The year 2013 is quickly drawing to a close, but there is still plenty of time to do some good, and at the same time, maybe even help lighten your tax burden for the upcoming filing season. Here are 10 ways you can help provide essential resources to those in need in the U.S. and around the world.
World Vision Clothing and shelter, access to education, and even soccer balls are just some of the items donors can choose to provide for economically challenged children living in countries like Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Ghana. A donation of $100 provides a family with a goat and two chickens — or healthy milk, cheese and yogurt and fresh eggs. Learn more: www.worldvision.org
charity: water Working to provide clean and safe drinking water "to every person on the planet," charity: water has managed to fund nearly 9,500 water projects in 20 countries. One hundred percent of donations goes directly toward a water project. Charity: water's online store, with merchandise ranging from playing cards and T-shirts to campaign posters and Pure Fix Cycles, is also an option since a percentage of every purchase supports the nonprofit. Learn more: www.charitywater.org more >>
A charity organization created by the family of the founder of the retail chain Walmart has given millions of dollars to a pro-vouchers lobbying group.
The Walton Family Foundation has donated $6 million to the Alliance for School Choice, a group that advocates for the expansion of alternatives to public school education.
In a generous act of kindness, Pope Francis gave 2,000 unsuspecting immigrants, who stay at a shelter within close proximity to the Vatican, practical Christmas gift packages that included a signed card, postal stamps, a pre-paid international calling card, and a free day-pass for Rome's metro.
The immigrants stay at the Dono di Maria home that was founded by Mother Teresa 25 years ago under Pope John Paul II's blessing. Many of them arrived in Rome with little to no means, after fleeing from regions in Africa afflicted by armed conflict or from poverty and human trafficking in Asia and Eastern Europe.
"The Pope is very familiar with our work here and understands the realities that people face ... the guests were very happy," said Sister Michelle, the superior of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity in Rome, according to Catholic News Agency. more >>
What was the world like in 2013 for the planet's most marginalized and vulnerable communities?
1. Syria's Civil War more >>
A set of United States maps showing the counties that have the highest concentrations of sin, based on the "Seven Deadly Sins," has caused a stir since Memolition reposted it this month. In each of the maps the southeast, an area often referred to as the "Bible Belt" for its tradition of faith, has the largest amount of sin per capita.
"We compiled those maps from the standpoint of geographic information science," Mitch Stimers, who worked on the study as a graduate student at Kansas State University in 2009, told The Christian Post in an interview on Friday.
Now a director of institutional research and instructor of geography and geosciences at Cloud County Community College, Stimers insisted, "we weren't attempting to interject any moral interpretation into them." more >>
A choir had 15 of their credit and debit cards stolen Thursday while they performed at a Washington, D.C. Christmas concert to raise money for the homeless.
The Thomas Circle Singers, a chamber choral ensemble that performs in order to raise money for lower-income Washington, D.C. residents, was performing at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in front of 500 spectators, when someone sneaked into the basement where they had stored their belongings and took the cards.
Once he or she obtained the cards, the thief made a beeline to the store. Before the end of the concert, a $600 purchase had been made at an REI and $150 at a Toys R Us on one card alone, reports The Washington Post. Thousands more dollars were reportedly spent and another person's identification card was stolen. Six people were affected by the crime. more >>