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What could a charity do with your mani-pedi?

W(x6) A mani-pedi at a nail salon, $50 Household emergency kits for six families containing pots, pans, cups, plates, soap, toothbrushes, toilet paper and clothing from Oxfam Canada %3D =CCCCCCCCCCCCO Enough food to feed a family of four for a week through the Calgary Food Bank The Tudors: Royal Collection box set on DVD, $120 GIVING UP TO GIVE Before you leave work, you delete those guilt-inducing e-mail pleas for donations. As you head home, you're accosted by a fleece-vest-dlad canvasser for an environmental NGO and rebuff his pitch. When you pick up a bottle of wine for dinner, you decline the cashier's suggestion that you donate $2 to the local hospital. Hey, you're on a budget. How much can you really afford to give? Canadi- %3D Citizens of Humanity men's jeans, $250 A care package for families moving out of shelter into a new home from ans' annual donations to charity Red Door Family Shelter, Toronto An afternoon snowboarding lesson, $100 A sheep from CARE Canada, which can produce offspring that can be sold for income O = /} climbed steadily for years, but in 2007, they settled in at $250 and haven't budged since. The bulk of your income may go to mortgage, car and food-related expenses but there's probably plenty of discretionary spending happening too. If you want to donate more, doing so is as simple as swapping out a "want" purchase for a "need" for someone else. If you gave up a personal indulgence, what charitable gift could you give?* A crib mattress at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children for newborns under observation An Apple iPhone 4, $500 A local water pump from Unicef A woman's leather coat, $400 * some of the amounts have been rounded. BY DAKSHANA BASCARAMURTY, GRAPHIC BY TRISH MCALASTER/ THE GLOBE AND MAIL A bed for a homeless teen to sleep on for one night in Toronto through Youth Without Shelter A week's worth of grande lattes from Starbucks, $25 A mango tree from Plan Canada for income Admission to a film, $12 IT T TT T T A Barbie Jam Rock Star Guitar, $40 A vaccine pack from Unicef containing 73 polio vaccines, 73 tetanus vaccines and 83 measles vaccines

What could a charity do with your mani-pedi?

shared by kcatoto on Jan 31
Giving up to give to charitable institutions won't hurt much. As shown in this infographic, how much we spent on material things and how equivalent it is to charity. Take a closer look and think twice...


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