This is, of course, the time of giving, and I thought I would let you know about a couple of charities that I like and invite you to share in the comments section any recommended charities or favorite causes that you want our readers to know about.
I’d like to emphasize that there’s no pressure from me to contribute to these particular charities – or any at all – I know some of you are struggling to make ends meet. I just thought I’d highlight a couple in case your looking for somewhere to give. There are so many good causes out there, I think many people don’t give because it’s hard to make a choice. So perhaps this will help.
1. The Veterans’ National Home for Children assists struggling military families. One of the hardest things for me to watch as our men and women go off to war is the hardship this puts on their families. This charity was established in 1925 to help. From its website:
Veterans’ children who need a place to live, learn and grow will find a loving and supportive environment at the VFW National Home for Children. In our state-licensed Residential Program, children may live at the National Home their entire childhood through college, but a family member always retains guardianship.
Today’s military, National Guard and Reserve members have a safety net during periods of deployment. If a “family plan” falls through, the National Home may be able to house and care for their children. This program can also assist a spouse with children to meet goals and strengthen the family.
2. David Blicksilver is a young cousin of mine who has bravery and determination equal to any of our military warriors. He has since birth had to endure difficulty and pain of a rare congenital bone condition and the many surgeries he has had to try to correct it. And yet, he barrels ahead through life as if not encumbered and pain-free, with a cheerful optimism that is an inspiration to our whole family.
His father Owen Blicksilver established a charity at the Hospital for Special Surgery, where David has been treated. The fund aids helps children who need financial help to receive badly needed care at the hospital, which is devoted to orthopedics and rheumatology.
3. Finally, I’m a confirmed animal lover and I believe our world is not right if they can’t thrive as well, and that we must also act on our obligation to reduce cruelty directed their way.
One of my passions is the tiger, a species that has steadily seen its claim to a place on earth erode as hunters take their trophies, civilization encroaches, and the cats are killed and their carcasses used to provide nonsensical tonics that have as much to do with status as a true belief that they promote wellness.
Save the Tigers Now is devoted to preserving the three thousand or so tigers left in the wild and expanding their numbers. I believe this sublime, fearsome and beautiful animals must be saved.
As long as none of them thanks me in person.
So thank you for considering these charities. I look forward to seeing your suggestions too in the comments section.