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Want to make a lasting difference in the global community? These are some organizations that offer ideas for hands-on projects or interactive financial donations.

To Help A Child

  1. Samaritan’s Purse: Under “Operation Christmas Child,” you can fill a shoebox with gifts, send it in with a $7 processing fee and track it as it travels to its destination. Samaritanspurse.org
  2. Rising Star Orphanage: Identify and sponsor a child at this home and school for children in India whose parents are affected by leprosy. For as little as $30 a month, your family can literally change a young child’s life. Risingstaroutreach.org

To Help The Planet

  1. Arbor Day Foundation: Trees not only make neighborhoods beautiful, they also help improve air quality and invite wildlife. You can find planting opportunities with a local Arbor Day Foundation partner. Arborday.org/programs/volunteers
  2. World Wildlife Fund: Love pandas? Crazy about crocodiles? Your family can symbolically adopt an animal. Your donation of $50 or more helps protect the species you choose and you receive a toy and certificate to honor your good deed. Worldwildlife.org

To Help A Family

  1. Family-to-Family: Gather birthday party supplies, collect seed packets or pack a box of groceries and mail to a family in need. Family-to-family.org
  2. Heifer International: Financial gifts that help families worldwide become more economically stable, $20 buys a flock of ducks in China, for example; $30 buys honeybees in Ecuador. Bonus: Games that teach kids about hunger and the environment are available on the website. Heifer.org

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There are valuable life lessons to be learned in those weekend trips with the kids.

Amusement Parks: An awesome place to give the older children a quick course in time management. Look over the map with your child and ask them to estimate how much time it will take to get from one ride to the next one. Plan a very loose itinerary, give your child a watch and appoint him the Clock Master to keep the group on schedule.

Miniature Golf: This is a lesson in where everyone can practice patience (as you are waiting for the group in front of you to move to the next hole) and also a lesson in taking turns (as each person in your group steps up to putt). Pick a fair but simple rule about who will go first. I like drawing straws. Keep a few silly conversation starters or word games on hand to pass the time while you are waiting.

Farms: This is where your child can exercise compassion as they greet each animal and learn how farmers take care of the cows and bunnies and pigs. While you are there you can start a conversation about healthy eating and where different types of food in your kitchen comes from.

Indoor Play Spaces: This is the ideal environment for lessons on perseverance. When your young child yearns to follow their big sister up the rock wall, encourage them to go for it, carefully! If on the first try at rope swing ends with a crash landing, help your child find the courage to give the challenge another try.

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Family Field Trips

Field trip at the farm

Wildlife inspectors check shipments at airports and at our borders with Mexico and Canada. They commonly find smuggled pets. But many animals still make it past their security. The people who sell the animals are willing to risk a fine or even some jail time because it is a big business. While the poacher may make pennies, smugglers typically sell wildlife at a much higher price.

Smugglers are sneaky. They put animals in false compartments in suitcases and cars. They put illegal birds into cages that also hold legal birds. Some will even try to mail reptiles.

These are criminals who do a great deal of damage. When a poacher catches and removes animals from the wild, the population of that species will drop. It can be harder for the remaining animals to find mates or to keep away predators.

So what is a pet lover to do? Stick with a common type of critter. It is better for the animals. And it is better for you.

Here are some Power Words for you to learn:

Poacher (po-cher): A person who hunts animals unlawfully

Smuggler : A person who carries things into or out of a country unlawfully.

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Smugglers and poachers

Smuggling in suitcases.

The U.S. is one of the leading buyers of illegal turtles, snakes, birds, apes and monkeys. People who want to own these animals make the world’s wild animal trade possible. It is a cruel business. Captive creatures often die during the transport. They may be too hot or cold. Or the containers they are transported in may be too small. Sometimes they are not given any food or water.

Bringing wild animals into the country can also spread diseases. Wild birds can carry germs. Tiny turtles can carry a dangerous bacteria. Exotic wildlide can make you and other people sick even when you never touch or see the animal.

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An Unfair Trade Practice

This is not the ocean.

Wild animals are being illegally caught and taken out of their natural habitats. The animals are then sold as pets. It is a dangerous business.

Tourist often bring back snacks to share with their friends and family. But when a couple of foreign smugglers landed at an airport in the US, they were hoping the U.S. Fish & Wildlife agents would think that they were tourist. However, the agents thought that the 2 were carrying more than just tasty treats. The agents then found around 50 live turtles and tortoises stuffed inside snack food boxes in their suitcases. Among the reptiles found were Indian star tortoises and rare turtles. The agents had been working on an a project called “Operation Flying Turtle” for over a year.

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Smuggling Turtles

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