As part of this Month of Giving (read more about it here), I've chosen a charity to donate to each of the four weeks. 10% of all online sales for Right Collection will go to these groups and no matter what the dollar amount, any bit helps. So if you were planning some holiday shopping, I hope you'll think of Right Collection.
November 6 - November 12The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
This one is especially close to my heart as we lost my dad to leukemia. I trained for and ran a marathon with Team in Training in his honor, and volunteered with a local chapter for a while. It's a great organization that invests 75% of funds directly to research and patient programs, with only 10% covering admin and 15% going towards fundraising. Cancer sucks - we can help push research forward.
November 13 - 19Americans for the Arts
Kids should be exposed to all topics and fields in school. Sometimes music or painting or theater is the only thing that makes sense to a kid and the perfect avenue for self-expression and a sense of belonging. I loved my art and writing classes and wish I was exposed to more music at a younger age. So it breaks my heart to think some kids won't experience that awe-inspiring feeling of creativity and possibility, due to dwindling arts cirriculum. Let's give kids the chance to explore creativity on top of more standard classes.
November 20 - 26Feeding America
I love food. Actually, I love eating (not a great cook). It's such an experience and to share it with others is memorable. I also feel really grateful to be able to choose organic foods and fresh produce and not really worry too hard about the cost. Compare that to folks in the US who can't even afford basic necessities and feed their kids. Feeding America is a nationwide network of food banks plus efforts to rally people behind the cause.
November 27 - December 3American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Because I love my dog and animals in general. The ASPCA was the first humane society to be established in North America, in 1866. Through animal rescue, a network of animal shelters, and community education, the ASPCA helps protect our animal friends who can't speak up for themselves. I usually support my local chapter (and you can, too), but this year, I'll go for the national branch to encourage everyone to contribute.
There are a few other charities we love so just want to mention them, too:
Heifer International - Heifer.org
Donates live animals and education to families in developing countries to build their own thriving farms and improve the economic condition of their villages.
St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital - StJude.org
I don't have children but I cannot imagine being a parent with a child facing cancer. Where do you even begin, monetarily and with the tons of info out there? St. Jude's provides treatment for free. It makes me tear up every time I think about it.
Toys for Tots - ToysForTots.org
You've probably heard of this, as many local businesses conduct a toy drive each holiday for underprivileged kids. Yes, I don't think material things should be the focus of the holiday, but a kid should have something wonderful from Santa on Christmas morning.
Money is not the only way to give back to organizations that you appreciate but this seemed like a logical way for me to contribute. Thank you for considering Right Collection for your holiday shopping and together, we can do a little good for others, too.