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(Left) A firefighter's boot used to collect money from motorists for the "Fill the Boot" campaign for muscular dystrophy which started in 1954. (Center) A Habitat for Humanity belt was used by a volunteer in rebuilding homes in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. (Right) Bucket used by Jeanette Senerchia in 2014 launching the viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Courtesy of National Museum of American History hide caption

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A Giving History: Smithsonian Exhibit Showcases Americans' Charitable Acts

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How Millennials Are Reshaping Charity And Online Giving

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Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the central Philippines coastal village of Capiz got some help Monday when a Filipino military helicopter brought some much-needed food. Tara Yap/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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