In caveman days, if you wanted to give someone something, it usually meant you had to go outside. Back then, being outdoors had about a 10% survival rate, so giving was reserved mostly for daredevils and idiots. During the dark ages, the only giving going on was of the bacterial kind, so the whole endeavor was generally pooh-poohed. In the eighties, giving was replaced by trickling down, and most people forgot how to do it altogether. Thanks to the Internet, not only is it better to give than receive, nowadays, it’s almost as easy. Because Christmas is all about giving, we’ve listed a bunch of charities you can donate to from the comfort of your computer.
By all means, this isn’t a comprehensive list. There are hundreds of charities in the area that would benefit greatly from your help, and if you don’t see a particular one that you are passionate about here, please leave a link in the comments. All the places below do great work and you can donate to them online. You can also learn about volunteerism opportunities and other ways to help.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 25, 2011