In my desire to be more of a radical giver this year, I've created a list of charities we support. The idea being that we will donate to one of these every month in addition to our regular church giving. Some you may know, some you may not. This is Part 1, with 6 charities. The other 6 will be featured next week in Part 2.
1. American Heart Association
Did you know heart disease kills more women each year than breast cancer? As someone with a bit of a wonky heart anyway and a non-blood cousin that died in her early 30s, this is a special charity to me.
2. American Cancer Society
A close relative of mine is nearing their 5 yr cancer-free anniversary. Several other of my relatives and friends are still fighting. I love this charitable cause and plan to donate in the month of my relative's 5 yr survivorship!
3. Donors Choose
I talked about this one once before. Teachers can make donation pages requesting certain supplies. I have checked it out, known teachers who used it, and donated personally. It does, in fact, work! I hate that teachers have to ask for basic supplies like microscopes, books, and paper in the first place. But I'm glad they have a place to do it! You can choose any classroom you want to support and they even take paypal as a form of donation!
4. March of Dimes
You may remember that our second child died. He passed away when I was 9 months pregnant. Unfortunately for him, there was nothing that could have been done. We love that March of Dimes funds research on stillbirth in addition to providing oodles of support for NICU families, community education, and reducing the rate of premature births. If our donation can help a family NOT have to experience the loss of a child, we are happy to give!
5. Molly Bears
Check them out here on facebook.
Molly Bears makes stuffed bears for families experiencing the loss of a baby. My baby that died weighed 7lb, 4oz...I am on the waiting list with Molly Bears. When my turn rolls around, they will send me a bear, FREE, that is weighted to the exact weight of my baby, 7lb, 4oz. That way I can have something to hold. It is a charity that I wish did not NEED to exist, but am so glad it does.
It costs them over $30 I think to make just one bear, so I try to send them donations from time to time to help keep their process going!
6. Samaritan's Purse
You are probably already familiar with Samaritan's Purse, at least through Operation Christmas Child (you know? Where you collect items and fill a shoe
box with school supplies, toys, and hygiene items for a child in need). Operation Christmas Child is put on by Samaritan's Purse.
SP has a lot of OTHER ways you can give too!
One year, in honor of my mom at Christmas, we donated money to the fund to buy a plush little lamb that plays "Jesus Loves Me" for a traumatized child. Mom got a card saying a lamb had been bought in her name. She loved it!
One year we funded the stocking of a fish pond in Africa (provides food and a source of income fora community) as a Christmas gift to my grandparents.
You can see all sorts of giving opportunities at their Gift Catalog.
Stay tuned for the rest of the list, and please, share what YOUR favorite charities are!