December 8, 2009
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Online shopping can help alleviate the stress of sending holiday cards. There are many sites that allow you to browse hundreds of card designs and personalize them. Many will even mail them to your loved ones for you.
There are online stores who donate 10% of your card sales to the charity of your choice. You can now help those in need as well as send holiday cheer.
The following sites help charities for children with special needs:
Shutterfly gives you the choice of donating to five different charities including the Special Olympics.
Good Cause Greetings will donate to 23 different charities. Charities for children with special needs include:
- Brightside for Families and Children, "a non-profit, social service organization dedicated to strengthening, supporting and preserving all families and children in western Massachusetts."
- Starlight Children's Foundation "an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities."
- Youth Advocacy Program, Inc. an organization that works with individuals and organizations worldwide to ensure the basic rights of youth of all ages.
Shutterfly and Good Cause Greetings make it easy to personalize your cards with a few clicks of your mouse. Shutterfly also gives you the option of adding photos to your cards. For an additional fee, they will mail your personalized cards to your loved ones for you.
If you don't mind doing a little extra work, Cards That Give lists charity websites that offer holiday cards. You click on the particular charity site such as Autism Speaks or the "View holiday card" in the charity's section. You will then be redirected to the specific charity's website where you can purchase cards or other gift items.
By donating to the charity of your choice, you will help spread holiday cheer across the globe.
For more info: For other holiday gift ideas, please read This holiday season give books to families with special needs