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The holiday season signals a time to think of those less fortunate. But as much as we recognize the importance of monetary donations, this year we're finding extra-creative ways give back.

Sponsor a mustache to help kids
It may sound weird, but between Thanksgiving and Christmas, thousands of clean-shaven men grow ridicule-worthy facial hair to support children's charities. Find a chapter near you and sponsor a grower whose cause (or 'stache) you like.

Donate a cow to empower a family
While you might not want the gift of livestock, for many families a cow (or a sheep or a llama) can be life-changing by enabling agricultural self-reliance. Give to a community in need with the help of Heifer International.

Give a calculator to fund a school
Support education on a micro level by helping a classroom in need. Donors Choose matches your goodwill with specific, worthy requests like an easel for a high-poverty Seattle high school or graphing calculators for inner-city eighth graders.

Donate old glasses to improve others' vision
We know you're not wearing those scratched, outdated specs anymore. So drop them at a OneSight donation center to have them cleaned, repaired and customized for someone in a developing country.

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