St Jude Children’s Research Hospital is doing amazing work. Your donation makes a real difference. Eighty-five cents of every dollar received supports the research and treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I like that. I don’t want to give only to have my donation pay for paper to ask for more donations. Also? All patients accepted for treatment at St. Jude are treated without regard to the family’s ability to pay. I like that, too. They are doing incredible things and making amazing advances in medicine every day. Very worthy place to send part of my charity budget.
The Red Cross is a no brainer. You can choose to give to the Disaster Relief Fund, the International Response Fund, the Service to the Armed Forces, to your local chapter or to wherever the need is greatest. You can raise funds yourself or donate spare change. If you can’t give money, you can give blood, or register on the National Marrow Donor Program.
The ASPCA was founded in 1866 as the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. The Society was formed
to alleviate the injustices animals faced then, and they continue to battle cruelty today. Whether it’s saving a pet who has been accidentally poisoned, fighting to pass humane laws, rescuing animals from abuse or sharing resources with shelters across the country, their goal is to make a world in which no animal will live in pain or fear. I know I appreciate the Animal Poison Control Center being there if I need it, and a wonderful program to try to eliminate unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable animals simply because of a lack of resources and awareness. I would love to see all shelters become “no-kill” adoption centers. I know people personally that would keep any number of animals if only they had the resources. If you can’t have an animal where you live, maybe helping to provide for someone else to keep one is an idea for you.
I recently found a national organization called Feeding America. They are a network of food banks and other programs that make it possible to send surplus from one area to another area in need. They also have a backpack program providing extra food to needy kids for the weekend and school vacations. If you are able to give locally and nationally, this is a great option.
I have also started a Kiva team and I would love to have YOU on it. Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing
world. So, we lend to people trying to make a living on their own. Not a hand out. A loan. When they pay it back, you can cash it out, or reloan it to another business person.
I love that there’s a way to help someone who’s able and willing to work. I have been there, and I know how hard it is to be self employed and still need some help. So. We loan because we can, because someone loaned to us when we needed it. Or because no one did and we know how it feels. I have been in both situations and I know the desperation of not finding help, as well as the extreme gratitude when someone goes above and beyond to get you past a rough spot. If you’ve ever been in that spot and can help someone now, please do.