In tonight's "What Would You Do?" episode, two of our actors portray little entrepreneurs who have a hot cocoa stand in Dearborn Market in Holmdel, N. J. Their sign says that the proceeds will go to children in need, but instead it's going into the pockets of these little swindlers. If you want to help real children in need, take a look at our list of suggested charities.
Save The Children: Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world what every child deserves -- a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm, especially when disaster strikes. In 2012, the top two issues that Save the Children helped the most were Emergencies and Health & Nutrition. For more information, visit their website HERE.
CEDARS -- Helping Kids in Crisis. Building Strong Families: For nearly seven decades, thousands of vulnerable children and youth have found safe refuge and a new beginning at CEDARS. CEDARS responds to both immediate and long-term needs in serving abused, neglected and homeless children and families in need of support. For more information, visit their website HERE.
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation: The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys each year and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Their primary goal is to deliver a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. For more information, visit their website HERE.
Family Giving Tree: The Family Giving Tree fulfills the exact holiday wish and provides backpacks filled with school supplies to those children in the most need in our communities while inspiring the values of kindness, philanthropy and volunteerism. In the 23rd year of the program's existence, the total number of gifts and backpacks donated had grown to over 900,000, making the Family Giving Tree the largest gift and backpack donation program in California. For more information, visit their website HERE.
My Stuff Bags Foundation: The My Stuff Bags Foundation provides new belongings, comfort and hope to thousands of children each year who must be rescued from abuse, neglect and abandonment across the United States. The My Stuff Bags Foundation's ultimate goal is to provide a My Stuff Bag filled with new belongings to each of the nearly 300,000 children each year who must enter crisis shelters and foster care with nothing of their own. For more information, visit their website HERE.
Shoes That Fit: Shoes That Fit provides kids in need with much-needed new shoes so that they can go to school in comfort and with dignity and focus on their studies rather than their circumstances. For more information, visit their website HERE.
Boys and Girls Clubs of America: Boys and Girls Clubs of America provides youth with a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences, and hope and opportunity. This environment enables all young people, especially those who are most in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. For more information, visit their website HERE.
National Inclusion Project: The National Inclusion Project works to make the inclusion of children with disabilities a reality. Partnering with communities and inclusive programs, this organization works to see that no one sits on the sidelines. For more information, visit their website HERE.
LIFT: LIFT ensures that community members achieve economic stability and well-being by helping them obtain a job, a safe home, and a quality education for themselves and their kids. With nearly 100,000 members located in six major U.S. cities, LIFT is working to lift people out of poverty for good. For more information, visit their website HERE.
YouthBuild USA: For six to 24 months, low-income young people ages 16 to 24 work towards their GEDs or high school diplomas while learning job skills by building affordable housing in their communities. Today, YouthBuild is engaging approximately 10,000 young adults per year at its 273 programs in 46 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands. For more information, visit their website HERE.