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A New Turkey Day Tradition

Posted by Elisa Taub
A New Turkey Day Tradition

Thanksgiving. Yesterday we cooked, today we eat, and tomorrow we shop. It's an American tradition. But this holiday is also a time of giving, so why not start a new tradition and take some time today to make a donation to your favorite charity.

Any amount will do, but make sure to discuss your donation with your kids. When they see you give year after year, they are likely to continue this tradition when they grow up -- and that will definitely be something to be thankful for.

Not sure where you want to donate? We've provided a list of some of our favorite charities below that reach out to help women and children.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at

Dress For Success
Founded in 1997, Dress For Success is a non-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. They offer five ways you can support and make a lasting impact on a woman's life.

I Have A Dream Foundation
The "I Have a Dream"® Program helps children from low-income areas reach their education and career goals by providing a long-term program of mentoring, tutoring, and enrichment with an assured opportunity for higher education.

Boys and Girls Clubs of America
Celebrating 100 Years of Giving Hope and Opportunity, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America reach out to children who for various reasons are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. They offer not only a support system that lets these kids know that someone cares, but also promote and enhance their development by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow - all while having fun.

Silver Lining Foundation
The Silver Lining Foundation is a magical world created for children with cancer. The Foundation was founded in 1990 when a shoulder injury ended the professional tennis career of Andrea Jaeger. Since then Andrea has devoted all of her energy to developing custom-made programs for these special kids. The vision involves engaging children in inspirational opportunities that develop hope and courage in order to battle their illnesses. Participants exchange a sterile hospital environment and rigid medical schedule for white-water rafting, horseback riding, gondola rides up Aspen Mountain, skiing and making lifetime friends.

DonorsChoose is a simple way to provide students in need with resources that our public schools often lack. At this not-for-profit website, teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals, whom we call Citizen Philanthropists, choose projects to fund.

Women For Women International
Women for Women International helps women in war-torn regions rebuild their lives by providing financial and emotional support, job skills training, rights awareness and leadership education and access to business skills, capital and markets. Through the program, women become confident, independent and productive as they embrace the importance of their roles in rebuilding their families, their communities and ultimately, their nations.

Young Storytellers Foundation
The Young Storytellers Foundation is dedicated to developing literacy, self-expression and self-esteem through the art of storytelling. Through their program, children discover their innate talent as storytellers. By expressing and celebrating that talent and imagination, each child develops a unique and special voice, and a confidence and pride that will last a lifetime.

Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks aims to raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society, and to give hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. They also seek to raise funds to facilitate effective treatment and research on autism.

Youth Law Center
The Youth Law Center is a non-profit, public interest law office that has worked to protect abused and at-risk children since 1978. With offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., the Center works nationally to serve children, focusing particularly upon the problems of children living apart from their families in child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The goal of the Youth Law Center's work is to ensure that vulnerable children are provided with the conditions and services they need to grow into healthy, productive adults.

CHPHP-Children Helping Poor and Homeless People
CHPHP community service and service learning activities involve young people and adults in direct hands-on projects which help children, women and men in need in California, Oregon and expanding into Arizona. The goal of CHPHP is to help end hunger, poverty and homelessness through education.

The Jimmy Fund
Since its founding in 1948, the Jimmy fund has supported the fight against cancer in children and adults at Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, helping to raise the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. One of the world's premier centers for pediatric cancer treatment and research, the clinic is also a warm, welcoming place for children and their families.

Special Olympics
Special Olympics is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. Special Olympics offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round training and competition in 26 Olympic-type summer and winter sports.

United In Harmony
United in Harmony's mission is to provide homeless children with hope and opportunities to develop positive self-esteem through interactions with teenage and adult role models. United in Harmony has a variety of programs, but Camp Harmony is the cornerstone of the charity. For many children, The Harmony Sports Clinic is their first opportunity to be coached in a variety of sports. Another program, the Harmony Holiday Party is an annual event that gives homeless children access to the love and attention that is so needed at this time of year. Each child leaves with a bag of new toys and clothing.

Ronald McDonald House
The three core programs of RMHC - the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile - are focused on helping families in need. Their cornerstone Ronald McDonald House program began in 1974 based on a simple idea: Provide a "home away from home" for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.

826 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Their services are structured around their belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

St. Jude
St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility anywhere. Discoveries made here have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. All patients accepted for treatment at St. Jude are treated without regard to the family's ability to pay.