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5 Ways to Give Back this Thanksgiving

November 20, 2012

This Thursday, in the United States, most of us will celebrate Thanksgiving. It's a day (but hopefully not the only day) to give thanks for what you have in your life by eating immense amounts of food and watching football: love, family, friends, a dry home free from flooding if you are a recipient of Sandy's unwelcome "gift" this year.

And while I'm all for the "food is love" sentiment, it seems a good time to think about how we can offer gratitude in other ways, as well.

Here are 5 projects you can lend your immediate support to easily and quickly. What better way to give thanks than by giving of yourself?

  • Take a moment to pledge your support or offer help through the American Red Cross who are still deep in the midst of addressing massive needs due to Super storm Sandy.
  • Join the Catapult community and contribute to a project that has the very real potential of changing people's lives like this one: The Global Fund for Women are helping to train women in Uganda to grow food for their families and to sell. But the minibus they use to reach remote areas has broken down. Can you help?
  • Why not spend a few minutes watching some beautiful, short films? Doesn't seem like a way to offer gratitude? It is! Why Poverty? is a new platform with a host of moving, compelling films that address how poverty affects everything from childbirth to education.
  • When more people in the developing world have mobile phones than access to a clean, safe place to relieve themselves, we're in a dire situation. Monday, November 19 was World Toilet Day. If you give a sh** (and I know you do), do something.
  • Most of us have stories about how access to contraception has changed our lives. What's yours? Share it at and pledge to help 120 million more women and girls, living in the poorest parts of the world, get access to needed and wanted contraception.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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