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Here’s How You Can Be A Giving Angel To A Needy Family This Holiday Season

December 23, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

A lot of people seemed to really enjoy the story I posted a little while back about the K-Mart layaway “angels” and the story of the original Secret Santa Larry Stewart.  The K-Mart layaway story has become such a popular story and K-Mart has fielded so many calls from people wanting to be layaway angels themselves that the store has given instructions to all of its stores telling employees how to handle such requests (apparently, you just tell them you want to be a layaway angel and they’ll take care of the rest!).

Keeping with today’s holiday spirit, I found out about a website that allows people like you to be a giving angel to a needy family this holiday season.

USA Today also did a story today about a website that allows givers to make donations to specific needy families that have been pre-screened by the site’s service.  It’s called www.givelocally.net and it allows potential donors to read the profiles of families that are experiencing hard times (again, all people requesting assistance through the site have been pre-screened so as to avoid any potential fraud) and make a donation to help that family specifically.  Better yet, the website provides vouchers for groceries, utility bills, etc. instead of cash so you can have confidence knowing that your donation is going towards a specific need and not being spent frivilously.

I’ve checked it out a little bit and it’s nice in that you can target a specific giver (family, senior, military, single mother, etc.).  I’ve never used the service since I just heard about it this morning but for those of you who are interested in helping out an individual family this holiday season, it might be a website worth checking out.

Again, it’s www.givelocally.net.

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  1. December 23, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I am so touched by the post and video, especially the video, you shared in your December twelfth post. Thanks for sharing.

    • December 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it! I thought it had that certain warm and fuzzy quality to it.

  2. December 24, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Great Entry
    HAPPY CHRISTMAS 🙂

    • December 29, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      And same to you (even if it is a few days after Christmas)!

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