Do most businesses donate?
- Many large companies make it a point to donate to a charity of their choice.
- Not only do they get to help someone in need, but it also provides a good tax right off.
What does it mean to give?
- It is a wonderful feeling when you realize that you have done something to help another human being.
- Children should experience the impact that they can have if they are able to make a difference in this world.
- As a buyer, you will have the opportunity to add a small amount onto the purchase price of your item and that portion will be donated.
- As a seller, you can donate a portion of your sales to a charity that you personally select.
Watch others benefit from your generosity!
- Stay tuned to find out how much money was raised.
- Take pride that you are making a difference in someone else’s life!
- Experience the feeling of helping others.
Our Favorite Charities…
WE DID OUR HOMEWORK AND FOUND SOME CHARITIES THAT WE BELIEVE TO BE VERY WORTHY CAUSES!
Those that were selected all involve the betterment of children in one form or another. Here is the current list and some information about each one. We hope that one of these will peak your interest and encourage you to donate as you make purchases and build your business. Get ready to make a difference in the life of someone else!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBSSA) is the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the United States. They serve over 220,000 six- to 18-year-old kids, with a goal of reaching one million by 2010.
BBBSA mentors work one-on-one with children, helping them improve their study habits, develop confidence, and learn to relate to adults. The relationship they mentor and child develop has a direct and measurable impact on the child’s life: children in the BBSSA program are less likely to use drugs, use illegal alcohol, and skip school. They also do better in their schoolwork and get along better with their families.
For more information about BBSSA, go to http://www.bbbsa.org/
Canines for Disabled Kids (CDK) is a relatively new charity, having begun only in 1998. This organization provides assistance dogs to children under age 12 who are autistic or have hearing or physical disabilities. Since its inception, CDK has placed sponsored over 90 assistance dogs. In addition to helping with the daily tasks of life, these assistance dogs provide companionship to the children and help them develop confidence and responsibility.
For more information about CDK, go to http://www.caninesforkids.org/
Since 1995, KaBOOM! has helped build more than 400 playgrounds, skate parks, ice rinks, and athletic fields in low-income areas around the United States. They have also helped renovate thousands of other play areas and provide training and expertise for communities that want to build their own playgrounds. They were instrumental in building 100 new playgrounds along the Gulf Coast after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck that area. For more information about KaBOOM!, visit http://www.kaboom.org/
Locks of Love uses real, donated hair to make high-quality hairpieces for children who have suffered hair loss due to medical conditions. Their mission is to return a sense of self-confidence and normalcy to these children. The hairpieces are provided free of charge or on a sliding scale, depending on the financial need of the recipient. More than 2,000 children in all 50 states and Canada have been helped by Locks of Love.
For more information about Locks of Love, go to http://www.locksoflove.org/
The Make-a-Wish Foundation is the world’s largest wish-granting organization. In 2007, they granted wishes to 13,006 children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions. Since its beginning in 1980, this organization has granted more than 165,000 wishes. From an afternoon spent as a police officer or fire fighter to a visit to Disney World, the 25,000 volunteers who are part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation give ill children their greatest wishes.
To learn how you can donate to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, visit http://www.wish.org/
March of Dimes is an organization dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Founded in 1938 as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, the original mission of the March of Dimes was to find a vaccine for polio and to care for polio victims. Since that initial success, it has also been instrumental in developing newborn screening tests, identifying healthy habits for pregnant women, pioneering fetal surgical techniques, and working to reduce premature births.
The name “March of Dimes” was coined because of an initial campaign that requested donors send dimes to help fund polio research. The name was officially changed in 1979.
One of the major fundraisers sponsored by the March of Dimes is the annual WalkAmerica, which has helped raise more than $1.7 billion since its inception in 1970.
For more information about the March of Dimes, visit http://www.marchofdimes.com/
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) seeks to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. They are probably most well known for their Ronald McDonald houses that provide a home away from home for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals. However, RMHC also has other programs:
A Ronald McDonald Family Room located near the pediatric areas of many hospitals. This room provides parents of children in the hospital a comfortable place to sit and relax.
Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles that bring medical, dental, and health education services to underserved children around the world.
Grants to help other not-for-profit organizations that serve children worldwide.
Scholarships to students entering college across the United States.
For more information, visit http://www.rmhc.org/
Special Olympics offers year-round training and competition in 30 Olympic-type sports to children and adults who have intellectual disabilities. They help participants
Improve their physical fitness and motor skills
Develop greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image
Discover new talents and abilities
Make new Friends
Become productive and respected members of society
Special Olympics serves 2.5 million people in over 180 countries. For more information, go to http://www.specialolympics.org/
St. Jude is a hospital located in Memphis, Tennessee that treats children with serious illnesses such as cancer, AIDS, and sickle cell anemia. In addition to the hospital, St. Jude also includes a research facility dedicated to raising the survival rate for many diseases. Because of research done at St. Jude, the survival rate for some pediatric cancers has increased from 20 to 70 percent.
Since its founding in 1962 by actor Danny Thomas, children from all 50 states and around the world have been treated at St. Jude. All told, St. Jude’s treats some 4,300 children a year — at no cost to their families. It is the third largest health care charity in the United States and has more than one million volunteers nationwide.
The primary funding arm for St. Jude is the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities. For more information about St. Jude, visit https://www.stjude.org
Toys for Tots is a mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. During October, November and December each year, Toys for Tots volunteers collect new, unwrapped toys in their community and distribute them as Christmas gifts to needy children in that same community.
Toys for Tots began Toys for Tots began in 1947 when Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The organization grew and spread to other communities, and in 2006, local Toys for Tots Coordinators distributed 19.2 million toys to 7.6 million needy children in 558 communities throughout all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. All told, the Toys for Tots program has distributed more than 370 million toys to more than 173 million needy children.
For more information about Toys for Tots, including how to volunteer or to donate money or toys, visit http://www.toysfortots.org/default.aspx
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