Some ways to give during the holidays are also fun. How about shopping for a good cause? Or going to tea? Or adding a Santa to your party?
The Country Friends shops in Rancho Santa Fe carry quality china, silver and furniture. They attract antique dealers from all over the state to peruse the crystal, collectibles and objects d'art. The merchandise is donated by members of the Country Friends, received from estates or there on consignment.
The operation is completely volunteer-run, and profits from the two side-by-side shops are distributed to 82 help agencies. Last year the Country Friends contributed nearly $260,000 to assist the elderly and Alzheimer patients, abused women and children, minorities and migrant workers, the handicapped, the seriously ill and others.
Since its inception in 1954, Country Friends has given more than $3 million to human-care agencies in the country.
The shops are open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are at El Tordo and Avenida de Acacias in the village of Rancho Santa Fe. Proceeds go to various charities.