Two books shipped to a classroom in Africa. In many schoolrooms on the continent, 20 children share one textbook.
A set of drumsticks for a low-income public school student learning to play the drums.
A field trip to a museum, concert, or theatrical production for a high-risk youth.
Two hours of prepaid phone time for a soldier stationed overseas to call home. Started by teen siblings in 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers has since mailed more than 1.5 million calling cards to American troops.
A one-burner kerosene stove for a family that would typically rely on an open fire. The stove is reusable and less environmentally taxing than the cutting of timber.
Measles vaccinations for 15 children in a developing country.
A week's worth of food for an abandoned dog or cat at a shelter run by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
A medical teaching doll, to be used in educating a child about his or her cancer treatment.
From the December 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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