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By Delcie Light
Delcie Light has been married for 50 years to Bill Light. They have three grown children: Christiane is a V.P. at Universal-NBC in California, Bill is an attorney in Manhattan Beach CA, and Jim lives in Devils Lake and owns and operates Computer ...
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Delcie Light has been married for 50 years to Bill Light. They have three grown children: Christiane is a V.P. at Universal-NBC in California, Bill is an attorney in Manhattan Beach CA, and Jim lives in Devils Lake and owns and operates Computer Clinic. The Lightís enjoy 8 grandchildren.

Delcie earned a B.S. from NDSU and a M.S. from UND. She has taught people from 3-73, but mostly teenagers for 25 years at DLHS.

She enjoys family (including a dog and two cats), home, flowers, watching kids and critters, travel, living in North Dakota with 4 seasons, reading, writing, researching (the wonders of a computer!), and genealogy.
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Are you bombarded through the mail, email, or your phone to Give?  Most of the solicitations sound like good causes, but some are ridiculous.  Do you really believe someone in Nigeria needs your help getting an inheritance out of Nigeria and will split it with you if you will just tell him your bank account number so he can deposit his newly found fortune in your account?

Or, do you believe you have won a contest you never entered, but you have to pay a fee to collect?

How do you know the fine sounding group that is asking you for a donation to "help" children, wounded vets, policemen, firemen, or any number of noble causes---how do you know that group exists?  Maybe it exists, but how much of the money it collects actually goes to the "cause?"  How much goes to the salary of the CEO or to more fund raising?  

Just because they send you something you don't need and did not ask for, doesn't mean you have to write a check.    

There are many worthy causes in your own community that can use your help.  And you likely know who runs the charity and who they help.  Think local charity so you can check it out.

There are some national and international causes that do valuable work.  But before you give, check them out on Charitynavigator.com.  I was educated and disappointed by checking out some well known charities when I read how much they pay their CEO and what percentage of gifts actually goes to the stated cause.  Information helps make wise decisions.

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