“‘At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge,’ said the gentleman, taking up a pen, ‘it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. … We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices.”

Each day on its Advent calendar, the Diocese of Washington presents giving opportunities, many of them drawn from Episcopal Relief and Development’s Gifts for Life Catalog.

Elsewhere, Mad Priest and Elizabeth Kaeton have teamed up to raise money for Christ the King Anglican Church in the impoverished Cidade de Deus section of Rio de Janeiro where seminarian Luiz Coelho, known to many in the Anglican blogosphere, had a placement.

I have to mention my own favorite charity, Beisbol y Libros, a sports-related outreach effort in the Dominican Republic, run by my friend John McCarthy of the Home Run Baseball Camp in D. C. They accept donations here.

And if you are feeling especially generous, you might also consider an end of the year gift to support the Cafe. You can contribute to our annual Bishop’s Appeal here.

Feel free to add your own causes in the comments section.

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