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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 14, 2008 - 'Tis the season for charitable donations, and with so many worthy causes ringing their bells on street corners, I'd like to chime in with a note about one of my favorite institutions, FilmAid International .

FilmAid, in its 10th year of operation, is an organization with a simple mission: Going to refugee camps and crisis spots throughout the world, it uses film to entertain and educate communities whose lives are threatened by displacement, poverty, disease and disaster, providing instruction in crucial health issues as well as offering screenings of classics like "The Wizard of Oz." They also assist these communities in learning production techniques to make their own films addressing their own concerns.

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