It is Thanksgiving week and shopping for this holiday season has begun. If you have not  bought presents yet, the ideas are starting to develop. Since many of us do not need (or want)  more ‘things’, making a donation to a worthy non-profit organization in someone’s name is a gift which benefits many.  NGOs you may not know:

Heifer International: founded by a farmer from the American midwest 70 years ago, this organizaton fights to end world hunger and provide basic necessities to communities and families.

Donors Choose: teachers in public schools from all over the country post projects they want funded for their students / classroom. Some are inventive and many are very basic necessities such as books, crayons, markers. etc.   Just scrolling through the requests is an education!

Barefoot College: teaches  impoverished rural communites to be sustainable and self-sufficient. Empowers people with ripple effect in action. Their approach is inspirational.

Local non-profit organizations which appreciate gifts of time and/or money:

Placer Food Bank they are having a fundraiser run on December 13 in Rocklin.

Humane Society of the Sierra Foothils: animals need help too.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!