No doubt about it, 2011 has been tough: floods, wildfires, a long-standing war, and a cratered economy that has taken a toll on all of us. Our domestic needs are so immense, experts have even coined a term for that what-can-I-do feeling: compassion fatigue.
But the editors of PARADE believe Americans still want to help—if they know what needs to be done. That’s why this holiday season, we’re spotlighting some folks and causes that could use a boost. We tell you how $10 can keep a family warm; how to bring peace of mind to tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo.; even how to make an Olympic hopeful’s dreams come true. And if you’re short on cash but want to pitch in, we have a few ideas for you, too.
Americans’ needs won’t end when the holiday season is over, but we hope this puts us one step closer to making 2012 a better year for all of us.
Here's a quick alphabetical list of the charities we're spotlighting; most with a direct link to donate safely and securely through Network for Good . To learn more about the stories that inspired our picks, keep reading .
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