Look to The Stars for Christmas

Written by on December 24, 2009

We can be all consumed during the Christmas holidays with shopping, decorating and cooking, that we may miss the reason for the season. While some do recognize this time of year as a celebration of the birth of Jesus, by playing that Boyz II Men Christmas CD, adorning their yard with a fiber optic Nativity scene, or attending early morning church service, there still are others that consider the needs of the less fortunate this time of year through Charity.

I know you’ve heard this all before, but as an Urban Mogul I am not suggesting that everyone should sacrifice watching the Lakers vs. Cavaliers game on Christmas Day to hand out free turkeys like some suburban version of Nino Brown. Rather strategize how to make this a Win- Win situation.

For example, giving money to charity by December 31st, is a great way to lower the taxable income you pay. Just keep your receipts for clothes donated to Goodwill, offerings given to Church, and you can even include out-of-pocket costs to help a charity, such as 14 cents a mile in transportation costs to do charitable work, or the cost of ingredients for the Prune Cobbler you made for a nonprofit’s bake sale.

If you want to take it a step further, check out –  http://www.looktothestars.org/ 

This website lets you look up the charities that your favorite entertainers are supporting. For example, who knew that Kim Kardashian and I have something in common, more than a disdain for that show For the Love of Ray J. She also supports Soles4Souls, the international shoe charity dedicated to providing free footwear to those in desperate need.

You are Blessed to be a Blessing,
Merry Christmas to all and to all Goodnite

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