While we're in the middle of the holiday season, it can be difficult to remember the real reasons for the season, whether they are simply being together as a family, your religious celebrations or peace on earth and goodwill toward humankind. Today is Giving Tuesday, a time to give back and think about the causes, charities and important social issues that matter most to you. People are encouraged to donate to things in their own communities, just as they are encouraged to shop locally, but depending on the cause you care about you may give to something internationally.
Some of my favorite charities to give to on Giving Tuesday include the Ronald McDonald House charities (they housed us when my baby was born prematurely a couple thousand miles from home!), the Polaris Project, which helps to end human trafficking, and Heifer International, which helps people grow their own food, raise livestock and earn income. My family also likes to give to a local organization that provides backpacks of food to over 1,000 kids every weekend when they're not at school to receive meals.
What charities do you like to give to during the holiday season? Share your favorites in the chat.
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