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It doesn't take a fortune or a huge commitment to help a child in crisis. Here are some simple ways to get involved

The cost of a hardcover novel ($30) to help provide sight-restoring cataract surgery for a woman in a developing country, through Calgary’s Operation Eyesight.

The cost of this year’s Halloween candy ($32) to fund health education for pregnant women through Care Canada. Bonus: The Canadian government has committed to matching all donations three times over.

A mosquito net ($7) to protect an African woman and her family from malaria, through the Canadian Red Cross’s Malaria Bites campaign.

Two hours (and opera singer Measha Brueggergosman) to support AMREF Canada. Attend October’s concert with music and Measha, and raise funds for life-saving services like the Flying Doctors, an African air ambulance that helps 600 people every year.

The cost of lunch out ($15) to allow a family in rural Guatemala to cook hot meals, by helping purchase a masonry oven through the Guatemala Stove Project.

The cost of a family dinner ($100) to stock a medical clinic in a rural community in any of the 115 countries where the Salvation Army works.