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  1. I always like to donate to charity at Christmas. Sometimes I forget and other times I don't feel rich enough, (even though at my poorest times I was rich compared to others), but I really do honestly try to do it regularly. I thought others might want to do the same and have some ideas of where to give, so I'm suggesting that we pool our resources to list some different charities. Some of these organisations may have a slant that you don't like. Fine, I can understand that. But rather than tearing down my suggestions, why not suggest some of your own?   I'll start with a near local one, SOS Kinderdorf. "In view of the misery of countless war orphans and homeless children after the Second World War, the Austrian Hermann Gmeiner initiated the construction of the world's first SOS Children's Village in the small Tyrolean town of Imst in 1949. SOS Children's Villages revolve around the effort to give children who have lost their parents or who are no longer able to live with them a permanent home and a stable environment. The SOS Children's Village family-like structure is formed by four basic principles: mother, brothers and sisters, house and village."   Direct to the donations page (in English)   ========== One I always associate with Britain, due to their charity shops: Oxfam "Oxfam International is a confederation of 12 organizations working together with over 3,000 partners in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice. Oxfam International seeks increased worldwide public understanding that economic and social justice are crucial to sustainable development. We strive to be a global campaigning force promoting the awareness and motivation that comes with global citizenship whilst seeking to shift public opinion in order to make equity the same priority as economic growth."   Pick the country via which you want to donate   ========== Another big international organisation: Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières "Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries. Each year, MSF volunteer doctors, nurses, logisticians, water-and-sanitation experts, administrators, and other medical and non-medical professionals depart on more than 3,800 aid missions. They work alongside more than 22,500 locally hired staff to provide medical care."   Direct to the donations page   ========== One not for people, but for the planet: World Wildlife Fund "Mission Statement To stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by:   - conserving the world's biological diversity - ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable - promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption."   Direct to the donations page   ========== One of two United Nations organisations: World Food Programme (WFP) "What is WFP's Mission?   As the food aid arm of the UN, WFP uses its food to: -meet emergency needs -support economic & social development   The Agency also provides the logistics support necessary to get food aid to the right people at the right time and in the right place. WFP works to put hunger at the centre of the international agenda, promoting policies, strategies and operations that directly benefit the poor and hungry."   Online donation form   ========== The one I've contributed to since I was 11 and walked around at Halloween with an orange box: UNICEF Their mission statement is long, so here's their slogan instead. "For every child; Health, Education, Equality, Protection. Advance Humanity"   Pick the country via which you want to donate