Charity

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Hacking Holiday Shopping to Spread More Good

One of my favorite things about the holidays is when people use it as an opportunity to give back. Of course, we all know that giving back shouldn’t be a seasonal activity as need lives on around the year, but we all get busy and sometimes need a reminder to look up and do something for someone else. The ‘season of giving’ can serve as that cue. Luckily for us in this hobby, we can give even more effectively than…

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Help Get Supplies Directly to Puerto Rico

The number of recent hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, and more is simply hard to comprehend. It can feel overwhelming. It is overwhelming. However, people can overcome almost anything if they work together and look for solutions, and that is exactly what is happening with a group of AV Geeks turned relief workers in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Right after the storm, a small group of folks in the US “chartered a small, elderly prop plane with a goal of raising $10,000 and…

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Spending a Day at the United In-Flight Training Center

If you love airplanes, airports, and all things #avgeek there are some cool events you need to tune your radars for in the future. One group that hosts some really great events in conjunction with United is the Frequent Flyer Giving (FFG) crew. FFG is a nonprofit group that raises money for the United We Care Employee Relief Fund while at the same time having a fantastic time at some pretty unique United events.   They have flown the island-hopper to…

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Help Others, Earn Airline Miles

Most of us who share this miles and points hobby are very blessed to be able to experience this nation and this world in ways that others couldn’t even dream of. I know that lots of people who love to travel are also very generous and love to lend a hand to others in need. There is always need, and right now is no exception with the impact of Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean and the southeastern United States. In case…

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What If You Carried a Baby for Hundreds of Miles…

As the mom of a young baby I’ll admit that my mind battles a bit against thinking through “worst case scenarios” for her. I have to push those sometimes terrifying images of dangerous things that can happen out of my mind, while at the same time learning from those thoughts if they are in some way warning me of potential hazards for her. When I hear of a ferry sinking somewhere in the world I think about what it would…

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Earn Miles for Nepal Earthquake Donations

I’m sure you have seen images of the devastation in Nepal as a result of the recent earthquake.  As the death toll creeps toward a staggering 4,000, it is clear that area is going to need substantial support from the global community.  From here Nepal can seem like a very far away and distant location, but those of us fortunate enough to travel regularly know that nowhere in the world is really as “far away” or removed as it may…

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Help a Family, Donate Airline Miles to Make-A-Wish Foundation

I come from a social work background, and started out my experience as a parent by staying for free at the Ronald McDonald House with a baby in the NICU at the nearby hospital, so it should be no surprise that I have a pretty soft spot for helping kids, especially those who are facing some pretty serious illnesses. So, when I got an email today from a Mommy Points’ reader about drumming up some awareness for the Make-A-Wish Foundation…

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Save a Dog’s Life While on Vacation in Kauai

Outside of travel, one of my personal passions is dog rescue.  These days I don’t get to support the rescue effort as a foster home near as much as I used to thanks to having a young kid and a 14+ year old rescued grumpy husky in the house, but I try to use my wallet to support the efforts as much as I can. I also love to look for unique ways to combine travel and dog rescue, and…

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Icy Water, Cold Hard Cash for Charity

You’ve seen it 1,000 times by now in your various social media news feeds…the now famous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  The last thing the world needs is another person being videoed dumping ice on their head, right?  Well, perhaps, but the world does absolutely need more people taking a step away from their life for a brief moment and doing something to help someone else.  If a little ice down the shirt helps increase awareness for a debilitating disease and…

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Donate for Typhoon Relief in the Philippines and Earn Miles

I’m sure most of you have seen some images from the devastating typhoon that recently hit the Philippines.  If you haven’t, the short story is that they really need help, and fast.  I know that is half a world away for those of us in the US, but for travelers, that is nothing more than a couple of plane rides.  For anyone who wants to help donate toward that disaster, there are now some offers out there to earn miles…

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