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Girl's Dream of Providing Poor With Clean Water Comes True, Even After Her Tragic Death

A girl's goal to raise $300 for a nonprofit clean water group was cut tragically short when the 9-year-old died last week in car crash. Rachel Beckwith, of Bellevue, Wash., needed about $80 to complete her goal of sending the money to charity:...Donations are pouring in, honoring a young girl who was tragically killed.

Detroit School Asks Parents to Donate Toilet Paper

It's not unusual for teachers to ask parents to send in items that make the classroom run more smoothly -- Kleenex, for example, disinfecting wipes, or hand sanitizer. But a Detroit elementary school's recent requests are far more basic ... and alarm...

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...

Too many toys? Donate to Make-A-Wish year-round

Although we very much appreciate all of the gifts Wito receives over the holidays, the fact of the matter is he just doesn't need all of those toys. Since our local Toys for Tots drive is over, I searched online for other options besides Goodwill or ...

Wee lad offers Wii to we who donate

Since he was about three, Tyler Strasser has been collecting items to give to the poor. This year, in an attempt to get more people to contribute to his toy drive, he offered up the chance to win a Nintendo Wii as an incentive. The Wii is the hot vid...

Birthday gifts for the firehouse

This past weekend, Jared attended the birthday party of one of his classmates. When we received the invitation, I was intrigued by the note asking that, instead of gifts for the birthday girl, guests bring a toy to take to the firehouse. So we picked...

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...

Eight-year-old gives birthday presents to slain deputy

Sgt. Chris Reyka, an 18-year veteran of the Broward sheriff's department in Florida and father of four, was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle last August. His killers are still at large. His family, meanwhile, are without their...

Five bucks for kids

I received an email yesterday from my blog friend Karen Rani of Troll Baby. Her good friends are embarking on a mission to Swaziland at the end of the month to volunteer their time, supplies, and money. Astonishingly, 70% of the country makes less th...

Helping a Mom in need

I've always joked that I have a love/hate relationship with the Internet. All it takes are a few rude comments (you know who you are!) to ruin a perfectly good day. I've seen many bad things happen to people, thanks to online activities....but I've a...

The generosity of children

According to this article, American school children have raised and donated more money for Katrina relief than many major corporations. RandomKid, a non-profit, grassroots children's group has been tracking donations and announced that the total has ...

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