03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Do 'Good' in This Small World This Holiday Season

It's that time of year when we celebrate friends and family. As I looked around my Thanksgiving table last week, I was glad to have the most important people in my life giving thanks beside me. With the pace of life today and all that is happening in the world it is so easy to lose sight of what really matters or become wrapped up in the things that divide us. That is why I started a few years ago -- to show how connected we all truly are and challenge people to champion causes that make a difference in this small world.

You've probably heard of the Six Degrees concept. Any one person (including me, Kevin Bacon) is connected to any other person through six or fewer relationships, because it's a small world. is about using this idea to accomplish something good. Through the site, you can support your favorite charities and spread the word about causes by creating charity badges. You can also check out the favorite causes of other people, including celebrities like Nicole Kidman (UNIFEM), Ashley Judd (YouthAIDS) and Jon Bon Jovi (Soul Foundation). Just remember that for every celebrity on the site -- and there are over 60 of them -- 150 real people like you have become "celebrity" fundraisers themselves. These are the celebrities we celebrate on

Another way to connect with those we love, especially this holiday season, is with The Good Card® -- a gift card for charity. The Good Card has a stored value that can be redeemed as a donation to any of more than 1.8 million charities -- this includes your alma mater, a charity fighting a disease that's touched your family, or the homeless shelter around the corner. Good Cards can be purchased in any denomination from $10 to $250 and 100% of the card's value goes to charity. It's an ideal holiday gift, particularly after all the challenges people have faced this year. You can spread the joy of feeling good by doing good. Good Cards are available for purchase at

This holiday season I am thankful for all the everyday celebrities who are out there promoting worthy causes through and I hope you will join me in paying it forward by sending a Six Degrees Good Card to all the people on your list that you love. It is sure to make them smile and feel good by doing good. If you are looking for the ultimate gift, this is it.