Number 10 on my list of 100 Things I want to do Before I Die is to give money to some kind of charity every year. I guess this falls under the broader category of “giving back” to the world, or more specifically, giving back to God for everything He gives me. To everything there is a season, a time to give and a time to receive. I get that. But I feel as if I’ve spent more than enough time receiving. I’d really love to give, at least for a while.
Which charities or groups would I like to give to?
I’ve long had a dream of helping kids who want to pursue the arts but can’t afford the classes, whether it’s dance, art, writing, or music. There are millions of kids in this world who were blessed with gifts who can’t pursue their dreams and hone their God-given talents, and with public school funding being cut at alarming rates, guess what suffers most? If teachers are having to pay out-of-pocket for school supplies for the fundamentals it’s a safe bet that art supplies aren’t going to be high on anyone’s priority list.
Operation Hug-A-Hero. This non-profit organization makes dolls for children of deployed soldiers, but not just any doll. These dolls are made using a picture of mom or dad in uniform, so the kids can snuggle up with the parent who’s gone. My granddaughters love their daddy dolls, and I would love to make it possible for even more children to get them when their parents are away.
Cell Phones for Soldiers. When my son-in-law is deployed, nothing means more to my daughter than his phone calls. My son-in-law has told me about a base here in the US where retired military meet incoming and outbound planes and provide cell phones so the deployed soldiers can call home, and it’s very clear how much that means to our military members.
The March of Dimes, a non-profit organization that provides help and research to benefit premature babies and their families. This is a cause that’s close to my heart because I’ve seen first-hand how stressful and frightening it can be to have a child born way too early. My oldest granddaughter didn’t even know how to swallow or breathe when she was born. We usually consider those things the most basic of instincts, but for my granddaughter, it’s all learned behavior. I thank God every day for the technology we have today and for the doctors and nurses who have dedicated their lives to helping premature babies.
So there you have it: the charities closest to my heart. The causes I most want to be able to give to every year for the rest of my life. What are your favorite causes?