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Evangeline Lilly Auctions Lingerie for Kid's Charity

Evangeline Lilly has a cause so near and dear to her heart that she is willing to sell her underwear to make a difference. Well, maybe not her underwear, but some brand new -- and might I add, quite lovely -- pieces of Brazilian-made lingerie. The...

Kid-Friendly Charities to Encourage Your Children to Give

When we started giving my 5-year-old daughter an allowance a few months back, we gave her three choices. She could take her five $1 bills and either put them into her piggy bank to save, a special jar to give away, or in her little princess purse to...

Five Ways to Make This Christmas More Memorable

For those of you who celebrate Christmas, the holiday has officially begun. Whether you're working today, anticipating tomorrow's fun, or you already have a houseful of company, Christmas Eve is the kick-off for what is probably your kids' (and mayb...

Mother Nature Shuts Down Seattle Toys for Tots

After teaching for years in low-income areas, I've seen first hand the joy that Toys for Tots can bring to struggling families. The toys were often distributed right from school, relieved parents knowing that they'd have something special under the t...

Farewell, Doc Hudson

My kids have never seen Cool Hand Luke, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, or even The Sting, the fun story of a big con that is my favorite of Paul Newman's movies. They do know and love, however, his Newman's most recent rol...

What to do with old concert T-shirts

When I was a teenager, I spent a lot of time listening to music, and perhaps even more money on t-shirts from the concerts I attended. I've kept them faithfully over the years. In fact, they've traveled from Kentucky to New York several times and h...

Hanson babies just keep coming

Just last month, eldest Hanson brother Isaac and his wife Nikki had their second child, a son named James Monroe. That brought the total number Hanson babies to six, but not for long. Middle Hanson Taylor, 25, and his wife Natalie, 24, have announced...

Nicole Richie's new online charity

Who knew that former party girl Nicole Richie was such a giving and charitable person? I think that the way she has turned her life around and started giving back to those less fortunate is wonderful and I applaud her efforts. And apparently she has ...

Virgin Mobile asks kids to strip for charity

It guess it sounded like a good idea on paper: a national campaign to collect clothing donations for homeless youth featuring non-homeless, fully-clothed youth. Except for the part where the clothed youth are supposed to take their clothes off. Spons...

Kidman won't sell baby photos

Nicole Kidman may be debuting pics of her new baby soon, but if she does so, it won't be for cash. The Oscar winner and her country music star husband, Keith Urban, recently welcomed Sunday Rose into the world. According to reports, they've been deb...

Kirk Douglas: secret celebrity do-gooder

Celebrities, by their very nature, crave attention. Some of them can't seem to get enough of it and go to great lengths to make sure they stay in the public eye (see Britney Spears). But some famous people keep their private lives private and quietly...

Tips for raising charitable children

Do you give? When are were you taught to do so as a child? Do your children? But, how exactly do we create a culture of giving in the home? It doesn't start the way I think about it--that scene from Mommy Dearest where Mommy makes Christina give ...

The spirit of giving

After all the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations, the day has finally arrived. The living room is awash in wrapping paper and holiday music is playing on the stereo. The turkey is in the oven and the smells of my mother's good cooking fill t...

How do you give back?

Every year about this time, our local newspaper publishes a list of children in need. The list gives information on the child's sex, age and a few things he or she should would like to receive for Christmas. These are children who otherwise might not...

Strippers recruited for kids' Halloween carnival

Ellie's school will soon hold it's annual fund raising event. For several weeks now, I've been getting emails and notes from the organizers of the event begging parents to help out by volunteering. I happily signed up and am looking forward to seeing...

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