Brother, can you spare a dime? (a.k.a. a time to give…)

Or 5 dollars?

Or ten pounds?

Or a few minutes of your precious time?

The internet, in its great and mysterious wonder, allows us to read about things we might never have known about. It makes the world a smaller place. For me, it opens up places and experiences and friendships I would not have experienced had I just stayed in my little insular box, without venturing out into the blogosphere and beyond.

One of my passions is giving….time, money, prayers, whatever. I’ve mentioned recently that I’m praying for Stellan, and in fact he’s just one of a passel of people I pray for and think of (Bentley, Makenna, Owen, Angie, to name but a few), many of whom I first found on links through the wonderful Kelly‘s blog (she’s such a star, such a loving heart!). It’s a privelege to be able to support these families in this way, through tough times, through smiles and worries and tears and things I know I’d crumble in the face of. Their blogs frequently reduce me to tears, raise great big toothy grins, or simply make me think and ponder the wonder that is life. It’s a major blessing, and to pray for them and think of them is a power and a joy.

But sometimes, I like to do more.

I’m a fan of charity. I like to give. I think we can all give a little and make a lot of difference (which is lucky, given these tricky financial times). So, if you’ll bear with me, here are three charity pleas I’ve found recently where your donation, however small, could make a big difference.

TO SWEETEN THE DEAL… Not that you need it, but I believe generosity should be rewarded! I can’t give much, but anyone who gives money to any of these three things and lets me know via comment or email, I promise to mail them a thank you card, or a nice candy bar, or a cute hairclip, or *something* (I really do love to give :-)). It would be something bigger, but I know how generous you guys can be! 🙂

So, the three things I would love you to donate to, if your circumstances permit, are….

1. My friends Kieran, Richard, and Dan are doing the ‘Scumball Rally’ (driving an old banger *somewhere* in Europe!) later this month, to raise money for CHASE Children’s Hospices. Having worked with terminally ill children and their families before, I am all too aware of the beautiful, inspiring work that hospices do. I would love to see them reach their target.

To read more and/or to donate to their cause, please click here.

2. My friend Jane brought this next one to my attention. Casa Lar is a home for disabled boys in a favella on the outskirts of Rio, Brazil. Staff and volunteers look after these precious boys, and the global recession is really hitting them hard. They desperately need money to keep afloat, for the basic necessities of food, nappies, clean water…

To read more and/or to donate to this cause, please click here.

3. Et finallement….beautiful baby Bentley is one of the wee ones I pray for and think of often. Her mommy, Crystal, is selling wristbands to raise funds, and I think it’s a marvellous idea! I’m ordering a few ‘I Heart Bentley’ wristbands – I think they are hyper cute for spring/summer and beyond! Please do go over to Crystal’s blog to read more about Bentley’s condition, her wonderful family, and how you might be able to help.

I know many of you might not be able to help…I understand some of you won’t want to help…but these are just three things that I wanted to mention, in case you felt like giving today. Please don’t feel any pressure, I just think sometimes it’s being asked which enables us to give. That’s what I hope this may do. As I said, if you do, comment and/or email me up, and I’ll be sure to send you something to say thank you…together, we could make a real difference.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.



  1. sues2u2
    9th April 2009 / 3:29 am

    Thank you for your kind words. It was very sweet. And love that Stellan! & all of the rest of those that are hurting in any way. We used to live in the Midlands. Actually we were in Buckingham & Bicester. For about 3 yrs whilst Hubby was stationed there w/ the USAF. Loved it!

  2. Christine
    9th April 2009 / 3:30 am

    What amamzing children! Your heart is so big Claire! I got your card in the mail! Thank you so much!

  3. Riot Kitty
    9th April 2009 / 5:14 am

    I posted a request on my blog awhile back and got no donations – wah! But I will check these out. It is very sweet of you to put this up on behalf of everyone…

  4. Claire
    9th April 2009 / 11:41 am

    Sue: Thanks for the lovely comment! I know Bucks and Bicester well, totally my neck of the woods.Christine: I’m glad it got there! :-)RK: Oh, that’s a shame, honey. I’m sorry I missed it, that’s for sure! Thank you so much for your donations! You are a wee star :-).

  5. darcknyt
    9th April 2009 / 3:13 pm

    You have such an amazing heart. Thank you for sharing it with the world. It’s such a beacon in a dark and frightening world.God bless you.

  6. Riot Kitty
    9th April 2009 / 5:04 pm

    There is still time to donate to my cause 🙂 E-mail me – ml_madison@yahoo.comAnyway – I am somewhat broke but Mr. RK and I did 2 out of 3 in honor of my parents’ wedding anniversary this Friday, instead of sending flowers. They were thrilled!Thanks so much for posting this – you are such a sweetie! Good karma for you for sure!

  7. E @ Scottsville
    10th April 2009 / 12:29 am

    Love your Giving Spirit!!

  8. Sparkling Red
    11th April 2009 / 8:07 pm

    Thank you for encouraging us all to give. Lately I’ve been saving less and giving more because I know most people are doing the opposite. There are a lot of good causes – it can be overwhelming. But doing something is always better than doing nothing.

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