I don't quite recall when the Tuesday after Thanksgiving became "Giving Tuesday", but it seems like a nice idea. And I know that towards the end of the year, people often tend to think about making charitable donations generally. So I thought I'd throw up a few links for your consideration.
- Lady Trent's Friends of Nepal. You've read The Memoirs of Lady Trent, the alternate Victorian fantasy series about a dragon naturalist? If not,
what's the matter with you? you can buy signed copies at the link above. Or if you have, you can buy signed copies of books by other fine writers like Alyc Helms and Mindy Klasky. Or you can just donate and get a chance to win prizes. All proceeds will go to Heifer International's projects in Nepal.
- The The International Rescue Committee. I talked about them in a post a couple of weeks ago. They assist refugees all over the world.
- Your local food bank. Mine is Second Harvest.
- HomeFirst. Having mostly fairly moderate weather, San Jose has a lot of homeless people who sleep outside. Tragically, when the weather does get cold, this means that San Jose has too many homeless people who die of hypothermia. HomeFirst tries to stop this from happening - they operate cold weather shelters in the area, and also do good work getting homeless people into permanent housing.
- And, of course, you can't go wrong with Medecins Sans Frontieres.
If you've got a favorite charity, feel free to drop a link in the comments.