My friend JerseyTjej over at The Insurgent Scrapbooker recently wrote a post about the best way to pay the gifts you've been given forward and lend a helping hand to those in need. One of the programs she mentions was also highlighted by The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof, who went one step further and posted a video touting the virtues of Kiva.org.
If you find yourself wondering "What can I do? How can I help?" then this is the program for you.
Kiva.org allows individuals to make $25 loans to low-income entrepreneurs in the developing world (microfinance). By doing so, you empower people struggling to earn their way out of poverty with affordable working capital like money to buy a sewing machine, livestock, etc.
The way I see it, I get a higher return on $25 helping someone build a future than two tickets to the movies (yes, New York is that expensive) or Sunday brunch at my local bistro.
Crazy how so little can mean so much.