Monday, March 06, 2006

America's Resolutions For 2006 By Nick Rusha

Well, it’s finally 2006! I can barely comprehend that another year has passed us by. I can still remember all the hype that led up to Y2K (the year 2000 for anyone who has so quickly forgotten): people storing non-perishable goods in their basements; buying flash lights, water filters, and battery powered generators ; and still other people building bomb shelters for themselves and their loved one. And all for what? The answer is right their in front of you, just think back 6 years! Give yourself a few minutes to remember it and then continue on reading this article.

By now, I’m sure everyone reading this article is positive they have the correct answer to why people were in such a frenzy over Y2K… Well, if you haven’t guessed it, the answer surely is self protection and individual preservation! Well, it is 2006 now and we as Americans have come along way since 2000 and the hysteria of Y2K. We have suffered the first foreign attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor, which took place on September 11th, 2001. We have watched the stock market bubble burst, real estate soar to unprecedented highs, and one of America’s brand names go belly up. As Americans, we have watched our brothers and siters chased out of their homes by turbulent weather patterns, and witnessed whole state underwater and in disarray. In only 6 years we have seen men and women in our Armed Forces sent over sees as peace keepers to the Balkans, Africa, and the Middle East. We have witnessed the deaths of nearly 3000 of our soldiers in the past year and a half alone. But as always, we will rebuild, we will come together a stronger nation, and we will continue to prosper.

Now it’s a new year, it’s a new time to rethink our values and our old ways and help shape a better and brighter future. We need to take a more proactive approach to our communities and to the large community we call the United States as a whole. We, as Americans, have become used to always reacting to events after seeing the destruction they cause. Today is a new day, and today it is time to grab the bull by its horns. We need to strengthen America so that we can deal with whatever nature has in store for us, and whatever the cards the world deals to us. Even if we are dealt a jack high hand, when our cards are flipped, we will have a straight flush showing! We can achieve a well connected and cohesive America, starting simply by each and every one of us doing all or some of the steps listed below. American can be stronger today and remain stronger for tomorrow. So with out further adieu, here are the 2006 New Year’s resolutions for all Americans!

1. When you step out of your house in the morning on your way to work or to pick up the newspaper, take the time and make the effort to talk to your neighbors. You have to live next to them so might as well enjoy their company!
2. When you see trash on the street in and around your neighborhood, stop for a moment, pick it up and throw it in a garbage can. The streets are a part of who we are! So keeping them clean is a must.
3. Read up on one American hero from anytime period. Someone whom you have always been interested in. A biography, a website, a magazine article, anything. Just to gain an appreciation of one: reading, and: two American sacrifices. Pass on the knowledge to your spouse, friends, children, anyone, don’t just keep it to yourself!
4. Take at least one vacation this year. We all need time to unwind and rejuvenate our mind body and soul!
5. Ask yourself this question, “Am I happy where I am?” If your answer is yes, then keep doing what you’re doing. If your answer is no, then pick yourself up by the boot straps and get where your going! I get tired of seeing everyone so miserable!
6. Make a donation to a worthwhile American charity which you think does good work. Come on, this one is beneficial economically as well, seeing how most charities are tax deducible!
7. Subscribe to one of our nations newspapers. There is a ton of useful information in them. I promise!
8. Invite a few of your neighbors over to watch the upcoming Super bowl. Even though it is no secret the New England Patriots are destined to win another Championship, it will bring your community together!
9. Choose one stock which you believe personifies American entrepreneurship and invest an amount of money it. Just enough to keep you interested in the wheelings and dealings of the company! I hear tech stocks a making a comeback!

10. Write a letter to your local, state, or federal representative expressing your views about what you believe needs to be accomplished in 2006. It easy to sit back and complain that the country is going in the wrong direction, but maybe getting involved with help change things!
The strength we need we will find in ourselves and in everyone around us: friends, family alike!
Happy New Year America!

Nick Ruhsa along with a group of other young Americans runs an advertisers board with message board, Advertise for the Troops, which allows advertisers to post a messages supporting the men and women in United States Armed Forces. Advertise For The Troops is a positive advertising campaign targeting the private sector to become more active in the unity of the United States behind our troops. His site can be found at http://www.advertiseforthetroops.com/

America's Resolutions For 2006 By Nick Rusha

Well, it’s finally 2006! I can barely comprehend that another year has passed us by. I can still remember all the hype that led up to Y2K (the year 2000 for anyone who has so quickly forgotten): people storing non-perishable goods in their basements; buying flash lights, water filters, and battery powered generators ; and still other people building bomb shelters for themselves and their loved one. And all for what? The answer is right their in front of you, just think back 6 years! Give yourself a few minutes to remember it and then continue on reading this article.

By now, I’m sure everyone reading this article is positive they have the correct answer to why people were in such a frenzy over Y2K… Well, if you haven’t guessed it, the answer surely is self protection and individual preservation! Well, it is 2006 now and we as Americans have come along way since 2000 and the hysteria of Y2K. We have suffered the first foreign attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor, which took place on September 11th, 2001. We have watched the stock market bubble burst, real estate soar to unprecedented highs, and one of America’s brand names go belly up. As Americans, we have watched our brothers and siters chased out of their homes by turbulent weather patterns, and witnessed whole state underwater and in disarray. In only 6 years we have seen men and women in our Armed Forces sent over sees as peace keepers to the Balkans, Africa, and the Middle East. We have witnessed the deaths of nearly 3000 of our soldiers in the past year and a half alone. But as always, we will rebuild, we will come together a stronger nation, and we will continue to prosper.

Now it’s a new year, it’s a new time to rethink our values and our old ways and help shape a better and brighter future. We need to take a more proactive approach to our communities and to the large community we call the United States as a whole. We, as Americans, have become used to always reacting to events after seeing the destruction they cause. Today is a new day, and today it is time to grab the bull by its horns. We need to strengthen America so that we can deal with whatever nature has in store for us, and whatever the cards the world deals to us. Even if we are dealt a jack high hand, when our cards are flipped, we will have a straight flush showing! We can achieve a well connected and cohesive America, starting simply by each and every one of us doing all or some of the steps listed below. American can be stronger today and remain stronger for tomorrow. So with out further adieu, here are the 2006 New Year’s resolutions for all Americans!

1. When you step out of your house in the morning on your way to work or to pick up the newspaper, take the time and make the effort to talk to your neighbors. You have to live next to them so might as well enjoy their company!
2. When you see trash on the street in and around your neighborhood, stop for a moment, pick it up and throw it in a garbage can. The streets are a part of who we are! So keeping them clean is a must.
3. Read up on one American hero from anytime period. Someone whom you have always been interested in. A biography, a website, a magazine article, anything. Just to gain an appreciation of one: reading, and: two American sacrifices. Pass on the knowledge to your spouse, friends, children, anyone, don’t just keep it to yourself!
4. Take at least one vacation this year. We all need time to unwind and rejuvenate our mind body and soul!
5. Ask yourself this question, “Am I happy where I am?” If your answer is yes, then keep doing what you’re doing. If your answer is no, then pick yourself up by the boot straps and get where your going! I get tired of seeing everyone so miserable!
6. Make a donation to a worthwhile American charity which you think does good work. Come on, this one is beneficial economically as well, seeing how most charities are tax deducible!
7. Subscribe to one of our nations newspapers. There is a ton of useful information in them. I promise!
8. Invite a few of your neighbors over to watch the upcoming Super bowl. Even though it is no secret the New England Patriots are destined to win another Championship, it will bring your community together!
9. Choose one stock which you believe personifies American entrepreneurship and invest an amount of money it. Just enough to keep you interested in the wheelings and dealings of the company! I hear tech stocks a making a comeback!

10. Write a letter to your local, state, or federal representative expressing your views about what you believe needs to be accomplished in 2006. It easy to sit back and complain that the country is going in the wrong direction, but maybe getting involved with help change things!
The strength we need we will find in ourselves and in everyone around us: friends, family alike!
Happy New Year America!

Nick Ruhsa along with a group of other young Americans runs an advertisers board with message board, Advertise for the Troops, which allows advertisers to post a messages supporting the men and women in United States Armed Forces. Advertise For The Troops is a positive advertising campaign targeting the private sector to become more active in the unity of the United States behind our troops. His site can be found at http://www.advertiseforthetroops.com

Car Donation Facts For You By Christopher Luck

Here I found an article about how to donate your car for a charity.

Donating money and good is a great way to help out worthy causes while still helping yourself out on your taxes. Car donation is no different. Even though some of the car donation tax laws changed a few years back, this is still a great way to help yourself and others. So if you have an old car and just aren’t quite sure what to do with it, then consider a charitable donation of your vehicle.

As of 2005, the laws for car donation changed. For motor vehicles, boats, and airplanes that are valued at more than $500, things are a bit different than before. The allowable amount of the deduction is now limited to whatever amount the charity sells it for. The charity to which your car donation is made is required to provide you with written acknowledgement of your donation within 30 days of you making it. If the charity provides any false or exaggerated acknowledgement, they can be penalized.

As of the first of January in 2005, when you make a car donation, the tax write off is based on how the charity uses your donated car. If it is sold, you can deduct the gross sale price. If, on the other hand, the charity uses the car for what the new law calls “significant” tax-approved work of charity, you would be able to claim the market value of the vehicle. Again, however, there are stiff penalties for falsified documents.

Some of the charities, despite acknowledging that the old laws had problems, are skeptical of the new car donation laws. Many of these organizations are concerned about what will happen when the tax deduction responsibility is put in the hands of the charities rather than the donors. A group of them actually sent a letter to the Treasury Secretary suggesting that people may be discouraged from donating when they are unaware of their deduction amount. Not being able to weigh the cost to the benefit of donation may discourage some auto donations.

If you do choose to make a car donation, you will find that the process is very easy. Most charities that offer to take your vehicle will have information on line or via phone about it. In many cases, in fact, you can fill out the appropriate forms on line to get the process underway. You also will likely not even have to be home and the vehicle may not even need to be in working condition. Many charities will come and toe your car away if you can simply leave the title under a floor mat along with the key and put it somewhere accessible. As soon as the car is sold, you will receive a document in the mail letting you know how much you can write off of your taxes, legally.

Since many charities rely on donations of all sorts: clothing, cars, money, and even appliances, think about what you are doing when you make an auto donation. By donating your vehicle, you are helping out a worthy cause of your choice. In addition, you are helping yourself out. Sure, the tax laws have changed, but you can still benefit from your donation. The car doesn’t have to run to be eligible, so your write off might still be more than selling it for junk. So feel good about yourself, help your tax line, and get rid of that old junker by donating your car.

Christopher M. Luck has an extensive background in dealing exclusively with car donations companies and is now offering his free professional car donation secrets to the public. If you are at all interested in Christopher's professional advice, tips, or secrets on car donation you can visit his automotive blog.

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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Make a Difference and Reap the Benefits of Your Car Donation by Chris Robertson

Check the benedits of giving your car to charity.

When you contemplate buying a car (whether it's previously owned or new), you're faced with the decision of what to do with your old car. Often, trading it in means receiving only a fraction of its value. Selling it through an ad in the newspaper or online is a hassle. Not only do you have to pay for the advertisement, but you also have to endure questions from potential buyers and make yourself available to people who want to view the car or take it for a test drive. In addition, you assume financial risks, in that the buyer may present you with, for example, a fraudulent check.

Increasingly, car owners are choosing to donate their older cars to charity. The process involved in a car donation is straightforward, and gives the car owner the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping those in need. Often, the tax benefit afforded the car owner as the result of an auto donation exceeds the benefit of the outright sale of the vehicle.

A variety of charities are embracing car donation as a way to support the important and valuable work they do to help adults and children who are less fortunate. Many charities have seen donations fall off, as donors instead have contributed to disaster relief, such as efforts triggered by the tsunami in Asia or by Hurricane Katrina. When you donate your car to charity, you are providing worthy organizations with much-needed support.

Many of these organizations provide services internationally to people in need. Often, a car donation can go far in helping those who are most in need. You can be sure that your auto donation has a significant impact when it is used to help the over three billion people in the world who live on a meager $2 per day.

Your car donation can help a cause you care about and help you reap the tax benefits of auto donation. Whether your car is barely used or barely runs, you can still help those in need and list the contribution on your tax return. Although you should check with your tax preparer, you can typically deduct the full amount that the charity receives for your car or $500, whichever is more.

When you decide to donate your car, the process is easy. For example, 'Donate Car for Charity' lists five simple steps you can take to make a difference in the lives of those who need the services that charities can provide. In essence, they will help you determine the value of your car donation, and all you have to do is complete an auto donation form, provide the vehicle title, and arrange for your car to be picked up at no charge. Then, you can reap the tax benefit from your car donation, and feel the satisfaction that comes with knowing that you have made a difference in the lives of others.

Chris Robertson is an author of Majon International, one of the worlds MOST popular internet marketing companies on the web. Visit this Automotive Website and Majon's Automotive directory.

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Charity - Give To Receive! by Ashley Mettaroy

We all know the truism that “charity begins at home.” Does it? And what is charity about, anyway? Is it just a square on a Monopoly game to you or is it a regular practice of giving from your abundance to those in need?

My American Heritage dictionary has 5 definitions of charity. The first two are about giving to the poor. The third is “an act or feeling of benevolence.” The fourth is “forbearance in judging others.” The last has two parts: “the benevolence of God toward man” and “the love of man for his fellow men.”

I think they have them backwards. Don’t you?

Wouldn’t it be the love of God and our love for our fellow humans that comes first and inspires all of the others? How could we have any of the others at all without these two? God’s love for us is the role model. We learn from God’s unconditional love to give that same love to others.

Only when we remember how richly we have received from Spirit can we have any feeling of benevolence, right? And from that feeling of benevolence or charity, don’t we often take action? We give. That giving is not necessarily to those who are poor in the realm of material things. It can also be giving to those who are feeling in poor health or who are somehow feeling spiritually impoverished.

We may not think we have enough for ourselves and so we are reluctant to give to charity or act from the feeling of charity in our hearts. Is that true? No. Almost everyone has something they can spare.

Mother Teresa has been quoted as saying that Americans think there is poverty in India, but India does not have the kind of poverty we have in America. She said that in India, if a poor person had only one banana, they would give half their banana to another starving person. But in the US we have many bananas and we won’t even give one away.

Why don’t we take a really close look at what we have and what we can spare? Then we can find the charity in our hearts and give half of our banana to those who have no banana at all. Look around you closely. It could be your husband or your daughter or maybe your next-door neighbor who needs your gift of charity and love. Charity does begin at home.

About the author

Ashley Mettaroy is a ministerial student and social activist. She wants to help the world by equalizing the use of vital resources, so that everyone has enough. You can read more articles about charity at Charity Free

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Charity Begins at Home by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

I saw on this article a great point about charity and charity donations, it have to be more like a daily process than a one single act every year. So if you teach your children to contribute they will continue the tradition.

“Mom, we’ve got to have a family meeting. We need to vote. We have to give our charity money to the children. We have to send it right away.”

Those excited words were uttered by eight-year-old Madison Willow, who was moved to action by viewing the tragic outcomes resulting from the recent Asian tsunami. Madison, like millions of people from around the world, had been touched by the suffering, loss, and grief of the survivors she saw on TV. But unlike many of the people who extended heartfelt charity during this special time of extreme need, Madison has experienced a regular pattern of charity in her young life that has helped her view the process of giving as more than a crisis-oriented activity.

A family meeting was indeed called by Madison’s parents following her emotional outburst. It was convened to discuss the family charity jar that sits tucked away in the kitchen, hidden at the rear of the canned vegetable shelf.

“I know it’s not time to decide who gets our charity money, but this is an emergency,” Madison explained to her parents and two younger brothers. No one in the Willow family needed convincing. They had all seen the dramatic television images of leveled homes, overturned cars, and the search for missing persons. They had watched as mothers cried for their dead children, fathers sat in stunned silence, and children wandered aimlessly, looking for evidence of anything familiar. It took less than 10 minutes for the Willows to vote to send the 47 dollars and 58 cents they had accumulated to the Red Cross to help the survivors of the tsunami.

Robert and Tammy Willow believe that giving is important. They also believe that teaching their children about giving is equally important. That’s why they began the charity jar in the first place. That’s why it occupies an important place in their Sunday night ritual.

Each Sunday night during their family meeting, the Willows distribute allowances to their children. The youngsters are invited to contribute some of their allowance to the charity jar. If or how much they contribute is up to each individual. Robert and Tammy model the importance of giving by adding a portion of their own money each week.

When the contents of the jar exceed one hundred dollars, the family decides together on a charity to receive the money. One winter the Willow family bought gloves and donated them to the Salvation Army. On another occasion, they adopted a whale. In the past three years they’ve purchased a winter coat for the “Coats for Kids” program, obtained and wore Lance Armstrong cancer bracelets, and made a donation to a local retirement ranch for abused horses.

At this hastily called family summit, the Willows easily reached consensus on what to do with the charity money. But the unanimous decision to send the contents of the charity jar to the Red Cross did not end the learning experience for Madison and her brothers. They helped count the money. They watched as their mother wrote the check. Madison addressed the envelope. One of the boys added the stamp. The other licked the envelope. All went to the post office to place their contribution in the drop box. All prayed together as Mr. Willow asked that the money be used for the greater good of all concerned.

This time the Willows’ charity would be sent halfway around the world to people they would never see. It would be used in places they would never visit. It would affect lives in ways they would never know.

Yet giving has many dimensions, some obvious, some not. The Willow family gave the money for the benefit of others, but in the process they gave themselves a deep sense of satisfaction. They gave other people’s children hope while simultaneously giving their own children lessons on the importance of generosity and charity. They gave others an invitation to open their hearts while giving their children lessons on how to open their own. They helped their children experience first-hand the important concept that giving and receiving are one.

Charity, as demonstrated by the Willows, clearly begins at home.

Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller are the authors of The 10 Commitments: Parenting with Purpose (available from Personal Power Press at toll-free 877-360-1477, amazon.com, and bookstores everywhere). They also publish a FREE email newsletter for parents. Subscribe to it at ipp57@aol.com. Visit www.chickmoorman.com, www.thomashaller.com, and www.10commitments.net.

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Monday, February 27, 2006

5 Shortcuts to a Life of Charity by Copy for Sale

I found this article about how to live a life of charity, due to the theme of this blog I found it very interesting, please let me know what do you think about it.

Charity isn’t the easiest virtue to master. And with St. Paul’s warning that our good works mean nothing without charity, we see how important it is to practice. Here’s a few practical ways to install charity into every day life.

Give to people what they want, not what you think is best. We’ve all said it- “If I give him money, he’ll just spend it on alcohol or drugs.” Give your gifts unconditionally, and don’t worry about how someone else will use them. As long as there’s no evil in the gift itself, the way it’s used isn’t on your shoulders. Besides, most of us use this as an excuse to give nothing at all.

Pick out one thing every day to do something special for someone. Not something you already do. Something new and extra. And do it quietly. Mt:6:3:3 “But when thou dost alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth.”

Say five Hail Mary’s every day for someone you don’t like. Pray for their general well being…not for them to change or leave you alone. “Oh Lord, let this man see his evil ways, and turn to You” isn’t a charitable prayer at all.

Ask yourself before you go to bed if you’re holding any grudges. If you are, then stop. Charity is impossible without mercy. Push your anger towards someone to the back of your heart and let it suffocate. Don’t allow yourself to fantasize about revenge, and pray for them.

When you can’t feel it, fake it. Charity won’t always overwhelm you with feel good emotions. Sometimes doing the right thing is difficult. So put your feelings aside and forge ahead. If you have a hard time caring about someone, just treat them as you would want to be treated.

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