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By Mike McPhate  |  December 26, 2008; 12:00 AM ET
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Affordable healthcare, especially for the senior citizens and young children.

Posted by: ThelmaJ | December 26, 2008 5:23 AM | Report abuse

Charity begins at home. So many Americans find themselves unemployed and underemployed due to the current economy. People used to working hard and providing for themselves and their families are losing their homes. Lack of employment generally means no health insurance also. When good American people can no longer provide the simple basics: food and shelter... well, it's a definite wake-up call.

Posted by: loveleione3 | December 26, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

I like to support local non profits. They range from a large all purpose social service agency, to a locally founded and supported AIDS camp in Africa, to a new program at George Mason University which helps veterans prepare to go to college(founded by a wounded Iraq vet from Vienna). I do give to national non-profits but I feel better about giving locally.

This year I am giving to St Judes for a very special reason and for a very special person.

We had some work done on our house. One of the workers stayed behind to do a few odd jobs. We asked him what we owed him. He said "nothing." We said he had earned some pay.

He told us that as a very poor child he had polio(before the vacine). His folks drove him many miles to St. Judes. They took care of him and charged not a dime.
because of the kindness of those at St. Judes, he asks that people he helps, contribute so other children can be helped.
I told this to my daughter and she almost cried. What a wonderful thing for a man to do some 40 years after he received others' kindness.

Posted by: FCPSretiree | December 26, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

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