Wary of charities and where your money really goes? Here are five I trust that get your donations to those in need:
  1. Homes for Our Troops builds mortgage-free, specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans Post-9/11, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Watch their fun video and learn more about the group here hfotusa.org/gt15
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  2. Share Our Strength’s NO KID HUNGRY campaign. 16 million American kids struggle with hunger every day. Until midnight tonight, all gifts to @nokidhungry will be DOUBLED by Hickory Farms & Kettle Brand. https://secure.nokidhungry.org/site/Donation2;jsessionid=52D17FFF671576AB2FEE5F9782
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  3. (Here’s an interview I did with SOS’s Billy Shore and its spokesman Jeff Bridges: http://cnn.it/1O8kMsp )
  4. KIPP DC Lead Academy – established in 2012, the charter school teaches 400 kids grades 1-4 from some of D.C.’s most in need families. Read more about the school here: http://www.kippdc.org/our-schools/kipp-dc-lead-academy/ Donate here: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/kippdctapper
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  5. Hortons Kids empowers at-risk children in grades K through 12 in Anacostia, D.C., and prepares them for college, career, and life through educational opportunities and comprehensive programs tailored to their needs. http://www.hortonskids.org/
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  6. Defenders of Freedom, committed to supporting Post 9/11 Veterans with emergency financial assistance for a smooth transition to civilian life. https://defendersoffreedom.us/
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