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Help Me Pick a Charity?

December 11th, 2009 · 7 Comments

Santa collecting donations to charityMy Personal Commitment to Charity

Many years ago I made a commitment to myself to donate more money to charity than the previous year.  While it is still a modest amount of money I have kept that commitment every year and I will do it again this year.

One charity I have donated to consistently to is So Others May Eat (SOME).  I like SOME because their mission is not simply to feed people, it is to help them grow.

We help break the cycle of homelessness by offering services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling, to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness.  – From SOME’s mission statement

You know the saying, “teach a person to fish and they eat for  a lifetime.”  I am against handing people fish, teach them to fish and that is something I can really support.

Help Me Pick a Charity

This year I have decided to add a new charity to my list.  You, my readers, get to help me decide.  Let me know about your favorite charity.  Tell me how it is both for a good cause and how they are effective at serving that cause.

So here are the rules.  Simply leave a comment with the reason you think I should donate to your favorite charity.  The charity that receives the  most compelling reason as to why they are the best will get a donation this year.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sire (53 comments.) // Dec 12, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I’m not sure about what charities you guys have out there, and I don’t actually try to outdo myself every year.

    Still, I’ve been supporting two kids from World Vision for some 20 years. I think they do a great job. Also, because my son used to have seizures when he was a baby, I have always supported the Epilepsy association.

    I’m sure that no matter what group you support they will appreciate it a whole lot.
    .-= Sire´s last blog ..A Recap On My Hottest Poems =-.

  • 2 Richard Stabile Bergen County Real Estate (2 comments.) // Dec 15, 2009 at 12:54 am

    I believe in charity totally. One the best things is, to ask your local welfare person. They are usually found in the local food pantry. They can help you find local people who really need help. They usually know exactly what they need.
    Here there is no administration, you get what they want and give it to them. Most of the time, it is anonymous.

  • 3 Rose (1 comments.) // Dec 15, 2009 at 3:16 am

    You know I could name a number of charities that need your donation, but why not donate to a charity in your own community.

    If you have your heart set on us choosing for you then I’d have to say Hugs & Hope.

    I know all too well what it is like to stand by and watch a child battle a life threatening illness.

    In 1992, my daughter Katie was born with a rare heart disease. She underwent heart surgery at the age of five weeks. Sadly, she did not make the operation.

    “The Hugs & Hope Club for Sick Kids was created by Marsha Jordan in October 2000, as a ministry of encouragement for children battling critical illness. Every month Hugs & hope features new stories and photos of sick children on their website. Visitors and volunteers pray for, encourage, and send these children cheery postal mail (a.k.a.”happy mail”). Volunteers also sponsor many special projects to brighten the lives of the children on a regular basis! ”

    Visit hugsandhope.org and make a sick child’s Christmas a little brighter.
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..Naughty Christmas Ornaments-Pornament =-.

  • 4 Mitch (12 comments.) // Dec 15, 2009 at 11:05 am

    This is a tough one. Usually I support charities that have something to do with me personally in some fashion. Therefore, the three I’d select from concern diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. If I could only pick one, I’d probably pick cancer, since it’s the most enigmatic.
    .-= Mitch´s last blog ..It Pays To Be Bad Sometimes =-.

  • 5 Alfred Singer - Singer Realty Inc. (1 comments.) // Dec 15, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    I suggest Manna House, Inc., at 435 E 25th Street, Baltimore MD 21218 (telephone 410-889-3298; website mannahouseinc.org). This organization is run by a wonderful Executive Director, Esther Reaves. They have a soup drop-in center, housing assistance, counselling, meals, etc. One local landlord even donated the use of an apartment for transitional housing for the homeless!

  • 6 Petra Weiss (2 comments.) // Dec 22, 2009 at 11:10 am

    I don’t know what kind of charities you have where you are, but what I do is sponsor a child through World Vision. I think that is a great cause because through World Vision the child and their family get help with their basic live needs and education. It is a monthly commitment, but I believe it is totally worth it.
    .-= Petra Weiss´s last blog ..SEO Contest Finished – Learn From The Results =-.

  • 7 Ned // Dec 22, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    That sounds like a good one Petra. I will check them out.

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