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Friday, January 1, 2010

Include "being charitable" in your resolutions


Even if your wallet is a bit light after the holidays, there are ways to donate to a charity without writing a check or pulling out your credit card. Here are some great suggestions from the Nov. '09 issue of Good Housekeeping:

* Donate used athletic gear for distribution to kids in need (sportsgift.com)

* Donate extra kids' books, markers or other school supplies to teachers who can use the extra help in their classrooms (iloveschools.com)

* Send used DVDs to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for their viewing pleasure (and children's titles will go to families of the soldiers) (amvets.org/taskforcedvd)

* Donate your family's old cellphones to programs that recycle or refurbish them and pass along the proceeds to various charities (reyclewirelessphones.com).

Nothing makes us feel better about ourselves than doing something for someone less fortunate! Happy New Year!

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