Acting Locally to Help Globally

Acting Locally to Help Globally

Acting Locally to Help Globally

Major disasters around the world not only generate heavy news coverage — they also move people to donate money, supplies, and a helping hand to those affected.

Away from the limelight, however, are countless smaller everyday health crises that also need the help of developing nations and their citizens.

It's easy to feel powerless when you see reports of famine, starvation, disease, violence, and poverty, yet many organizations are already in place to ensure that charitable contributions have the maximum impact.

Helping others lets parents teach kids important lessons about the value of sharing and sacrifice — plus, most kids enjoy discovering that they can make a difference in the world and help those who are less fortunate.

What This Means to You

Talk with your kids about how your family can make small but meaningful contributions to those in need. Discuss the issues that interest you and then start researching which groups can make best use of your help.

For instance:

Of course, these are just a few of many worthwhile campaigns and groups. Whatever causes you decide to support, pay a visit to the websites of the Better Business Bureau or the American Institute of Philanthropy to be sure that an organization is legitimate and fiscally responsible.

During the holiday season, many families look for ways to help those in need. It's a great time to get started — you can even do your online holiday shopping through portals that connect shoppers to major retailers and donate a portion of all sales to various charities. But remember, your family can make a difference all year round.

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: December 2010

Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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