Miss Lori offers 4 ways to give this holiday season beyond money

The holidays are really about giving not receiving, and what better time to kick off the spirit than with Giving Tuesday. I know that we all have the desire to do for others, but we don’t always have the means to make straight financial donations. That doesn’t mean you can’t participate in philanthropy. Here is a list of 5 dynamic ways for you to give this season to a variety of worthy organizations and causes.


The holiday’s are just weeks away. You will be bringing new stuff into your house. Why not prepare for the arrival by purging your closets, drawers and storage bins. You probabaly have many items that you no longer need that someone else could truly benefit from. Gather your new or gently used items and take them to your nearest Homeless Shelter, Goodwill or The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army will even come and pick up your larger items. You can schedule pick ups on line or by calling their 1800 number.


ABC’s Good Morning America Warm Coats & Warm Hearts

 One Warm Coat is experienced in facilitating coat drives around the country. The goal of the Warm Coats + Warm Hearts Drive is to make sure people in need in various communities around the country benefit from this coat drive, and the local charities and organizations One Warm Coat is affiliated with are our best resources to making sure donated coats reach the people who need them most this holiday season. You can donate gently worn coats to any Burlington Coat Factory store until February 13, 2011. Upon doing so you will receive a 10% purchase discount as a thank you.


Any Soldier

Have you ever received a care package? Do you remember how good it made you feel? Well our soldiers could benefit form a care package or two from you. Goto AnySoldier.com and you cna find out just what is needed and where you can send it.


The American Red Cross

One of the most precious goods you possess is your blood. With all of the escalating traffic accidents, natural disasters and such the  America Red Cross is in great need of blood donations. Why not make an appointment to donate blood? Click here.



Give by getting. Many retailers have established special programs that helps you give this season through purchases you make for yourself.


Suburu’s Share the Love Event

Now through January 2, 2013 if you buy a Suburu they will in turn donate $250 to one of five charities of your choosing; Make a Wish, Meals on Wheels, USO, Alzheimer’s Association and ASPCA.


Dolly Parton’s Dream More; Celebrate the Dreamer in You


Buy Dolly Parton’s new book Dream More and all proceeds will go to her foundation Imagination Library, which helps foster a love of reading among preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month.


Amazon and The Today Show Annual Toy Drive



Amazon is again the place to go to make online donations to The Today Show Annual Toy Drive. Go to the Today Show’s Amazon Wish List. At Amazon.com add as many items as you like to your cart, complete the checkout and Amazon.com will do the rest! All the toys from the Today Show’s Wish List are top sellers from Amazon’s Holiday Toy List. Donate now to the TODAY Holiday Toy and Gift Drive!


JcP Cares and The Salvation Army

JcPenny is making it as easy as ever for customers to give back this season through its charitable giving program, jcp cares. Starting Friday, November 23, 2012 customers can support The Salvation Army by rounding up their store purchases to the nearest dollar and donating the difference to their 122nd annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. So when friends or family members open your gift from jcpenney, let them know that purchase helped provide meals to hungry families and clothing and toys to children in need through the services of The Salvation Army.



The iGive Button is a simple browser app. It tells stores that you want a percentage of every purchase you make donated to your cause or charity, at no cost to you. Sign up here.


Mastercard’s Purchase with Purpose:


For the third year running, MasterCard is teaming up with COMO Hotels and Resorts to support community investment in Bali, the Maldives, Bangkok, Bhutan, the Turks and Caicos, and London. From 1 October-31 December 2012, guests paying with MasterCard at any COMO hotel or resort will raise US$30 for local women’s grassroot organizations working with underserved communities and enabling sustainable livelihoods.



Spirit of Giving Food Drive


The eight-week event kicks off on ABC 7′s Morning News on Thursday, November 1, 2012 and runs through Jan. 2, 2013. Last year, the food drive was extremely successful and helped collect 845,130 meals for hungry men, women and children throughout the Chicago area. This year, ABC 7 and Dominick’s are asking Chicagoans to join in the fight to diminish hunger in our community by choosing one of the “7 Ways to Give.” including if you LIKE their Facebook pageABC 7 Chicago will donate $1 to the Spirit of Giving Food Drive at Dominicks.



Never underestimate the value of your time. Consider sharing volunteering with an organization this season. Serve meals at a soup kitchen, pack up car packages, deliver meals, or just help your neighbor in need. Here are some other more specific ideas.


Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Join your local affiliate or community representative and meet volunteers committed to fighting pancreatic cancer. As part of your local effort, you can make a difference.


Barrington Giving Day


Each December Barrington Giving Day invites families who are on the Free & Reduced Lunch program in Barrington School District 220 to a Giving Day. Here they receive boxes of food, warm coats, blankets, books, and gifts. According to my friend and fellow blogger Michelle at Honest and Truly they are always in need of volunteers. Teens (high school) can volunteer for setup and sorting, but not on the morning of for privacy reasons. Sorting of coats will be at The Christian Science Church, 421 E Main St, Barrington. Dates and times for sorting are November 26th through December 13th, 9:00 a.m. till noon 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Giving Day is Saturday morning December 15. They also need volunteers to transport items from the storage and sorting to the middle school where it is held and to unload and organize at the middle school on that Friday after school.



There are so many worthy organizations out there in need of your funds to keep their doors open and the charity flowing. You can donate on line with a credit card, through the mail with a check, or even in person. Here are just a few suggestions.

The African Children’s Choir:


They are asking parents to replace one of their child’s stocking stuffer gifts with a donation. Money raised by the Give up a Gift for Africa campaign will go towards both The African Children’s Choir programme, and the many other valuable programmes run by Music for Life. Once the donation has been made you will receive a link to their printable Christmas card via the First Giving confirmation email. Print it off, and put it into your child’s stocking as a thank you. The card will allow parents the opportunity to talk to their child about the important message of giving, and how — by donating the value of one of their stocking stuffer gifts — the child has helped children less fortunate than themselves. The card also allows you to write a personal message to your child.


The Salvation Army

Those bells you hear outside aren’t Santa Claus just yet, they are The Salvation Army Red Kettle bells. As you head into your grocery or department store undoubtedly you have passed one. Consider dropping in the change from your purchase, or the change in the tray of your car, or the change in your pocket. This is also a great teaching moment for your children. Meeting the volunteers manning the kettle, talking to them about why they are out in the cold doing what they are doing, followed by the sound of the change going into a kettle can leave a long lasting imprint on your child’s psyche.

But you don’t have to have loose change in your hand to donate, you can just use your phone. Donating is never further than your cell phone these days. You can find a comprehensive list on MobileGiving.org. Here are a few to get you started.

Text HEALTH to 90999 to give $10 to Project HOPE today.

Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to the Red Cross

Texting HOPE to 20222 to give $5 to the American Cancer Society


As they say on the AnySoldier.com site, “It’s not just about stuff, it’s about support.” There is no such thing as an insignificant gift. Everything you do, everything you donate, helps someone. Do you know of an organization that has a special donating program that I have missed. Please share their information in a comment. We can’t help if we don’t know about it. Let’s get the information out there and help as many people as we can. Afterall wouldn’t that be the greatest gift of all?





This is a *Level 13 post. The product or service mentioned was bought and paid for with Miss Lori’s own hard earned money that she doesn’t have a lot of, and thus doesn’t like to part with, so it must have been important.

Miss Lori can be found Musing from her Minivan at MissLori.TVWearetherealdeal.comYoungChicagonista, and TheChicagoMoms.com. You can also see her Activating to Be Great at Miss Lori’s CAMPUS on YoutubeFacebookTwitterPinterestInstagramTOUT and LinkedIn.





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