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3 Ways to Pay It Forward This Holiday Season

Last year, one man paid for more than 8,000 toys that had been put on layaway at a New Jersey toy store. His goal? To give back to the community that had given him so much.

Here are three ways you, too, can pay it forward this holiday season:
  • Make it automatic. Head to AmazonSmile to support a charitable organization every time you shop at Amazon—at no extra cost to you. Choose from over a million charities, such as The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, or Ocean Conservancy.
  • Give gifts that give back. Be a conscious consumer by choosing gifts that give back to charity. By purchasing hand-poured soy candles from the Starling Project, for example, you'll be helping provide solar energy to communities in need around the world. Other presents that'll simultaneously present some goodwill: Hand in Hand soap bars, Lula's Garden succulent garden gift boxes, and S'well reusable water bottles.
  • Save a life. Blood donations typically decline during the holidays, but patients' needs remain steady. Contact the Red Cross to give a lifesaving gift this season. You may even get a gift for yourself, as many blood banks offer gift cards, game tickets, and other incentives for donations.

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