I'm checking in today because I want to remind everyone about #GivingTuesday. What an awesome thing-- a response to our consumer crazed shopping of the last week in the form of an opportunity to support some truly wonderful organizations.
There are SO many out there, which is great, but also sometimes hard to sort through. So I thought I'd give you a quick rundown of a few groups that have made a difference in my life this year.
Like so many of you, I am very fortunate. I have not been on the receiving end of charitable services...but boy have these organizations given me a lot. That's the beauty of donating your time and/or money. I *guarantee* it will be better than any gift you find under a tree.
The picture above is from an event a few weeks ago. I served as emcee and Dr. Tim Jordan spoke to a an incredible group of women (and one man!) eager to make a difference in their daughters' lives.
To make this as short as possible-- GITK is a group that puts on a speaker series for preteen girls and their moms/caregivers. They learn from the experts (doctors, police officers, psychologists) about everything from puberty to personal safety...from body image to being a good friend. SO cool. I encourage you to watch the video about it below. Really well-produced and a great snapshot of what GITK is all about.
You can donate here: http://girlsintheknow.org/get-involved/donate/
And here's what I did: https://www.etsy.com/listing/211144019/power-pack-notecards-set-of-four
Every purchase benefits GITK. I can't wait to give this beautiful stationery to loved ones this Christmas!
Alright, next up! ....
I just learned about this amazing non-profit about a month ago. (Hands down one of my favorite parts of my job is getting to spread the word about all the wonderful work people do for total strangers. There is so much good in this world!) So I stopped by an elementary school in North St. Louis on a very cold day to meet some kids who greatly benefit from Little Bit. One of the organizers mentioned to me that this particular day alone, five kids showed up to school without coats. Heartbreaking. But this group is committed to making sure the kids they serve have everything they need to be successful in school. What makes it even more special-- they do it with dignity. I got to see firsthand the looks on the kids' faces when they picked out a coat and a loving volunteer helped them try it on. Then they get to pick a matching scarf and gloves. Tearjerker status, trust me!
Here's the story I did on the organization: http://www.kmov.com/news/local/Cold-weather-causes-spike-in-calls-to-local-charities--283171181.html
(I also plan to start volunteering there when things settle down a bit. Hold me to it!)
Please consider giving your time or talents (or cash!) to Little Bit. I know it will go to good use. As they say, every little bit counts!
Donate here: http://www.thelittlebitfoundation.org/
And last but certainly not least....
The people standing beside me in this picture are my heroes! They helped the Crisis Nursery staff organize the event that ended up raising $92,000 for local children in need. I emceed the luncheon and let me tell you, I had to hold back tears multiple times.
Many of you know about the Crisis Nursery--the folks there offer a 24/7 safe haven for kids no matter what the circumstances. I interviewed the Executive Director in my first year on the job and I will never forget what she told me about children who are abused. She said no parent ever wants or plans to hurt her child. It is the profound stress of life circumstances that leads up to abuse and Crisis Nursery is there to make sure it doesn't get to that point. I can only imagine the patience and empathy the folks at the Crisis Nursery employ every single day.
This year they are granting holiday wishes for 1,700 kids in St. Louis. They still need help though--as of now 25 families will not get a Christmas this year.
If you can, please donate here: http://www.crisisnurserykids.org/