helping kids - one child at a timeAccording to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, the United States had 902,270 public charities in 2006. You can choose to give you money to help build houses for the poor, find cures for diseases, protect endangered animals, or help children learn to read. The problem isn’t finding a charity to support, but narrowing down your options and choosing the one you find most worthy.

Of the almost one million charities registered in the U.S., many support children in one way or another. If you want to use your charitable dollars to help children, which is the best charity to choose? It can be a very difficult decision. Any of the following 25 kids charities (organized alphabetically) are a great place to start. Some you have surely heard of, while others may be new to you.

      More4kids

A quick note about us before we start. More4kids is a mom and dad owned site dedicated to helping parents and children. Each month thousands of parents visit our site looking for information. We run More4kids out of our own pockets and out of our desire and love for children. Any help in keeping this site going is greatly appreciated and by helping you will know that you will be helping parents and children worldwide.

Why More4kids? A short story. We wrote an article once about how to help your child get out of abusive relationships. Shortly after I received a note from a mom thanking us. She said the article gave her the courage to get her daughter out of a terrible abusive situation. Tears came to this grown mans eyes. Since then we have had a lot of feedback like this.  To me knowing that we helped just one family like this makes what we do worthwhile and why we fight to keep our site up and going.

The best way to help is refer more4kids to friends, and if can help with some spare change, please click the donate button below to help keep More4kids going. 100% of donations goes to paying for our server, hiring writers for More4kids and helping children:
Any amount will help keep us going at More4kids. Even a $1 would help. Thankyou.

Now on with the article and other great charities we love and support.
1. Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Center
AVID is an educational program that helps C and D students improve their chances of getting into college. Students, most of whom are underprivileged, can begin the program as early as the fourth grade. They work with specially trained teachers and tutors to learn organizational and study skills and develop critical thinking abilities. Ninety-five percent of AVID graduates go to college, and 85% remain enrolled in college after two years.
AVID is active in 1,500 schools in 21 states and 15 countries. For more information, visit www.avidonline.org.READ More on 25 Top Children's Charities

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here is a girl in a garden planting a strawberry plantSchools out and summer is finally here. How are you going to keep your child occupied and at the same time stimulate their young minds? Summer can be a fun and exciting time for children and their families. Generally, a break is given over the summer months and educational lessons are ceased until the fall. If you are a homeschooling parent, and interested in supplementing your childs education, it is important to know and understand that while the traditional lessons do not fit into the scheme of summer, it does not mean that learning has to cease. There are many fun summer projects you can do with your child! Here are some fun summer activites and projects for your child. If you are at a loss for extra projects and activities, this may the right read for you!

Plant a Garden

Planting a garden is a very popular fun summer projects for homeschoolers. The family can decide together what type of garden is to be planted. They may choose to plant an herb garden, a flower garden, or even a vegetable garden. Then, all of the supplies should be gathered and everyone should play a large role in creating and planting. Family members should also take the time to assist in the maintenance of the garden as well. Not only can children enjoy learning about how things grow, they can develop a sense of accomplishment once they see their gardens grow! Don’t forget to take plenty of random pictures while the children care for the new garden!

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babysitter helping to pickup in nurseryAs a parent one of the most nerve racking experiences we have to do is find a reliable and trustworthy babysitter. Someone that we can believe will do a good job taking care of our child or children whether it is for a few hours on an as needed basis or someone the is going to care for them daily while we are working.

Here we are going to offer a number of tips for you to help you interview a potential babysitter. I recommend asking these questions whether you are looking at hiring a teenager or an adult.

First, do a prescreening call prior to setting up an interview with the potential babysitter. During this prescreening phone call you want to ask the following questions when interviewing a potential babysitter:

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a mom with her adopted daughter enjoy some mommy timeFor many families, adoptions are a way of getting the baby they have always dreamed of having.  However, adopting an infant can often prove to be very difficult.  In the United States, infants are often hard to adopt. Therefore, many people turn to international adoptions.  In many cases, adopting internationally can be very successful and fulfilling. 
After you have made the decision to adopt, you must next decide what country you would like to adopt a child from.  In order to pick a country that will work with your needs, you will want to make sure you do sufficient research.  Each country has its own rules and regulations that must be followed.

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Click here for more information on the Cricut Craft MachineThere are many fun, family crafts and projects that can be pursued when it comes to arts and crafts. Many families use their computers and other electronic devices to assist them when it comes to creating a project. Now, there is a new product on the market that I have found to be extremely fun and productive when it comes to creating fun projects with my children. This product is called Cricut. When pronounced, it sounds like you are saying “cricket”. This is a cutting system that is electronic based. However, the upside is that it does not require an actual computer. Here, I will tell you a little about how you can create fun family projects – the easy way!

Today we are going to be reviewing the features of the Cricut. It is a revolutionary machine that actually cuts an assortment of materials in many different ways. No more buying special printer paper or messing with patterns that can be really difficult to work with! Now, you can just insert the material, decide on how you want it cut and go from there. There are many exciting projects that you can choose from when it comes to cutting with this particular tool: READ More on Fun Family Crafts and Projects Made Easy with the Cricut

happy family spending time togetherMore4kids likes to recognize both individuals and organizations that make a positive impact in the lives of families. "First Things First” is such an organization that has made a positive impact in the lives of many families and in the community in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area. They focus on assisting families with various areas of interest. This nonprofit organization works with numerous resources in the Hamilton County area, such as businesses, special groups, and individuals to bring together a wide selection of resources for the families in the area. The leaders of the community established that the county would be strengthened by first strengthening the families of that community. This marked the beginning of “First Things First”.  We will review what this organization does, what they stand for, and why this organization deserves credit for the hard work they do helping families and couples. READ More on A More4kids Champion: First Things First

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family arriving at relatives houseFamilies everywhere are really getting severly pinched or hurt with the price of gas these days, and there is no end in sight. We have to do everything we can to save a little here and there, not only on road trips, but on everyday tips to drop kids off at school, work, or the grocery store. This summer a lot of families will be driving on the roads. With the price of gas and diesel both climbing, it is important to remember that no matter how much you are paying at the pump, there are some ways to save your gas once you've purchased it, which will allow you to spend less overall on gasoline. There are things that a family, and there are things that you can do to your car to make sure that you are able to save on gasoline. Here are a few gas saving tips that may help.

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