Doing Good Together November 2010 Newsletter


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Doing Good Together Newsletter
 Helping strengthen kids and communities through family volunteerism...


November 2010

Families are seeking holiday gift ideas that don't involve clicks, bits or batteries, and this month we share some of our favorites. With these gestures, you'll be helping your children understand what makes gift-giving meaningful.


In this season of giving thanks, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to all of you for your guidance, support, referrals and assistance over the past five years. If you live near the Twin Cities, we hope you will celebrate with us at our annual event on Nov. 12. Details are below.


Jenny Friedman, Executive Director

Give Hope Gifts
Make the Season Bright
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 Big-Hearted Gifts 

Make a Difference.....


These gifts can reflect your family's priorities and values-and make the recipient feel good, too!

  • Give to charity in someone's name. You might donate an animal or other items (from UNICEF, Oxfam or Save the Children) to a family in a developing country or provide
    Oxfam Collection
    Oxfam Collection
     teachers with needed supplies. Or check out the websites Just Give or Changing the Present for selfless ideas geared to your family's or your recipient's interests. 
  • Buy eco-friendly gifts. Give reusable shopping bags, a rain barrel, locally produced foods, free-trade coffee or environmentally friendly personal care products. 
  • Give gifts made by artisans in developing countries. Improve the livelihoods of families around the world by purchasing gifts from organizations such as Ten Thousand Villages or Nest
  • Give charity gift cards. These enable recipients to choose the charity they want to support, with you providing the funds! Order them from Just Give, Network for Good or Charity Gift Certificates.
  • Provide memberships to local attractions. Support local nonprofits like zoos, state parks, children's theaters, or museums by giving yearlong passes to the families on your list.
Make the Season Bright

Talk About It.....


Many families worry about gift giving getting out of hand at the holiday season. To avoid last-minute overspending, chat with your children about creating gift-giving traditions that matter.

  • What gifts have been your favorites? Why?
  • What makes a gift special? Do gifts always have to be things we buy at a store? What other kinds of gifts might you give?
  • Which gift (that you gave) were you most proud of? How do you think the recipient felt when s/he received it?
  •  Even though getting presents is fun, could you imagine it wouldn't be so special if you got too many?
  • What could our family do to make our gift giving more fun and meaningful this holiday?
    The Gift of Nothing

    The Gift of Nothing

     by Patrick McDonnell

    Learn About It.....

    A great picture book can help prompt conversations with your children about important issues. The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell.  (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009) is wonderful for inspiring a discussion about the power of friendship, appreciation for what we have, and the true meaning of gift giving.


You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. 

                                                                                                Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet


PLEASE JOIN US!                           
DGT Event
DGT Annual Event 2009 

You're heartily invited to Doing Good Together's 5th annual celebration on Friday, November 12, 6-9 pm, in Bloomington, Minnesota.

The event will feature wine, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, a live auction and our popular "big wall of wine" raffle. Although this is a fundraiser for Doing Good Together, no minimum donation will be requested.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to by November 10. Details and map are on our website!



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