For the last few years, we have done this and this for Christmas. Advent Conspiracy always has some great suggestions about spending your money during Christmas. They have lots of resources that include statistics that will make your intestines knot. Such as "Americans spend $450 billion on Christmas EVERY YEAR."
Instead of me throwing out some of my favorite places to give money to, I need to hear from you guys. I want to know who is in need, what places are most desperate, who has never heard that a Rescuer has already come to save them from their shame? Either put them here or over at the Carrie Anne Husdon Facebook page.
As a community, let's get the word out for some of these organizations that are doing fantastic work around the world.