We do our part to help. My husband participates in Habitats for Humanity. We give donations several times a year. If I see a homeless person begging, I try to give them what I can, preferably food and drink. This year, we're participating in Toys for Tots. One of the reasons why I'm learning to crochet is so I can donate to charities: hospitals, shelters, and other organizations. I want to do more. So I'm working for it.
I'm not saying this to brag, but too often people complain and bitch and don't bother lifting a finger to do. We're not one of those people. We know how it feels to have very little. We're not rich, by any means, nor are we poor, but we still give what we can to help.
If you don't want to help, don't, but don't use those people in need as an excuse to not help others.
So, I did some work and put together a list of charities for my Facebook friends to contribute to if they wished. Gave them some ideas and asked for information about charities that they give to. I wanted to know what they cared about and who they try to help.
Here's that list for you. Most of these organizations are in Ohio. But all it takes is the right keywords and a browser to find charities in your area. If some of these are untrustworthy, or just not good at giving what's needed (I know some places are corrupt or they take more for their employees/volunteers than they give), comment on the bad ones, please.
Good luck and happy holidays:
(also posted on From the Mud and Wren's Nest)