Giving Back: Momtrends' Editors and Writers Picks for Charitable Giving

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Sure, presents are nice but there is a deeper meaning to the holidays that includes giving to those that are less fortunate. This is a lesson I am trying to instill in my daughter as we learn the 'true meaning' of this time of year. Here are some of our favorites charities to inspire true holiday giving.

Shannon Carino (Food Editor):
Our favorite holiday charity is Gospel for Asia. We were introduced to it a couple of years ago back at our home church in Dallas. The organization partners with missionaries in Asia to help spread the gospel and helps families become self-sufficient with the gift of the livestock for food and farming. A pair of chickens or bunnies can be purchased for $11 and both can provide food and income through their offspring.

Kate Bayless (Writer):
I would love to give open hearts and wallets for the Haitian orphans at Hands & Feet Project. They are a fabulous, well-run organization that I'm happy to support and have worked with for the last four years!

Anna Sandler (Writer):
I would love to give a huge donation to the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, an amazing non-profit working to reclaim childhood from the corporate markers, and to encourage kids and parents that a toy doesn't need to have a licensed character to be fun, and that toys don't need to be sold as "for boys" or "for girls" but just for kids. Learn more about why every kid deserves a commercial-free childhood.

Kerri Gristina (Writer):
Operation Smilemakes such an impact on the lives of children. Operation Smile states: "Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft '?? often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places these children are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can't afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a normal life."

Serena Norr: (Managing Editor:)
Every child and family should have access to a meal. Feeding America is a fantastic charity that helps the hungry by supplying more than 37 million Americans each year with food, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. They do this through educational programs and food banks to engage our country to help end hunger.

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