In the true spirit of Christmas I suggest all projects must be donated to a local charity. This could be a shelter for runaways, children's home, Veterans hospital, etc. These are people who are often overlooked during the holidays. Small boxes for personal items, pens, and especially toys for the little ones would go a long way to providing some holiday cheer. As an alternative, the projects could be sold and the proceeds donated. (This should require a confirmation email from the charity.)
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