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Chris Pratt tours the set of 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' to entice fans to enter a contest to spend a day on set. This is part of a charity effort from a company called Omaze which frequently offers a chance to win a cool experience to encourage entries that raise money for a charity, in this case, Lake Stevens Boys and Girls Club. 

The video description provided a link and an explanation of what kind of prize the winner will receive:

Chris Pratt is offering you the chance to jump a forklift (?) and own a door (???) on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Why would you want to do that? Let Chris explain. Enter for your chance to win: http://bit.ly/ChrisPratt-GuardiansSet

All donations of $10 or more help the Lake Stevens Boys and Girls Club build a new teen center.
win kids soccer This Soccer Fan Got a Real, Signed Jersey so He Won't Have to Make One out of Plastic Bags Anymore
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This adorable kid was such a fan of Argentine soccer player, Lionel Messi, that he made his own jersey out of a trash bag and marker. An image of him went viral as people spread the word to help him get his own actual Messi jersey. 



Thanks to the Afghanistan Football Federation and UNICEF, he finally got a real jersey, signed by Messi. 


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UNICEF wrote in their Facebook post that it's important to bring hope to kids through sports:

The right to play and practice sports promotes the well-being of all children, especially the most vulnerable trapped in emergencies around the world.

 
running charity A Woman Is Running Across the Irish Sea in a Giant Hamster Ball for Charity
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BBC presenter Lindsey Russell is planning to run across the Irish sea from Donaghadee in Northern Ireland and Portpatrick in Scotland. The run will benefit Sport Relief, a UK charity that raises money through sports related events. 

This specially made floating hamster wheel is nicknamed "Bobby". 


via roselawrence

Russell is expected to complete this awesome journey about 14 hours after her start time of 6:30 am today. 

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According to Charity Navigator the charity spends 60% of its funds on programs for veterans. The rest is in fundraising and overhead, which includes 'lavish' team building conferences. 60% may seem like a lot, but it really isn't when you compare that to the 96% spent on programs by the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust or 91% by Fisher House. Former employees say that spending and conferences have increased since CEO, Steven Nardizzi, started there.


via CBS NEWS

This is a man who knows how to make an entrance. He has been noted rappelling down the side of a building into a meeting, riding in on a Segway and even using a horse on one of these fantastic appearances. Former employees like Army Staff Sergeant Erick Millette have concerns that not only is the non-profit misusing money earned by exploiting the stories of wounded veterans, but it's not even providing adequate help with the programs it does spend money on.

This is the charity that Donald Trump intends to support while skipping the debate in Iowa.

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Mark Hamill joined Steven Blum, and the The 501st Legion to train some Padawans at a children's hospital in Los Angeles. 

Of course, Mark Hamill had the sweetest thing to say about the visit: 

Thank YOU Children's Hospital Los Angeles ! Feeling the pure joy & exuberance of those children up close & personal is a gift to cherish.

via Mark Hamill

A 99-year-old woman who won a shopping spree at a 99 Cents Only Store on her birthday filled her cart with Christmas goods Thursday, but she had no plans to keep the toys and stockings for herself.Instead, Donna Goldstein decided she was going to use her shopping spree at the Beverly Grove store to make holiday stockings for children in need and donate them throughout the community.“Sometimes we don’t realize how much is needed. I feel bad that I can’t do it for everyone, but it makes me feel very good that I am able to do what I can,” Goldstein said.Read KTLA’s story here: http://on.ktla.com/c7UaE

Posted by KTLA 5 News on Thursday, December 10, 2015
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Donna Goldstein filled her cart with Christmas gifts and stockings during a shopping spree she won at a 99-cent store on her 99th birthday. She's going to use her haul to assemble holiday stockings for kids in need. They will be distributed around her community in the Beverly Grove Neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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From the Swedish division of ActionAid comes the most unique charity Christmas album yet. Let goats serenade you with your favorite holiday tunes like Jingle Bells:



Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: 



And best of all, O Come All Ye Faithful:



ActionAid is a multi-national organization dedicated to fighting poverty. The eight song album is available on most streaming services and the money earned from the album will benefit ActionAid. 

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