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Giving - A Sorta Fairytale
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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Sun, Nov. 16th, 2008 09:55 pm
Giving

The King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."

~ Matthew 25:40, TNIV

A while back I posted a poll with several ideas for LJ posts that I had rolling around in my head, to see which my flist would most prefer to read. The topic of this post received the second-highest number of votes, and I think it an appropriate topic to bring up now, as we are entering the time of year when charitable giving is often on people's minds. Also, in hard times it's more important than ever to remember those who are in need—even if it's also more of a sacrifice to give.

Below is a brief description of three charitable organizations that I support and believe are worthy.


1. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Visit St. Jude's home page

St. Jude is a well-known hospital for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The hospital covers the costs of treatment beyond whatever insurance the child's family has, so no child is ever turned away based on the family's ability to pay for treatment. St. Jude also conducts cutting-edge research on cancer and a number of other diseases. If you wish to make a donation to St. Jude, or to sign up to give a monthly gift like I do, you may do so here. Also, during the holiday season, several companies partner with St. Jude to help raise money. You may also support St. Jude by adding on a donation at checkout or purchasing certain items from these companies.

2. World Vision

Visit World Vision's home page

World Vision is a well-known faith-based charity with an excellent reputation. They mostly provide poverty relief around the world, but they have a number of other programs as well, including disaster relief, HIV/AIDS treatment, rescuing sexually exploited children, and providing Bibles to post-Communist countries. One of the cool things about World Vision is that they allow you to donate to specific causes, based on what you care about. They are famous for their program that allows people to sponsor a child or a family living in poverty, but they have many, many other programs to which you could give a one-time donation.

3. The School of the Good Samaritan

Visit GSS Ministries' home page
Visit Metro Church's home page

The School of the Good Samaritan is a charitable Christian school in Catacamas, Honduras. Although Honduras has public education, many children are unable to attend because of fees for things like books and uniforms. The School of the Good Samaritan seeks to provide a Christian education to children who cannot afford public school. For $25 a month, the school is able to educate one child and also provide books, a uniform, and shoes for that child. Last I checked, the school still had 18 children in need of sponsors for this school year. I believe one-time donations may also be accepted, but if the work of this ministry appeals to you, I strongly recommend sponsoring a child. It's fun to receive periodic newsletters with photographs and updates about your child.


Of course, these are just a few of the organizations that do excellent charitable work. I hope you will consider carefully what you can do to help those in the world who are less fortunate.

<3
Joie

ETA: I'm almost finished with another Avatar re-watch entry. Will probably post it tomorrow.

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warrioreowyn
warrioreowyn
warrioreowyn
Mon, Nov. 17th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)

Thanks! That's a good thing to post about.

I like World Vision; I'm also a fan of the Mennonite Central Committee (which does similar things to World Vision) and the Carter Centre. School of the Good Samaritan looks like something I should check out.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Mon, Nov. 17th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)

Mennonite Central Committee

Yes! They do some cool stuff, too. My SIL was raised Mennonite, so she's told me about a few things; specifically, we came across a Ten Thousand Villages shop when we were out shopping one day, and she was really excited to find one in our area and explained to me what it was about.


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xray2000
xray2000
xray
Mon, Nov. 17th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)

I'd have been very annoyed with you had you listed United Way or Red Cross. I wouldn't give even a cent to those screwed up organizations. These you've listed look fantastic. I am a staunch advocate of giving to the smaller charities as the $$$ really gets to where you want it to go. (Although St. Jude isn't a small charity, it's certainly well respected and well run.)

My cousin volunteers with a church group and goes to Honduras (or is it Guatemala?) every year to do mission work.

I had never heard of World Vision but it looks like a very worthy charity. I don't have much to donate but I think I'll spread some of my earnings their way.

Thanks for the info!


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Mon, Nov. 17th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)

You're welcome!


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