Friday Favorites #3: Christmas donations!

After the extremely dark and depressing election season last year, my friends and I were inspired by all the protests and everyone’s willingness to fight for what they believed in. John Oliver’s Emmy-winning “F*ck 2016” segment and episode gave us the idea that rather than buying or making something useless for each other, we could donate to orgs who are doing great work in this country. We chose places like the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Trevor Project, and the International Refugee Assistance Project. We have decided to make this a tradition, giving money to those who could turn it into something good instead of spending money to produce more plastic.

Here is the list of this year’s recipients to give you some ideas if you’re interested in starting this tradition yourself!

“Threats to climbing access come in many forms—private climbing areas put up for sale, land managers over-regulating climbing, user impacts degrading the climbing environment, landowners fearful of liability, the list goes on. Our approach to protecting climbing areas is as multifaceted as the threats.”

“Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF) began in 1999 as a statewide nonprofit organization to provide a voice for the Commonwealth’s 121 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest land. With PPFF, citizens can donate or bequeath money to state parks and forests, become active and involved volunteers in the park and forest system, and find some fun and educational opportunities. PPFF’s status as a registered charity allows chapter friends groups to operate on our public lands for the benefit of everyone.”

“Randy Bryce is a U.S. Army veteran, cancer survivor, and union ironworker. He joined the race for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District [against Paul Ryan] because his values are our neighbors’ values, and Washington has gotten way off track.”

“Today, Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. ”

“ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism with moral force. We dig deep into important issues, shining a light on abuses of power and betrayals of public trust — and we stick with those issues as long as it takes to hold power to account.”

“Since 1971, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) has provided legal assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who might otherwise have gone without adequate representation. NARF has successfully asserted and defended the most important rights of Indians and tribes in hundreds of major cases, and has achieved significant results in such critical areas as tribal sovereignty, treaty rights, natural resource protection, and Indian education. NARF is a non-profit 501c(3) organization that focuses on applying existing laws and treaties to guarantee that national and state governments live up to their legal obligations.”

This is the time of year that I drop a $5 in the library’s donation box, something I would never even think about for most of the year. Although it’s not a very good thing to wait until Christmas to give money, at least it’s happening at all.

Do you and your friends or family donate in each other’s name?

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