This week, I wrote a piece for Kveller.com about how to give to charity even when you don't have the money yourself:
With Hurricane Sandy
hitting so close to home last month, my kids and I went through all
their things to collect clothes, toys, books, and blankets we could
bring down to the school being used as a shelter.
In addition, you can contribute your particular talents to a cause
you believe in, saving them the expense of hiring a professional to do
the same thing. I’ve written numerous press releases, editorials, and
even feature articles in newspapers and magazine for non-profits. Some
of them have even served the double purpose of promoting the charity and
also letting others know this organization was out there to help. I’ve
used my language skills to translate for Russian orphans being brought
to the US in the hope of finding them adoptive families, and looked over medical records for American families who want to know what the Russians aren’t telling them.
My husband, working with a new charter middle school in the Bronx
has developed a Kindle-based curriculum for their use, wherein students
without access to computers can get everything they need by using a
simple Kindle, including access to their free library of classic
literature. He’s also physically rebuilt donated computers for a school
in Harlem for classroom use.
Everyone has something they can do that offering it for free saves
the recipient money. You can teach a class on your hobby at a community
center or old age home. You can help new immigrants figure out their
tax forms. You can cook for a homeless shelter or write letters to
soldiers serving overseas. Foster and train a service animal. Cuddle
hospitalized babies with AIDS or sort clothing at a Salvation Army
donation center. Record a book on tape to be enjoyed by the blind.
Read the entire article at: http://www.kveller.com/blog/parenting/how-to-donate-without-opening-your-wallet/
Following my own advice, I am contributing my special talent - my enhanced ebooks - to encourage people to contribute theirs. Donate to the charity of your choice this month (it doesn't have to be Sandy related, any good cause will do), let me know about it at AlinaAdams@gmail.com, and I will send you either a free copy of Counterpoint: An Interactive Family Saga in mobi for Kindle or ePub for Nook format, or, if you choose to support the rebuilding efforts of The Ice Theatre of NY, a copy of any of my Figure Skating Mysteries (details, here).