Happy post-Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans, and greetings to the start of the winter holiday shopping extravaganza! This year, if you're able, consider giving some thanks and assistance to those who devote themselves to helping others who are in need.
My special thanks for all they do go to:
The Night Ministry - non-denominational, non-discriminatory (in terms of religion or lack thereof, sexuality, gender identity, race) organization in Chicago that helps the needy with health care, employment, housing, and other essentials. http://www.thenightministry.org/+Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières
- worldwide organization of healthcare professionals that donate their services to the poor.
National Association of Free Clinics - similar organization that is US-based. http://www.freeclinics.us/
Mother Bear Project - volunteer knitters make teddy bears for the comfort of children orphaned by AIDS, and who may not have much of anything to call their own. Over 69,000 bears have been sent worldwide. http://www.motherbearproject.org/+RedDoor AnimalShelter
- no-kill shelter in Chicago that takes in dogs, cats, and rabbits.
House Rabbit Society - national educational and rescue society dedicated to an often misunderstood and neglected pet. http://www.rabbit.org/
And many others!
If you want to find a charity near and dear to your heart, or aren't sure if certain charities are worth your money, there are ways to check up on how efficiently charities spend their donations, carry out their fundraising, etc. One of these resources is +Charity Navigator
. Remember that certain charities, like hospitals, will have higher operating expenses than other charities just due to the nature of their operations.