POV: How to give gifts from the heart

Speaking of wish lists, many nonprofit organizations have them. Check websites, or call an organization to find out how a child can be personally involved.

Here are two specific charities where even the smallest gift makes all the difference:

• The Modest Needs Foundation is a unique, top-rated charity promoting independence and self-sufficiency by offering financial assistance to unsupported single mothers, veterans and others facing short–term financial emergencies. Because Modest Needs is crowd-funded, even $1 or $5, when added to other donors’ money, will save an individual or family from entering the cycle of poverty. With your help, children can visit the website, recommend an application to donate their dollar(s), and watch every day as more people add more donations. Best of all, once the request for help is funded, the recipient leaves a thank you “testimonial” on the website for your child to read and learn firsthand what a great impact is made with every dollar. Visit www.modestneeds.org/index.asp for more information.

• Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital District provides stability, housing and other resources for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. Kids can pop the tabs off soda/juice cans (or any cans) and collect them. Ronald McDonald House recycles them and generates much-needed income, so each time kids pull or pop a tab off, they’re helping a family in need. For more information about how and where to drop off tabs, call 438-2655.

However you choose to celebrate the season, may your holidays be filled with the gladness of giving!

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