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2017 Donations in Your Honor In Lieu of Commercial Holiday Cards

November 12, 2017

Always in lieu of spending the money on commercial holiday greeting cards that people throw away, I like to make donations at this time of year, usually shortly before Thanksgiving for these purposes:

• To honor friends, family, and business colleagues, to express my gratitude for our relationships with one another, and also

• To fulfill my commitment to Social Action, that is, to help repair the world (Tikkun Olam).

With these goals in mind, this year’s donations have been made:

1. To ADL (Anti-Defamation League) to support its efforts to “oppose defamation, confront extremism and promote a positive agenda of inclusion, respect and the celebration of democratic ideals.” More about this at https://www.adl.org/ways-to-give .

2. To the JFS { SOVA Thanksgiving Virtual Food Drive – JFS { SOVA is the Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles’ Community Food and Resource Program – to help provide turkey, stuffing, gravy, and abundant quantities of fresh produce to families in need. More about this at: https://www.jfsla.org/sovathanksgiving?srctid=1&erid=1179777&trid=a1d07ae7-cbf1-48cd-a309-09fec7d3de60

As I have written before (see, https://karpmediation.wordpress.com/2015/11/22/donations-at-thanksgiving-time/ ), it is not a choice for me as to 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 to 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 California. His business website is at http://karpmediation.com .

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