Making a Global Difference - From Your Computer!

These organizations offer ideas for hands-on projects or interactive financial donations.
By Eliana Osborn
Feb 06, 2013



Feb 06, 2013

To Help A Child:

Samaritan's PurseUnder "Operation Christmas Child," you can fill a shoebox with gifts, send it in with a $7 processing fee, and track it as it travels to its destination. 

Rising Star OrphanageIdentify and sponsor a child at this home and school for children in India whose parents are affected by leprosy. For as little as $30 a month, your family can literally change a life.

To Help The Planet:

Arbor Day FoundationTrees not only beautify neighborhoods, they also improve air quality and invite wildlife. You can find planting opportunities with a local Arbor Day Foundation partner.

World Wildlife FundLove pandas? Crazy about crocodiles? Your family can symbolically adopt an animal. Your donation of $50 or more helps protect the species you choose, and you receive a toy and certificate to honor your good deed.

To Help a Family:

Family-to-FamilyGather birthday party supplies, collect seed packets, or pack a box of groceries and mail to a family in need.

Heifer InternationalFinancial gifts that help families worldwide become more economically stable‚ 20 buys a flock of ducks in China, for example; $30 buys honeybees in Ecuador. Bonus: Games that teach kids about hunger and the environment are available on the website.

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