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Five Ways You Can Really Give, By Giving Back

Make this holiday season about living with Right Intention

‘Tis the season for giving! For most people that means buying lots of… stuff for the people they love. I won’t pretend I’m not a part of this group — I love the smile on my mother’s face when she opens a special gift from me. But, Five Pillars wants to remind everyone how easy it is to live with Right Intention this holiday season. This means broadening the scope of what it means to give, and sharing your generosity with new and deserving recipients.


We did some research, and here are the top five ways you can really give, by giving back, this holiday season!


Give Health

Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 10.33.33 AMAmani Global Works has a simple mission: to provide a sustainable healthcare system on Idjwi, an island in the Democratic Republic of Congo. You can help them “Care, Cure and Make Whole” with as little as five dollars, which will feed a malnourished child for a whole month. by taking a few minutes to visit their donation site. you can see just how far your gift will go.


Give Education

Women One is an international organization that has worked in Haiti, Kenya, Jordan, and even New York City to create education programs that are holistic, sustainable and impactful. Head to their donation page and sponsor a girl and her future, today.

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Give Warmth

Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 10.02.20 AMThere’s a creative and easy new way to help keep our city warm. We encourage you to hang your old jackets and coats on city lampposts, and leave a little note for the homeless people that might find them. Here’s the heart-warming story about the young woman in Portland who started this trend of giving in her city.


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One Michelle Obama’s favorite ways to give is through supporting Toys for Tots. And just like our inspiring First Lady, you can give the gift of joy to New York City children. Toys for Tots delivers new toys to hundreds of thousands of kids across the city, who otherwise would not experience this bit of holiday cheer.

Give Companionship

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City Meals on Wheels provides nutritious meals to nearly 20,000 homebound elderly New Yorkers every single day. Give these seniors the gift of Right Nutrition, as well as the company of the people who come by to drop off and prepare their meals. No one should have to spend the holidays alone.

Many people have reported feeling even greater joy at giving in this way than through traditional shopping and gift exchange. You don’t have to take our word for it, we love to back it all up with a little research. We encourage you to spread a little holiday cheer and abundance this way, and notice how you feel.