Profile America — Thursday, December 26th. At this time of year, many of us are absorbed in the consumer culture, with the purchase of gifts for others and exchanging some of those received this season. But with the continuing unsettled economy, it's also a time to give to organizations that help those in need. Appeals from a wide range of charities mount around this time, coming in the mail, over radio and television, and by email. Americans have a history giving generously of both their money and time year in and year out. The average tax return shows contributions of more than $4,300 a year to charity. In addition, more than one-in-four of us is involved in some kind of charitable work. You can find current data on the country's economy by downloading the America's Economy mobile app at <www.census.gov/mobile>.
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