Spend a Couple Minutes »The One Fund, The Blood Center of Central Texas, The Red Cross

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Obviously some horrific and heartbreaking tragedies have occurred in the last weeks. It leaves us, surely, wondering how we can help.

To donate to The One Fund, which goes directly to the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing, text BOSTON to 80108.

To help victims of the Texas explosion, you can donate to The Blood Center of Central Texas here.

You can always donate to The Red Cross by texting REDCROSS to 90999 and give blood year round.

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Posted on April 21, 2013

Spend a Couple Minutes »NY Cares Winter Wishes


Winter Wishes is one of the most fulfilling ways you can give this season. Sign up now to be a Santa for a local child in need. You will receive a letter from them and are asked to buy what you can from their wish list.

Last time we got a heart warming thank you from Senia.

It’s a great cause that makes direct connections to kids in need.

Sign up now!

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Posted on November 21, 2011

Spend a Couple Minutes »Text REDCROSS to 90999

Easy Way to Donate $10

The images are heartbreaking, the tragedy of the earthquake and tsunami, unfathomable. The least we can do is donate to The Red Cross.

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Posted on March 13, 2011

Spend a Couple Minutes »Donate Money to Haiti’s Earthquake Disaster Relief

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If you’ve seen any photos of the tragedy unfolding in Haiti you’ve undoubtedly been moved to want to help. Fortunately, groups like Red Cross and Yele have made it simple to do so. Simply text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts or YELE to 501501 to donate $5 to Singer Wyclef Jean’s Earthquake fund.  Unicef is also requesting donations and can be contacted online or at 1-800-4UNICEF.

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Posted on January 17, 2010

Spend a Couple Minutes »The Salvation Army on Bedford (Worst Way to Spend a Couple Minutes)

Salvation Army on Bedford AveThe organization itself is a grand one – both for the people it helps and the affordable treasures one can find there. However, the particular location right off the Bedford Avenue L train leaves something to be desired. I donated bags and bags full of clothing and books when we moved to our new apartment, but a more recent incident leads me to want to admonish anyone considering making a purchase from this particular branch.

It was a crisp autumn evening and it was unusual to see so many people crowded outside the front window of the shuttered shop. Curious as to what they were looking at, we wedged ourselves in to have a look. What did we see? A huge pack of huge rats rummaging through a pile of clothes pressed up against the other side of the glass. It was some serious Stephen King stuff and still makes me shiver to think of it.

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Posted on November 9, 2009

Spend a Couple Hours »Take Care of New York’s Trees

Help New Yorks trees! All it takes is your time and hard work. Jim and I spent the morning digging out bricks and bad soil and filling in the area with mineral rich top soil and lobster compost – both bought at the friendly Sprout down on Kent.

The kindness of strangers really came in to play with the project. Some neighbors offered their help in moving big bricks, others offered gloves and to take our bricks away.

Our work is still not done. Next we are getting tree guards installed – there are several iron workers locally that can do the job – and then we plan to plant some perennial ivy.

It's all to help our sidewalk tree thrive in an environment that usually ends up covered in trash.

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Posted on August 17, 2009

Web Sites »A Million Trees

A Million Trees is the perfect group to get behind this Arbor Day and really any day that you feel like making this city a better place. They have one goal:

To plant and care for one million new trees across the City's five boroughs over the next decade. By planting one million trees, New York City can increase its urban forest—our most valuable environmental asset made up of street trees, park trees, and trees on public, private and commercial land—by an astounding 20%, while achieving the many quality-of-life benefits that come with planting trees.

There's also an LA branch.

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Posted on April 20, 2009