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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 (

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

* 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) (

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

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

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