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Choosing a Christmas charity
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Well, Christmas is nearly upon us and I don't think there's a better time of the year to remember our fellow humans and try to emulate Christ in our own small way. As Betrand Russell said, what the world needs is "love, Christian love, or compassion". I think it'd also foster a sense of community to all agree to a particular charity and join efforts in supporting it.
Here are the ideas gathered so far in the Recycling Bin, plus a few I just thought of (sorry, I couldn't find the church you mentioned online MyTie).
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World Cancer Research
(can't find rating).
Médecins Sans Frontières
The church I mentioned is the one I go to. I'm on the board that administers the money. If you guys wanted to donate, I could give an address to mail money to, and then that money could go to something we'd all agreed on. Then, I could do what everyone wanted with the money, and film it, or something. At least take pictures so you guys could see how it directly helped.
As someone who isn't very religious, I do believe in the overwhelming feeling of happiness and love from giving. Giving is definitely contagious, and normally if people see one person giving they'll give as well. It betters your attitude and outlook on life, knowing you're helping someone who needs it more.
I approve of this thread. There's no such thing as giving too much.
Christmas, IMHO, is a great time to keep charity close to home.
I tend to find the "angel trees", as they are called around here. These are trees that are set up at local retail stores, like Wal-Mart, that have a child's information, and a gift request for that child. A local charity then picks up and distributes the gifts to the families.
I realize that the major charities do a ton of good for people all throughout the year, but i like the more personal feeling I get when picking out a toy, or clothes, for a specific, local child.
I'd give to most of them. I don't support animal research, so any organization like that is out. Likewise, any "mission" type organization that proselytizes. I give both time and money all year round. It shouldn't be just at christmas.
I decided against giving the charity its own topic, but I tiebroke in favour of Oxfam.
is the page I set up.
I'm biased and would pick Wounded Warriors since I'm in the military.
Hang on a minute Unholydeceiver. I do understand why you feel like that, but it shouldn't be a charity issue. People sign up of their own free will (unless you live in somewhere like Sierra Leone). If you sign up, and are wounded following orders, the onus is on the order givers to make sure that you have everything you'll need. If they won't? Put down the gun, and say "No Sir! I won't!" until they do. Go to prison if you have to.
I help an old neighbour of mine, not because he fought in the Irish civil war, whichever side (I know incidentally, but I don't want to know what he, or other people ended up doing in that war). I help him because he's very old, and can't manage anymore, out of simple humanity.
Unless you live in an occupied country, like Palestine, or a country with a civil war, like Mali, or a state that forces you to serve in the military, like Israel, you have no excuse. You knew the terms, and signed anyway. Negotiate better terms, by any means necessary, short of violence, or just don't sign.
By all means, help the disabled. Just don't fetishize those who were soldiers, and give them extra special treatment. The people who had a stroke at work, or were in a car crash need just as much help.
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