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    O.K., I regularly contribute to Heifer (an opportunity for people to help themselves) and to Homestrechgreys.com (a greyhound rescue organization). But here is an opporutinity to reach out to people in our own community and make Christmas a bit brighter. Who is willing to go to their local KMart and put a few bucks down on someone's lay-a-way to make sure that Christmas comes to the kids?
    Secret Santas pay strangers’ layaway bills at Kmart - Good News - TODAY.com
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    I heard about that story on the radio yesterday. It is a cool idea. I also heard about a book called The Christmas Jars and just checked it out from the library. The idea is to save up all the coins you have left in your pocket at the end of each day and throw them in a jar. Come Christmas Eve or any day around Christmas, you put it on the front doorstep of a needy family. My wife and I, along with my parents and sister have decided to do this all year. Our church has a food bank and we are going to give the coins to that ministry.

    Both are great ideas. I loved the fact that the Kmart payer made sure that he/she paid off Christmas toys.

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    After combining two households, Cathy and I don't need much in the way of traditional wedding gifts and we gave a lot of our stuff to Goodwill and to families who needed it. So on our wedding invitations, we asked guests to make a charitable donation in our names rather then get us a gift. We suggested breast cancer (my choice), MS (Cathy's choice) or a charity of the guest's choice. Some guests gave us cash, so we used it (and kicked in some of our own) to buy food for the local food bank and toys to put in the Toys for Tots boxes sponsored by the Marines.
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    Quinn - neat idea. I'm going to put a jar on the dresser and start for next year.
    Spider - any significance in Cathy choosing MS? My stepsister suffers from the disease. It is, indeed, miserable. (I figure you went with breast cancer out of a selfish desire to save the ta-tas!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by M Richardson View Post
    Spider - any significance in Cathy choosing MS? My stepsister suffers from the disease. It is, indeed, miserable. (I figure you went with breast cancer out of a selfish desire to save the ta-tas!)
    Her daughter's best friend has MS and we do the walk every year.

    Ta-tas are a wonderful thing (or pair of things), but also my first wife died of breast cancer so it's a charity I heartily endorse.
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    All good ideas. Another one is to purchase Christmas gifts for kids at hospitals. We have a few programs here, and it's one of the highlights of my year. You get a Christmas list from a very sick child who is usually from a low-income family. Not only is the kid basically living in a hem/onc ward (or an ICU) at the hospital, but his/her parents don't have enough money to buy them presents. I'm a cynical guy, but that sort of situation tears me up inside.

    In this case, you are certain that 100% of whatever you spend is going to the "cause", and this is really the true spirit of giving (in contrast to buying gifts for my kids, who are already over the top spoiled). Not that there is anything wrong with that.

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    My kids schools have a giving tree and we generally take 3 or 4 items off the tree and get them for those families that are in need. We also by presents for a family that has kids and the dad was out of work most of the year. so we are doing that again this year for a different family with similar circumstances. they don't know who does it; we just buy some gifts and wrap them and drop them off at there door right before they get home from school. this year I hope my 7 year old doesn't rat us out like last year.(it was a boy in his class)
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