Some Good Causes
Also, be sure to tip your mail carrier for the Holidays—hard job—don’t take your mail carrier for granted!
Your local public library is always a great choice. Collection materials, programming--especially youth and childhood literacy initiatives. Community centers are always grateful for one's time and assistance in any of their honorable endeavors. Thank you, David.
Love that you did this, thank you. The organization my family supports most is the Southern Environmental Law Center, they do incredible work across the south protecting a variety of habitats. Their work is especially important in the face of many governors and state legislatures which think the environment is for pillaging by their cronies rather than the enjoyment of all. And I definitely mean that in a non-partisan way, there are plenty of environmental miscreants on both sides of the aisle.
Thanks, David. Love this. So much to be grateful for. Fellow fly fishermen, please consider supporting Captains for Clean Water. Hurricane Ian devastated much of our treasured tarpon, snook, and redfish fisheries in SW Florida, as well as the communities that surround them. Smart solutions to preserving this resource have never been more needed.
Thanks for the tips (no pun intended), David! I'm always afraid that I'll give too little and be branded an ingrate. We also typically tip our mail carrier, UPS/FedEx/DHL drivers, and trash/recycling crews.
David, what a great post. I loved reading your perspective on this.
I’ve found that a low-key great gift idea—especially when you don’t know what to get someone—can be to make a donation in their name to an organization they support.
Obviously you have to know the person and the things they care about well enough to pull this off. But if you do, it’s almost always a much appreciated gesture. And way more personal than a gift card.
Love the mention of giving time and skills in place of, or addition to, monetary donations!
For donations I’d suggest the local food bank and any organization that offers help for those struggling with addiction. Happy Thanksgiving, and thanks for the great content on The Contender and Central Division.
Thanks, David! I typically drop off Christmas Ale and whiskey to my local bike shop wrench and my cobbler, respectively. Both artfully keeping my treads grounded to these Philly mean streets. Cheers!
Thanks for answering my question, that is super helpful. Definitely using the whiskey idea for my barber and the tip in the envelope for my favorite bartender. As for donations, I highly recommend that anyone donate to local county fairs if you are in a rural environment. I also would be remised to not include Reece’s Rainbow which focuses their funds towards children with intellectual disabilities in the foster care/adoption systems as well as Down Syndrome International which helps provide down syndrome youth and adults with training to help them learn life skills to become more self sufficient. I’d love to hear what other organizations people in the chat like to contribute to!
There are so many worthy causes, but I appreciate your thoughts on donating to a conservation organization like Trout Unlimited. Another worthy conservation organization is the St. Paul-based Pheasants Forever which does a wonderful job acquiring and conserving huge parcels of land not only for hunting but also natural habitat including for important pollinators. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.