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Thread: Frugal Philathropy
12-05-2007, 02:53 PM #1pseuzanneGuest
Every year at Christmas, I donate to a children's charity, usually
something like the local Santa fund. This year I was feeling
particularly disheartened, because I have so little extra cash and
didn't think I could make a donation. Today I discovered First Book
(www.firstbook.org), an organization that distributes new books to
needy children. I found out that every $2.50 you donate buys one new
book. And, for the month of December, the publisher Simon & Schuster
is donating an extra book for every $1 donation that is made. So,
with my simple $10 donation, 14 kids will receive a new book!
I was excited to pass this along, because I know many of the people
in this group are on strict budgets, but also want to support worthy
causes. This seemed to be a way to impact many children with a very
Other than the gift of your time to a charity, I would be interested
to hear stories from other people about how they have practiced
12-06-2007, 01:09 PM #2Gypsum MoonGuest
At 12:53 PM 12/5/2007, Suzanne wrote:
> Today I discovered First Book
>(www.firstbook.org), an organization that distributes new books to
>needy children. I found out that every $2.50 you donate buys one new
>book. And, for the month of December, the publisher Simon & Schuster
>is donating an extra book for every $1 donation that is made. So,
>with my simple $10 donation, 14 kids will receive a new book!
Suzanne, thanks so much for posting this!
Every year our family (three kids 17, 14, and 11, plus
DH & me) adopt a family from the SA tree at the mall and
spend money out of our Christmas budget - which is
smaller and smaller each year! - to buy the gifts. This is
money that we would normally spend on each other.
As it's gotten harder and harder to stretch our dollars
to cover a family this way, I've searched for other,
equally satisfying options. I believe your idea is it!
Cindy in KS - makin' those pennies SQUEAL