I’m doing things a bit different around here this week! I’m kicking things off with my weekly blogparty, rather then ending with it because this party is going to be different. Instead of linking up posts about HOPE I’m going to ask you to introduce your favorite charities, those organizations who are actively bringing hope and possibility to the people and places that matter most to us.
At the end of the week Bliss Habits will be donating $250 to one randomly selected charity from the entries received.
To make things easy to enter, I’m asking only that you leave a comment on this post which tells us all about the organization you’d like to see receive the money. Include a link and anything you’d like to share about your personal story, why you choose the organization you do and what difference the $250 dollars could make. It is my hope that even if your selection isn’t chosen as the winner, you will help raise awareness and perhaps even a donation from another reader.
I am also trying out a rafflecopter widget so you ambitious types can get more entries every day! You do not have to participate in the rafflecopter options to enter, but doing so will allow you additional entries every day.
Let’s make a difference and spread some HOPE this week!!
I already support these charities regularly but in the spirit of spreading awareness
One of my favorite organizations. My family and I have been gifting each other “flocks of geese, goats and pigs” for years! Our gifts deliver much needed farm animals to people who benefit most. Inspiring stories abound on their website. This is from their website regarding the remarkable $20 gift of Geese:
Geese Get Results
Geese make a great gift, and here’s why: Since some geese can lay up to 75 eggs a year the benefits add up quickly for families in desperate need of protein and a means of income. Geese are easy to care for because they don’t require much shelter and can adapt to hot, wet or cold weather. Geese can also find a good portion of their food by themselves, and they efficiently dispose of weed seeds and gobble up insects, slugs and snails.
Best of all, geese are highly efficient producers of animal protein. And they’re vigilant “watchdogs,” loudly warning when uninvited guests arrive at the homestead.
Heifer’s model spreads throughout communities as recipients pass on the gifts of animals and offspring – creating a sustainable cycle of hope and change.
Matt Damon loves this organization so I do too. OK, so that isn’t my real reason. Water is one of the earth’s most precious resources and I believe one of the easiest and most productive ways to help people is to make sure that they have access to clean, safe water. It is actually possible . A $25 dollar gift here insures that one person has drinkable water – for LIFE! One gift gives for someones entire lifetime, now that is making a difference! Some basic information from their website:
Each day, many millions of people in developing countries must walk long distances to get the water they need for drinking, cooking, and bathing. Often, this water is contaminated. Water.org, co-founded by Matt Damon and Gary White, helps people in developing countries obtain safe drinking water and basic sanitation (toilets). Working in partnership with those in need, Water.org has transformed hundreds of communities in eight countries – Bangladesh, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, Guatemala, India, Kenya, and the Philippines – with access to a safe, reliable source of water and basic sanitation.
On average, worldwide it only costs $25 to provide someone water for life. Costs for improved sanitation is even less. How far will you go?
My Dad died from prostate cancer, my grandmother had ovarian and lung cancer both of which contributed to her death, everyone knows someone who has died from this rotten disease. Keeping research dollars flowing will be the key to curing this disease.
American Cancer Society Funding
Funding by the American Cancer Society of some of the country’s most talented and innovative scientist researchers, the Society is proving its dedication to finding cures and fighting back against a disease that has taken too much.
Donating directly to the American Cancer Society and not by buying “Pink Products” is the best way to insure the dollars you give are used as you intend.
Now it is your turn.
Who would you give the $250 to if you were lucky enough to win? What HOPE organization would you like to bring awareness to? Leave a comment below to enter!