunteer at the animal shelter and participate in Relay for Life

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  96. I donate money, clothes, books, furniture and we also foster dogs.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  97. I volunteer for the Salvation Army food pantry and donate clothes, household appliances, and things to help the homeless.

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  98. I regularly donate to the Red Cross, Humane Society and the Salvation Army.

    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

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  99. I donate clothes and sometimes money too.
    This hop is such a great idea! thanks a lot for the giveaway :)

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  100. I donate money to a few charities, especially the local humane society.
    Jennelle S

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  101. Every member in our family is a huge pet/animal lover, so we donate to the closest animal shelter.

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  103. I donate to the pet rescue organization where I got my dog, as well as the local shelter. Plus, I give clothes/shoes to goodwill every year too.
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    Laura
    BookcaseLaura @ gmail com

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  104. I try to donate everything that I'm through using, like clothes or books. I'd like to give money, but I don't have any so that's hard. :)

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  105. I try to donate when I can weather its money clothing or food. I also volunteer my time at our church feeding the homeless and I try to buy items that go to certain charities.

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  106. I am a board member of an area agency that helps sexual assault survivors, and I also volunteer at the local animal shelter. I don't have a lot of cash, but I give the time that I can.

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  107. Money is very tight since were down to one income but that means I have time to donate! I've been volunteering at my church's food pantry and the local women's shelter.

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  108. I try to donate money when I can. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  109. I would love to have my own animal sanctuary so no animal would ever have to feel unloved

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  110. I provide for my sister her husband and two kids. While trying to take care of myself my husband and my two kids. I am also very willing to help anyone in need. I help however I can even if I can't afford to.

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  111. I give by canvassing for Heart and Stroke and Diabetes, organizing Jump Rope for Hear at my local school and helping with the Terry Fox Run.

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  112. I help take care of my grandparents

    krystlekouture at yahoo dot com

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  113. I donate clothing to Salvation Army and give food to food banks...

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  114. I give food to local food banks and I will help do whatever i can.

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  115. I don't often have much extra money to donate, but I do donate when I can. I also love to volunteer! I have volunteered in hospitals, day cares, clinics abroad, homeless shelters, schools and more! It is so rewarding and I find no matter what I am doing I always have fun!

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  116. I feed and pet homeless cats. And I really can't understand people who just abandon their pets...

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  117. I give back by :
    . Donating books to the library
    . Shopping at thrift stores

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  118. Charity concerts are thing I like the most :) Or selling cookies. Pleasure for both sides.

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  119. I give by donating money to organizations I support (including some monthly donations taken as a direct deposit from my paycheck), as well as donating items to different organizations (hygiene items to women's shelters, pet food and old blankets & towels to the Humane Society, and baby clothes & items to DCF for when they have to take newborns from the hospital). I am also an active member of my local Kiwanis. I am a team captain for my employer's Relay for Life team. I do other volunteering, like river clean-ups. Basically I do whatever I can to help out the organizations that I support.

    the imagine tree at aol dot com

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  120. what a neat ministry! right now i can't donate financially, but i would love to give to charities like charity:water and those helping fight the sex trafficing.
    (mary michaud)

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  121. I read for to little kids e sometimes help same old people

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  122. It sounds silly, but I give with patience and a smile. I work with cranky, rushed people all day who really just want to be listened to. A lot of older people come into the store, and it means so much if someone will just stop for two seconds and listen to whatever unrelated story they feel like sharing.

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  123. I donate my clothes to the DAV, give to Children's Miracle Network and support Autism programs.

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  124. I help 2 chsarities and always praticipate in ther events!

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  125. Besides donating clothes and books and all, I sponsor a child with World Vision in my country. And I hope to sponsor more in the future and donate to more charities.

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  126. I volunteer as much as I can to help people! It's an amazing feeling to see their smiles =)

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  128. Right now, im struggling financially.
    I donate the stuff that i no longer need.
    But the best way for me is to give my time by volunteering.

    Thank for the giveaway,
    riadeliza823(at)ymail(dot)com

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  129. I volunteer sometimes :) We went to old people's house with multiple sclerosis. They were so happy :)

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  130. I volunteer free at an asylum, nursing home with children, is really touching! I love doing it!

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  131. Being a student, I usually volunteer my time and skills to help first year students at my university and seek to help out external students who want to attend my university. I am only able to give in the manner I feel capable of giving right now. Some day, I hope to be able to provide assistance financially as well.

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