Hope: A list of giving for the holidays (or any time of year)

Charity and this time of year seem to go hand in hand and it may feel difficult to donate money if finances have been less than favorable.

The six of cups is an example, in the Waite-Smith Tarot, of generosity at a heartful level.


You can always give from the heart, whether it’s with your time, an unwanted coat, or your sewing, knitting or crocheting talents.

1. This mental_floss story lists 12 opportunities for giving. It details how the Humane Society of the United States accepts fur coat donations to give comfort to abandoned animals. Chemocaps and  Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation are among the nonprofits represented on the list.


The six of pentacles is an example, in the Waite-Smith Tarot, of materialistic or financial generosity.


Donate what you don’t need.

2. A Google search for “donate” resulted with other top searches, such as plasma, blood, hair and a car. If you can donate such items, you may wish to do so to bring joy to the world — or, your local Bonfils, Red Cross, hospital, Wigs for Kids, NPR, etc.

Speaking of the Red Cross, in addition to opportunities to volunteer and get involved, consider the power of the short link.

3. Shorten your links on social media using Hope.ly. These links will prompt those who click on it to donate to the Red Cross, a great objective, and at the same time, the presentation of the donation ribbon on top of the site you link to may feel obtrusive if overused — so use hope.ly somewhat conservatively, perhaps, if you are prolific in social media.

For those with shopping left to do, consider these options.

4. Nonprofit Tech for Good posted this blog last Oct that lists 29 online stores that benefit nonprofits. They followed up a more current and similar post with 10 holiday gift programs that benefit nonprofits.

5. Three ways to shop for good include Shop for Good, 6 Degrees.org and Greater Good. The latter appears to simply require clicking — a purchase-free way to feel warm and fuzzy.

I’d be remiss not to add that it’s important to shop small and support entrepreneurs. With this in mind, please also consider getting a Tarot and/or tea leaf reading from me, or contact me about lecturing or leading a workshop for you on either topic, and/or poetry and writing. Please visit my website for information on my events, publications, and to book a Tarot and/or tea leaf reading.

Thanks for the read.

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