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Easy Ways to Spread Kindness in Your Community and Beyond.

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(Sites are listed in alphabetical order.)

*Star* The American Red Cross is always looking for blood donors. It's one of the easiest ways to be a philanthropist, and just about everyone is eligible. You save lives and it doesn't cost a penny. I give them my blood but not my money, because I don't think they operate their finances efficiently.

*Star* Animal Haven For as little as $10/month, you can help save an abandoned NYC animal's life. Choose a deserving cat or dog at their website. You'll get updates on 'your' animal. You can visit, send treats or toys - or even take your pet home for good. Another way to help is to give a special gift by sponsoring a pet in someone's name.

*Star* Best Friends Animal Society is a giant sanctuary for homeless animals whose mission is to bring about a time when there are no more homeless pets.

*Star* Book Crossing's goal is to make the world a library. How? You read a book, register it at the website, then "release" it into the "wild!"

*Star* Bumi Sehat Foundation International is a non-profit, village-based organization that runs two by-donation community health centers in Bali and Aceh, Indonesia. They provide over 17,000 health consultations for both children and adults each year.

*Star* Canine Companions for Independence provides highly-trained assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities, free of charge. The most advanced technology capable of transforming the lives of people with disabilities has a cold nose and a warm heart!

*Star* Care 2 Make a Difference! Discover, share, take action! A collection of information and websites for green living, health, human rights, and more.

*Star* Childfund International provides assistance to needy children throughout the world, regardless of race, religion, or gender.

*Star* Doctors Without Borders works in nearly 70 countries providing medical aid to those most in need regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation.

*Star* Comprehensive Rural Health Project has been a leader in public health and development in rural communities in India and around the world. Their work has been recognized by the WHO and UNICEF, and has been introduced to 178 countries across the world.

*Star* First Book provides access to new books for children in need. To date they have distributed more than 90 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.

*Star* Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks, and to engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

*Star* Generosity Water is devoted to providing clean water for people everywhere.

*Star* Habitat For Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that has helped to build over 500,000 decent, affordable houses and served 2.5 million people worldwide.

*Star* Heifer International Give the gift of a chicken, goat, heifer, etc. so hungry families around the world can feed themselves and become self-reliant. Children receive nutritious milk or eggs; families earn income for school, health care and better housing; communities go beyond meeting immediate needs to fulfilling dreams. Farmers learn sustainable, environmentally sound agricultural techniques.

*Star* The Hunger Site feeds hungry people every time you click a button. Also linked to the Hunger Site are similar sites for Breast Cancer, Child Health, Rain Forest, and Animal Rescue. Not linked to these pages but based on the same principle is Ecology Fund.

*Star* I Could Be Mentor Program is for teens and adults. It connects teens with adult career mentors over the Internet to help teens discover what they could be.

*Star* Kiva - Loans That Change Lives Kiva lets you lend to a specific entrepreneur in the developing world - allowing them to lift themselves out of poverty.

*Star* Locks of Love is a charitable organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss. You can donate your hair if it's at least 10" long. {

*Star* Malaria No More is determined to end malaria deaths by engaging leaders, rallying the public, and delivering life-saving tools and education to families across Africa.

*Star* Matthew 25: Ministries is the number one rated charity on Charity Navigator! Their mission is to fulfill Matthew 25:34-40 by providing nutritional food to the hungry, clean water to the thirsty, clothing to the naked, shelter to the homeless, medical care to the ill, and humanitarian supplies to the poorest of the poor. "As you did it to the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me" (Matthew 25:40).

*Star* Modest Needs gives financial assistance to ensure self-sufficiency for the working poor faced with a one-time expense which could potentially throw them into the cycle of poverty. They operate with integrity, and donors may choose which requests to support.

*Star* National Marrow Donor Program Thousands of patients hope for a bone marrow donor who can make their life-saving transplant possible. They depend on people to join the registry You have the power to save a life - take the first step today.

*Star* Network for Good Volunteer Program Find volunteer opportunities that match your interests and geographic location, or search for an organization by name. You can also keep a record of all your volunteer activity by using the Volunteer Record of Service to keep a private journal of your volunteer time and your experiences. It's easy - just enter your zip code and see how you can help in your area.

*Star* The One Campaign ONE is a new effort by Americans to rally Americans – ONE by ONE – to fight the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty.

*Star* Oxfam International - 17 organizations networked together to build a future free from the injustice of poverty.

*Star* Passport in Time is a way to make helping a vacation! U.S. Forest Service archeologists need assistance in preserving history. And because it's a volunteer program, there is no fee to participate.

*Star* Reach for a Dream The inspiration to start the Reach For A Dream Foundation came from an article on the Make - A - Wish Foundation, based in America. This is a similar venture in South Africa.

*Star* Reverb Deeply rooted within the music and environmental communities, Reverb educates and engages musicians and their fans to take action toward a more sustainable future.In addition to their greening work with bands and artists, Reverb also works to move forward the sustainable practices of music industry leaders, including venues, record labels, and radio stations.

*Star* St. Jude's Ranch For Children Send them your Campbell's Soup Labels - The Campbell’s Soup Label Program offers a fun and easy way to make the lives of our children better everyday: 1,500,000 labels are enough to get a safe new van for the kids!

*Star* Unicef UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.

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