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A DIFFERENT KIND OF HOLIDAY GIVING

A DIFFERENT KIND OF HOLIDAY GIVING

A DIFFERENT KIND OF HOLIDAY GIVING

Here is a novel idea: This holiday season, instead of spending tons of money on gifts, a growing number of celebrants are using some of their gift money to support Louisiana charities. You may be surprised at how many non-profits and charitable organizations exist in our state. Just in case this sounds like an interesting idea to you, here are just a few of the worthy groups that need our help:

  • ANIMAL RESCUE NEW ORLEANS: This is a no -kill shelter  dedicated to the rescue and aid of abandoned and homeless animals in the New Orleans area, including responding to the immediate needs of those in need of medical care or those too old, too young, too sick, neglected, abused and deprived of love.  ARNO was established just after Katrina and has taken care of more than 7000 animals since. Unlike other shelters, ARNO also works with underprivileged pet owners to help them maintain their pets. Check out ARNO at www.animalrescueneworleans.org. Here’s an idea: If you have a pet lover on your list, make a contribution to ARNO as their holiday gift.
  • BATON ROUGE YOUTH COALITION: BRYC was founded by a high school teacher, Daniel Kahn, who observed that some of his most high achieving students would not be able to go to college because they could not afford tuition. Dedicated to students’ long-term success, BRYC runs programs that help students enter and excel in college. Check out www.thebryc.org to donate and/or volunteer.
  • HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF GREATER BATON ROUGE: Everybody knows about the great work Habitat for Humanity does. Just last month our local Habitat for Humanity celebrated 30 years of helping people in need build their forever homes. You can join the effort, or you can simply donate at www.habitatbrla.org.
  • SUSAN G. KORMEN NEW ORLEANS is the Louisiana branch of the national organization that dedicated to investing in research to study and cure breast cancer. So many Louisiana families have dealt with this all too common disease. You can donate at www.komenneworleans.org.
  • THE HOSPICE OF BATON ROUGE provides end of life care for patients and bereavement care for families. Serving eight parishes, some people call the hospice workers “angels on earth.” Donate at www.HospiceBR.org.
  • VETS FOR VETS: This organization operates out of Shreveport and operates for the charitable purpose of providing support and assistance to veterans from Northwest Louisiana.

Does Dad really need a new sweater, or does your aunt truly need a new candy dish? Probably not. Consider supporting one of the dozens of Louisiana non profits and charitable organizations this holiday season.

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