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Ask Amy: Those that have, should give

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Academy of American Poets ( The U.S. poet laureate, Joy Harjo writes, “Without poetry, we lose our way.” The pandemic has carried many people toward poetry. This organization supports poets and readers, offering its popular “Poem a Day.”

Supporting Servicemembers and their Families:

Homes for Our Troops ( The work of building and adapting homes for disabled veterans continues with one of my favorite organizations.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors ( Provides peer support, seminars, and online and in-person support for military families struggling through loss, including running “grief camps” for children. A donation can provide a backpack to a TAPS kid attending camp, sponsor a customized care package for a newly bereaved widow, or provide emergency financial assistance for a struggling military family.

Habitat for Humanity ( This wonderful organization has now opened locally owned “ReStores.” Sales of donated items help Habitat partner with local families to build, rehabilitate and repair safe and affordable homes in your community.



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