In the great words of my friend, Nik Kel, "I encourage you: if you have plans for black Friday, consider spending that money by donating to causes you are motivated and invested in. Because that is truly something to be thankful for: having the ability to give and to help make the world a better place."
Some causes that you might consider:
My current photo project, The Butch/Femme Photo Project. http://astrangerinthisplace.blogspot.com/p/butchfemme-photo-project.html
My friend, Nik's, Top Surgery Fund: http://www.indiegogo.com/thisnikstransition?c=home
My friend, Medina's, fundraising efforts for her family in a time of medical crisis: https://www.facebook.com/notes/medina-doryfish-cardona/transitioning/385258054886227
Fundraising efforts for another one of my friend's medical needs: http://naimalowe.chipin.com/the-hole-in-beccas-gut
The Portland Q Center is a great place to donate to. http://www.pdxqcenter.org/
The Cascade AIDS Project (World AIDS Day is December 1st!). http://cascadeaids.org/
This page contains many links to help with the recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy. http://www.crowdrise.com/sandyrelief
The wonderful organization, ASPCA. http://www.aspca.org/
Another wonderful organization, the Humane Society. http://www.humanesociety.org/
The Born Free Foundation. http://www.bornfree.org.uk/
Meals on Wheels. http://www.mowaa.org/
These and many other causes. People helping people is what the holidays are about.
Peace and blessings to you and yours.