Note: I originally posted this Nov. 23, Black Friday, which is obviously not a great day to ask readers for their feedback. In honor of Giving Tuesday , I'm reposting this.
On a day when many, many people are out Christmas shopping, I thought it might be a good time to talk about charities and the holiday season.
A few years ago, I put together a blog post offering to let people write in the comments about the charities they love,  or the charities they run that could use your donations this holiday season. I'm doing it again. I love giving charity donations in honor of loved ones at Christmas, so I'm hoping you readers will weigh in.
Also, I've written before about why I give blood , even though I hate it, and I thought today would be a good one to remind you that Community Blood Services of Central Illinois  always needs donors during the holidays.
I'm heading this afternoon to their beautiful new facility in Urbana.
I give because there is absolutely no substitute for blood - not donating money, not volunteering your time. Plus - you get guilt-free junk food when you're done!