I just told Terri, a friend of the blog (as they might say on The Colbert Report) that I was trying to finish my list of 500 this month. She said “don’t try, just do it.” She makes a good point. Here’s some more additions. The first was Terri’s suggestion:
Locks of Love: You may have heard of this or contributed your own tresses to them. They collect donated ponytails and donate them to kids with a disease that causes them to lose their hair. Follow the link for directions on donating. Pantene Beautiful Lengths: This is a similar group. Hair donations here go to cancer patients who have lost their hair to chemo.
(Rapunzel could have donated a ton of hair…)
Also related to helping people with cancer, Cleaning for a Reason: This group donates their cleaning services to cancer patients, lessening the the things they have to worry about as they go through treatment. Thanks to Julie for giving us the heads up on that one. Add in charities helping sick kids and their loved ones: Ronald McDonald Houses, St Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Make a Wish Foundation.
One related to 9-11 which is tomorrow: Families of Freedom Fund gives scholarships to college students who lost loved ones or had loved ones disabled in the 9-11 attacks and subsequent rescue efforts. They’re a 4 star on Charity Navigator.
Here’s a group that my mom’s been involved with in the past – The Box Project – which gets volunteers to send boxes of needed items to other American families. Their stated mission: “To encourage and enrich the lives of families and individuals living in poverty in rural America by establishing meaningful relationships, promoting education, and offering material aid.”
Here are some fun ones: Birthday Wishes provides birthday parties for homeless kids. Playworks has a mission of “To improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.” They help poor areas get playgrounds, among other things. We’ve all heard of the Special Olympics , a worldwide program for helping special athletes attain their goals. Also in play, Harlem RBI. They endeavor “to provide inner-city youth with opportunities to Play, Learn and Grow. We use the power of teams to coach, teach and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.” Maybe a good chance to step up to the plate.
All right, so, these twelve plus the other day’s five is 17. 167 down, 333 to go. Somebody double check my math. 🙂
To be continued….