08/12/2011 04:21 pm ET Updated Oct 12, 2011

Giving Back: A Family Dinner Table Talk

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book:

In the New York Times this week, Nicholas Kristof writes about Rachel, a nine-year-old girl who, from a young age, always had the desire to give back and donate to charity. Charity has no age boundaries; and children are often able to contribute whether it is by donating long hair to children who have lost their own, becoming friends with a child with developmental disabilities or running a lemonade stand that raises money for cancer patients.

A non-profit organization uses the money it raises to help the organization pursue its goals. Non-profits can exist in many forms from helping the environment to helping the homeless, from finding cures for diseases to pushing for better human rights.

If you could start a charity or a non-profit, what would you start? Who would it help? What causes are you passionate about? Are there organizations at school that you would like to join? How do you help people? What are some other actions you could do to help people? How can kids get more involved with non-profits?

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