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The holiday season is a time when we’re inspired to give back.

One way, of course, is to donate money to a good cause. Good News Network has found a great one: taking care of one mother and her 4-year-old daughter, who are being asked to leave a women’s shelter because of hitting the allotted time limit.

brice-francesca and daughter mashup croppedA GNN reader met Francesca because she had volunteered to cook for the man, who has stomach cancer. To reward her constant generosity, he set a goal of raising enough money to build her a tiny home that is solar-powered–but not only that, the tiny home will be the start of a pay-it-forward housing program, which will grant the home to another homeless person, once she is back on her feet again. If you have enough money to donate and boost our Christmas campaign, which is off to a slow start since I first wrote about it in detail on Friday, PLEASE contribute what you can, here on the fundraising page.

If you don’t have money in your budget for donating, here’s how you can make a real difference with ten simple good deeds for the holiday season…

  1. Think of the amazing people in your life. Take an hour to write those people a letter telling them why they’re awesome.
  2. If you’re buying gifts on Amazon, use the Amazon Smile URL and a percentage of your purchase price will go to the charity of your choice at no extra cost to you.
  3. When you buy gifts from one of 1,700 participating online retailers, you can use iGive to have that retailer donate money to your favorite charity. This includes major retailers like Best Buy, Expedia, Bed Bath and Beyond, and others.
  4. Get ready for the new, by getting rid of the old . . . Use those boxes piling up from your online gift buying to pack up clothes, household items, games or other items you no longer need, and will provide a prepaid shipping label so you can have the items shipped to Goodwill at no charge. This can be done from any state in the US. (Goodwill is a nonprofit that provides job training and jobs.)

Other organizations will pick up donations from your house…

(CONTINUE Reading the article in Brad Aronson’s blog)

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