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