In this season of giving and receiving, you might be left feeling like you could or should do a little more for others who might not be as lucky as you. Perhaps you got a generous check from Aunt Edna over the holidays, or maybe you want to help spread a little love in the world. Either way, we thought we’d share some of our favorite charities online and causes that would be more than worthy of any donation you can give. Many organizations are trying valiantly to meet their end of year fundraising goals (some are even matching donations) and we’d love to help them out!
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital- located in Memphis, Tennessee, this hospital treats children from around the world (at no cost to them) suffering from childhood cancer and rare diseases. Best of all they share their research with institutions around the world for free so their groundbreaking treatments can come to a hospital or clinic near you.
The Humane Society of the United States works to prevent abuse and neglect of animals around the country and the world. Through advocacy, rescue programs, shelter support and more you can help prevent animal abuse and provide food and shelter to an animal in need.
No Kid Hungry is an initiative from Share Our Strength that works to ensure no child in America grows up hungry. They are currently matching donations through the end of the year so your dollar can go twice as far to provide kids with school breakfast, meals during the summer (no school) months and to help educate low-income families to stretch their food budgets.
Friends of Maddie – this charity is close to many CGG writer’s hearts as we are friends with the Spohr family that founded FoM in the wake of their daughter Maddie’s death. FoM provides support packs to families with a child in a level III neonatal intensive care unit in order to make their stay a little easier.
The American Red Cross- if you want to help victims of natural disasters (of which we’ve seen too many in 2012) the American Red Cross is a good way to help provide in-need communities with food, water and shelter. As the recipient of Red Cross meals and water during Hurricane Katrina relief work, I can attest that the sight of their van pulling up to you provides people with a sense of support.
National Alliance to End Homelessness – anyone who has ever wanted to help the homeless, look no further. The National Alliance works to improve policies and to create viable programs to help combat the problems communities and cities face as they try to help their homeless community.
Fisher House Foundation – the Fisher House Foundation provides a home away from home for military families to be close to their loved ones during treatment for illness, injury or disease. Fisher House comfort homes are found near every major military medical center and families don’t pay to stay during the treatment process. This is a wonderful way to support both our armed forces and their families that sacrifice so much for us.
If your budget is small but your heart is large, then we encourage our readers to look into “26 Acts of Kindness” which began in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy. 26 Acts encourages individuals to participate in 26 random acts of kindness, one in honor of each of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. Perhaps you could shovel your neighbor’s path, deliver cookies to your nearest fire house, or return a wallet to lost and found – the possibilities are endless, and so are the positive ramifications of your kind actions.
Daisy is a lawyer married to a lawyer (insert lawyer jokes here) living in a small condo in a big city with a new baby and beagle. She breaks up the legal-speak by blogging about life in Chicago, which is filled with escapades of urban living. In the summer she enjoys patio dining and in the winter wonders what she was thinking when she moved here. You can read more from Daisy on her blog, Just Daisy.
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