Dust off the glit­ter, give to a non­profit

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DEAR READ­ERS » Many of us are now in the re­cov­ery mode of the hol­i­day sea­son — after gorg­ing on gin­ger­bread and eggnog and let­ting the glit­ter of the sea­son re­lease us from December’s gloom. In the spirit of the sea­son, I present my an­nual roundup of char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions read­ers should con­sider sup­port­ing.

Your do­na­tion may go far­ther at a small lo­cal non­profit than at a large char­ity. All con­tri­bu­tions count.

This is a sub­jec­tive list, based on my own in­ter­ests. Your own giving should re­flect your in­ter­ests and val­ues. Most (but not all) of the or­ga­ni­za­tions listed below have a top (four-star) rat­ing on Char­i­ty­nav­i­ga­tor.org.

Char­i­ties Help­ing Children: The mis­sion and the work of Cra­dles to Crayons (cradlesto crayons.org) is sim­ple: to pro­vide the phys­i­cal ne­ces­si­ties of child­hood. From cloth­ing, to equip­ment and sup­plies, this or­ga­ni­za­tion takes in do­na­tions, of­fers com­mu­nity vol­un­teer ex­pe­ri­ences, and dis­trib­utes goods from their network of ware­houses.

Dolly Par­ton. Need

I say more? This heroen­ter­tainer is pro­vid­ing over a mil­lion books each month to children through her Imag­i­na­tion Li­brary (imag­i­na­tion li­brary.com). Quite sim­ply, she is a force for good in the world: (dol­ly­wood foun­da­tion.org).

Kids in Need Foun­da­tion (kinf.org): Their motto is “School sup­plies. Chang­ing lives,” and they do­nate school sup­plies na­tion­ally to school (and kids) in need.

Col­lege Track (col­lege track.org): This or­ga­ni­za­tion starts as­sist­ing stu­dents in ninth grade, mak­ing a 10-year com­mit­ment to pro­vide ser­vices and schol­ar­ship money to stu­dents who oth­er­wise would not be able to at­tend col­lege.

Di­rect Re­lief (di­rect re­lief.org): This or­ga­ni­za­tion, which has a sto­ried his­tory, op­er­ates in all 50 states and 70 coun­tries, de­liv­er­ing medicine, staffing med­i­cal clin­ics and pro­vid­ing med­i­cal safety nets to un­der­served pop­u­la­tions.

Po­laris (po­lar­ispro­ject. org): I first be­came aware of the work of Po­laris through a fam­ily mem­ber’s ad­vo­cacy. Hu­man traf­fick­ing is mod­ern slav­ery, and vic­tims are of­ten vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple who are co­erced, dis­lo­cated and then forced into slav­ery — of­ten in the sex trade. Vic­tims of traf­fick­ing are some­times in our midst, at bus stops, mo­tels and truck stops. Law en­force­ment, clerks and long-haul truck­ers are now be­ing trained in ways to spot and res­cue these in­di­vid­u­als. Vic­tims can text BeFree (233733) and be con­nected with an ad­vo­cate.

Homes for Our Troops (Hfo­tusa.org): One of my peren­nial fa­vorites, this group raises money and then turns the funds into ac­tion — build­ing a new home or adapt­ing an ex­ist­ing home for ac­ces­si­bil­ity. The fin­ished home is then given to a dis­abled vet­eran. All ser­vices and ma­te­ri­als are do­nated.

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