Small ways that you can make a big difference for nonprofits

Donate an unwrapped toy …

… and enter a raffle for a new Schwinn cruiser. Hypnotic Donuts’s second-annual “Hyppie Helpers” toy drive runs through Dec. 16. Everyone who donates to the drive is entered into a drawing for the bike. Bring Barbie dolls, Play-Doh, Legos or action figures, and your name will be entered twice. Drop off toys at the donut shop, 9007 Garland Road. The drawing is Dec. 22.

Buy a custom beaded bracelet …

… and save a Pomeranian. Neighborhood resident Kimberly Moore, who offers her repurposed vintage jewelry at, recently started a nonprofit venture, Paws for Poms. Moore makes beaded stretch bracelets with gold and silver or Murano glass beads. Each bracelet includes a few beads that have paws imprinted on them or are in the shape of a paw. They also can be customized with your dog’s name or initial. The bracelets cost $48 at, and a portion of the proceeds goes to Recycled Pomeranians,

Buy a handmade ornament …

… and support the North Texas Food Bank. The third-annual Half Price Books ornament sale is 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at 5803 E. Northwest Highway. Half Price Books employees from all over the country send their handmade ornaments to the sale. All proceeds go to the North Texas Food Bank. Last year, the sale raised $1,700, which provided 5,200 meals through the food bank.


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