Because 2020 needs some all the bright spots it can get!

Regularly giving to charities is a part of my year, even if I can only chip in a small way, but Giving Tuesday isn’t a bad reminder to be intentional and are supporting causes that are important to you!

Here’s a few of my favorites, especially those related to books!

Support your local library

Midsection of young boy giving books to librarian at checkout counter in library

Donate financially, or donate used books when the library is having a book sale! (Most libraries don’t put used books on the shelves, but they will sell them to buy new books!)

You can also donate in honor of someone or in their memory. 🙂

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

About the program in their words: “Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that gifts free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities within the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Republic of Ireland.”

You can learn more about this program here too at Very Well Family.

Toys For Tots

My workplace did a toy donation drive for Toys for Tots one year, and it was really rewarding. A nice place to consider if you want to do something concrete!

There are also multiple ways to donate!

About the program in their words: “The basic mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Program is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas.”

Personally I’m chipping in for a Woodburning set cause I LOVED that stuff when I was a kid. (NOTE TO SELF: Write a character that’s a carpenter! Are their professional woodburners in medieval fantasy worlds?) I’m also chipping in for a “write and draw keyboard” cause you know that’s what little writers are needing. 😉

Little Free Library

You can donate money to the organization, find a local library and drop off an old book, or start your own!

In their words: “Little Free Library is a nonprofit that builds community, inspires readers, and expands book access for all through a global network of volunteer-led little libraries. Through Little Free Library book exchanges, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.”

Doctors without Borders

This organization helps doctors help people across the world, They also were one of the inspirations that led me to write the Audacity Saga.

In their words, they are: “An independent, global movement providing medical aid where it’s needed most.”

Donate blood

With the pandemic, this is more important than ever. You can find a local blood drive at the Red Cross website.

Donate to your local food bank

Food insecurity is a surprisingly big issue. Households with kids are more likely to deal with food insecurity. Even before the pandemic, more than 10 million children lived in households struggling to get enough food.

Find a local food bank by searching Google or if you are in the US, try Feeding America.

Do you have a favorite cause you’re working to support on Giving Tuesday? Share it in the comments!

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