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.