So, keep it simple: help.
Make an investment in humanity today, whether your capacity to give is $10 or $10,000. Find something that matters to you – music, pets, clean water, children, public radio, endangered birds, meals-on-wheels, medical assistance, cancer research, schools – and put your money toward the change you want to see in the world. Support as many different things that you care about as you can; you don’t have to pick only one. Charity Navigator, Guidestar, and the Giving Tuesday website can help you find nonprofits right in your neighborhood.
And yes, I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask directly: You can help vulnerable families break the cycle of violence and abuse with a gift to The Exchange Club Family Center. Better yet, if you’re in Memphis come by for a visit. I’d love to show you around.
As my friend Lisa used to remind me, every holiday season when the blood supply was empty (again) and I was worn out from being on constant appeal: