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Donations at Thanksgiving Time

November 22, 2015

It has become my custom and practice to make certain annual charitable donations at Thanksgiving time.

I do this for two reasons:

1. I believe in using my funds charitably to honor friends, family, and business associates, in lieu of sending commercial holiday greeting cards that end up in the recycling bin; and

2. I believe in Social Justice and our own personal responsibility “to repair the world” [Tikkun Olam].

This year, because there is so much hate, bigotry, violence and terrorism in the news, and always in Israel, I have made one such donation to the American Friends of Magen David Adom which helps save lives in Israel.

See, http://www.afmda.org/our-work/what-your-gift-supports/

In addition, and because there is always hunger in the land of plenty, I have made another donation to the JFS/SOVA Community Food & Resource Program.  As stated on its website:

“‘SOVA’ is a Hebrew word that means ‘eat and be satisfied.’ [¶] Much more than a food pantry, JFS { SOVA provides free groceries and an array of supportive services to over 12,000 individuals of all ages, ethnicities and religions each month [locally].”

See, http://www.jfsla.org/sova

To me, it is not a choice whether or not to give at this time; it is only a choice of where to give and how much.

I encourage you, too, to take responsibility for such social action and to join me in making your charitable donation(s) at this time [so far as you can do so] – to whomever and in whatever amount – and join me in repairing the world.

As the good book says: “Whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world,” or something like that.

The best of the holiday season to each and all of us.

David I. Karp is a full time independent mediator of real estate and business disputes in Southern Californian. His business website is at http://karpmediation.com .

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2 Comments
  1. Paul M Stafford permalink

    The world at this time more than ever perhaps seems in need of repair for sure. However, keeping the giving somewhat closer to home I shall be making donations to assist the hungry and also to support the American Cancer Society.
    My best to you and yours for the holidays….

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