This Online Chronicle is continued from the previous post...
7. SUPPORT A VARIETY OF BREASTFEEDING PROJECTS VIA LATCHON.ORG

December is known as the month of generosity and giving. Therefore we approach you with the request to visit http://www.LatchOn.org. LatchOn.org is a Web site connecting people who want to promote breastfeeding, nutrition, childbirth, and successful parenting with donors who have the resources to make those things happen. Projects are described in detail and many provide reports on the progress of the project. As a potential donor, you are invited to browse the projects and then select a project you would like to contribute funds to. Projects are submitted from communities in the United States and throughout the world. With your donation, specific life-changing goals could be achieved. All donations are tax deductible, for those living in the United States.

So visit http://www.LatchOn.org, check out our newest projects, and see if any of them appeal to you. Thanks to the generosity of donors, many projects are well on their way to completing their mission!

Recently posted projects:

*Pilot Program for Father-Peer Counselors (ID 1593) http://www.latchon.org/projects.htm?mode=view&rid=1593

*Becoming a Chilean Midwife: A Life Project (ID 1092) http://www.latchon.org/projects.htm?mode=view&rid=1092

*Parkland Phase II Parental Video Education (ID 984) http://www.latchon.org/projects.htm?mode=view&rid=984

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8. CELEBRATE BREASTFEEDING, BECAUSE YOU CARE!

As you enjoy holiday celebrations with family and friends, please help La Leche League continue its important work in the world with a donation to the year-end appeal. Donate online at: www.lalecheleague.org/donor/html.
As one donor expressed: “Our family is most grateful for all the enriching knowledge that we have gained through LLL…our donation is a reflection of our hearts and the love and passion we have for breastfeeding and LLLI.”

Heartfelt thanks to all!

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9. END OF THE YEAR APPEAL LETTER IN SPANISH

For the second time in 2005 (the first time was in the Spring) La Leche League International has sent out an Appeal Letter in Spanish. The slogan for the End of the Year Appeal was: “La Liga de la Leche Internacional cuida a la comunidad hispana” ( La Leche League International Cares about the Hispanic Community).

The great diversity and rapid growth of the Hispanic population in the United States has prompted new research on this important minority group, resulting in the development of new approaches to provide them with access to health services. LLLI has become increasingly aware of the need to provide breastfeeding services that are culturally appropriate and sensitive to the diversity of pregnant and breastfeeding Hispanic women.

If you would like to collaborate with the LLLI programs and services that benefit the Hispanic community, please visit this link: http://www.lalecheleague.org/Lang/appeal.html

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10. DON't FORGET! SUPPORT LLLI WHENEVER YOU SHOP AT AMAZON.COM

Shop the same way...Donate a different way! Your editor generated over $20 for La Leche League just by purchasing gifts for family and friends in the past month! Read on to learn how!

La Leche League International signed on with a new service called FreePledge in October. FreePledge is an e-commerce web site devoted to help nonprofit organizations raise money by donating a percentage of online purchases. The FreePledge program gives our organization an additional source of revenue at no cost to you or us! By leveraging a marketing program set up by Amazon, one of the world’s largest online retailers, FreePledge turns a percentage of everyday shopping into donations for your favorite charity. Your online purchases like books, videos, CDs, and electronics can support LLLI. (Of course we hope you will still buy LLLI books directly from us, but there are so many other things you can get from Amazon.) FreePledge assures you of the simplest online shopping experience: no membership, no obligation, and no cost to you. The actual purchases go through Amazon and you receive the same great service. You may visit http://llli.freepledge.com/, shop as if you would shop on Amazon directly, and a portion of your purchases will go to support mothers and babies through LLLI.

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11. KATRINA ACT MAKES MORE OF US DONATIONS DEDUCTIBLE

In the USA, the Katrina Act provides special window of opportunity for donors--donate by December 31, 2005 and all your donations, including your generous contributions to LLLI, will be deductible on your income taxes. Under the new law, donations made between August 28 and December 31, 2005 to qualified charities, like La Leche League International, qualify for special tax treatment. Taxpayers may deduct charitable contributions up to 100% of their adjusted gross income, up from 50%. Donations do not need to relate to hurricane relief to qualify, and may be for any amount. Revisit the topic of charitable giving with your tax advisor before December 31st to take advantage of this special opportunity. Your support is deeply appreciated!

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12. LA LECHE LEAGUE HELPS YOU--YOU CAN HELP LA LECHE LEAGUE

If you find that this newsletter is helpful to you, or if you would just like to help with the important work LLLI does in helping mothers around the world breastfeed, you can make a contribution, quickly and easily, via our Web site at: http://www.lalecheleague.org/donor.html.

Another option is to become a member of La Leche League--to learn how, go here: http://www.lalecheleague.org/membership.html

We appreciate your support, whether as a friend, a member, or a volunteer. You can make a difference for mothers and babies everywhere!

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SPREAD THE WORD!

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Contributors: Sue Christensen, Gina Ciagne, Janet Jendron, Sue Ann Kendall, Katy Lebbing, Rebecca Magalhaes, Shelly Stanley

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