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Giving Green for Good

There's no shortage of unnecessary calories over the holidays. This year, give gifts that say "Happy Holidays" in an eco-friendly, waste reducing way. You can give for the good of other great causes, and in some cases, even give in a 100% tax deductible way!

Charity Gift Cards
Giving charity gift cards a great way to do just that. Charity gift cards allow donations you make to be given to a charity of the card recipient's choice.

Whether you are buying gifts for family, friends, neighbors, customers or business associates, everyone wins!
o You give a meaningful, eco-friendly, tax-deductible gift
o The recipient gets to choose a charitable cause they care about.
o The charity gets much-needed funds to further their causes.
Visit The Gift That Gives now! 

What are you giving this year? Have you heard about Good Cards?
Are you giving gifts that reflect your passion for giving? Why not give your family, and friends the gift that shows them that giving to worthy causes feels great and has impact. The Good Card is a gift card with stored value that can be redeemed as a donation to any of more than 1.8 million charities, and it's a gift that reflects your passion for positive impact. Visit the Network for Good now to get started!

Don't Forget Our Troops
"OP-eration Caffeinated Troops" is still in full swing and Organic Coffee will not stop sending coffee until all of our soldiers have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. Cash donations are accepted in increments of $5.00. When you donate $15.00 or more, you'll also receive a sample of Organic Planet Coffee and Tea, as a token of Organic Coffee's appreciation. AND, they will be happy to include a personal note to the troops and let them know you are thinking of them.

For details visit: Coffee 4 Our Troops

Give the Gift of Green
Founded in 1875, American Forests is a world leader in planting trees for environmental restoration, a pioneer in the science and practice of urban forestry, and a primary communicator of the benefits of trees and forests.
 
American Forests' efforts to plant and preserve trees and forests are far-reaching and impact communities throughout the United States. You can find a complete listing of programs at www.americanforests.org.

American Forests is offering GIVE Style gift cards, the simple way to buy a gift you know they'll love. GIVE Style gift cards put the nation's premiere retailers at their fingertips. Available in denominations ranging from $20 to $500, GIVE Style gift cards can be used at over a million merchants nationwide. It's a gift choice that both giver and receiver will love. A portion of the fee ($.70) for each GIVE Green Gift Card sold will be donated to American Forests. Contributions will be made on a regular basis, based directly on the number of GIVE Green Gift Cards sold, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $100,000.

GoodShop Gives to Your Cause
GoodSearch is a search engine which donates 50% of its revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users. It's a simple and compelling concept. You use GoodSearch exactly as you would any other search engine. Because it's powered by Yahoo!, you get proven search results. The money GoodSearch donates to your cause comes from its advertisers — the users and the organizations do not spend a dime!

In 2007, GoodSearch was expanded to include GoodShop, an online shopping mall of world-class merchants dedicated to helping fund worthy causes across the country. Each purchase made via the GoodShop mall results in a donation to the user's designated charity or school – averaging approximately 3% of the sale, but going up to 20% or even more. Use GoodSearch and GoodShop this year to help your favorite organizations that support the environment, conservation, species preservation and animal welfare.

Go Green with MyBoneYard Recycling and Support the USO!
The USO is teaming up with MyBoneYard Recycling to help the environment and support our troops in just a few simple steps! MyBoneYard™ helps people like you recycle electronic devices such as cell phones and laptops in a smart, responsible and eco-friendly way. MyBoneYard is the Simple, Safe and Smart way to recycle your old electronics. When you recycle through the USO/MyBoneYard site, ALL proceeds go to benefit the USO! To find out more,  please visit http://uso.myboneyard.com/.

Give Something Back When You Get Rid of Those Unwanted DVDs
Putting something back in circulation is better than hoarding it or tossing it into a hole somewhere. When someone buys a used copy, it cuts down on the new copies that need to be made by one. When 1,000 people do it, it cuts down on the new copies by 1,000. In order for people to buy used, someone has to sell used. Get it?

1. Call ahead and ask if you have to remove the cellophane before you try and trade in your DVDs for store credit.

2. Donate Your DVDs to Libraries
You can donate your DVDs to libraries and get a tax credit.

3. Donate to Videos for Voices
Donate your unwanted to DVDs to Videos for Voices. This organization helps children with apraxia, a motor-planning speech disorder. You can get a little tax credit for your good deed.

4. DVDs for Soldiers
Donate your old DVDs to veterans. Or you can donate to Operation Showtime and support the troops still in the service. The choice is yours. Please be kind to the troops and send them watchable movies.

5. Goodwill
You can donate DVDs to your local Goodwill and get the tax credit.
 
Sources: USO
Planet Green