I decided to sit down and write early today, while our grandson is still dozing after our day of exploring at Lake Mead that finished off with a Christmas Tree lighting in Boulder City.
Day 2 of Blogmas and I haven't quit yet...ok, to be honest I can usually make it through the first week of a writing challenge and I did make it all the way through Camp NaNoWriMo in the spring (although I was spending a lot of time around coffee shops and hospitals at the time so I had plenty of time to write.)
Thinking of that time is what helped me to choose one of the "2 Worthy Charities" of the "12 Days of Blogmas" challenge; Ronald McDonald House Charities.
While our family was not able to benefit from this charity (because there was not a location near the hospital where our grandson was in the NICU,) many families are able to stay in these amazing spaces while their children get the treatments they so badly need.
I can appreciate first hand what a difference it would make in a young family's life to have just one less thing to worry about on their already full plate. In our families case, our daughter and son-in-law stayed at a hotel near the hospital, using all of her carefully saved points in combination with a compassionate rate (that still took quite a bite out of their budget.) And it isn't only a matter of cost. Ronald McDonald Houses provide support and the resources families need when faced with the serious illness of a child.
One of the programs that stands out for me is the Home for Dinner volunteer program. You can join together a group of friends, co-workers, or family and not only donate the cost of a meal but also volunteer and prepare the meal. Having a delicious, home-cooked meal after spending a day at the hospital helps ease the burden of cooking a meal and allows families to spend their precious time resting and recharging. Something that is badly needed.
My second worthy charity is another that works with children who have been diagnosed with life-threatening conditions, the Make-a-Wish Foundation. There are local branches across the U.S. and Canada who work to enrich the lives of these children with the assistance of many volunteers.
The mission of Make-A-Wish Canada is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.I have volunteered with this group in the past and am always amazed at the stories of the children and families. Hearing how having their "wishes" granted never fails to bring a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye (I am always emotional, just ask my family!)
Right now, thanks to Disney, you can help out Make-a-Wish by sharing your ears on social media. From November 30 - December 25, Disney Parks will donate $5 to Make-a-Wish, up to $1 million for every ear photo shared online with the hashtag #shareyourears
I don't know about you but if I can cause a company to donate to a cause I believe in with no cost and very little effort on my part, well, it's a no-brainer.
So these are my two worthy charities for the second day of Blogmas. I hope you'll find them worthy too.