Think of others this Thanksgiving by helping a child in need.

Serving Needs of Children

In our August 2002 issue, Kenneth Cole and Tommy Hilfiger posed with New York City children who have benefited from the work of Help USA and The Fresh Air Fund, charities supported by the designers. Check out the sites below for information on volunteer and contribution opportunities for 10 other worthy charities that serve the needs of children.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America establishes one-on-one mentoring relationships between adult volunteers and children who are generally from single-parent families.

The Books for Kids Foundation promotes literacy, especially among young and disadvantaged children, by donating books, creating libraries, and supporting reading-initiative programs.

With the mantra "Leave No Child Behind," the Children's Defense Fund seeks to provide all children with a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start, and a moral start in life, as well as to educate the nation about the needs of children.

More Charities

The Children's Miracle Network raises funds for and awareness of 170 childrens hospitals throughout the United States.

An expressive arts program for homeless children, Drawbridge offers weekly classes that stimulate creativity and enthusiasm as well as offer comfort and stability to those who participate.

A nonprofit resort for children with life-threatening diseases, Give Kids the World grants the wish of a trip to the amusement park attractions of Central Florida.

Believe In Tomorrow Children's Foundation provides families with critically ill children incredible hospital and respite housing services to allow them to rejuvenate and reconnect while in the midst of a medical crisis.

First Book provides children from low-income families the opportunity to receive, own, and read their first new books.

The Make-a-Wish Foundation brightens the lives of children suffering from life-threatening illnesses by granting their requests to visit a special place, meet an admired person, receive a longed-for gift, or fulfill a secret fantasy.

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