This column, which began one year ago this month, often focuses on the various trends that affect one's, ahem, bottom line.
But in honor of the holidays and the first anniversary of The Bottom Line, today's column will highlight some of the things businesses and organizations are doing to give back and how you can help.
In a spin on the whole crowd-funding phenomenon, several hospitals throughout the country, including Children's Hospital Orange County and Children's Hospital Los Angeles are participating in www.GiveMiracles.org. The site is the first crowd-funded hospital gift catalog campaign and was created by fundraising website Fundly and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
From the catalog, donors may select gifts big and small , from toys to a pediatric wheelchair to neonatal intensive care.
Donors can also create their own crowd-funding campaign and get others involved in buying big-ticket items with donations from friends and family through Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
Fashion resale retailer Buffalo Exchange and The Long Beach Rescue Mission have teamed up for the Holiday Coats & Blanket Drive to give to those in need in the Long Beach area.
From now until Jan. 13, people may drop off coats and blankets from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Buffalo Exchange in Belmont Shore, 4608 E. 2nd St.
In Los Angeles, architects and engineers will build structures out of donated cans of food for the seventh annual Canstruction L.A. design/build contest for the January Downtown Art Walk. The structures will be on display from noon to 10 p.m. Jan. 10 and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Farmers and Merchants Bank Building, 401 S. Main St.
After the contest, the canned goods will be given to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
Donate directly to the food bank by texting FEEDLA to 80888 for a $10 donation
California Boeing Co. employees have donated $420,000 to nine nonprofit organizations for programs that help veterans find jobs and ease into civilian life.
Grants were given to Canine Companions for Independence, National Veterans Transition Service Inc., New Directions, Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, U.S. Vets Initiative, Vanguard University, Veterans Valor Fund, Veterans Village of San Diego and Working Wardrobes.
"The goal is to grow the nonprofits' abilities to assist transitioning veterans and remove barriers that could hamper their efforts," said Carrie Bollwinkle, executive director of Employees Community Fund of Boeing California.