Yesterday was “Giving Tuesday” and today, Happy First Day of Advent! Today I would like to share with our readers a cause that is very near and dear to my heart.
Mend a Child’s Heart is the closest way I know of to give back to others what I was given when I was a small child. So many caring people were involved from pioneering cardiologists, medical researchers, nurses and blood donors from my childhood neighborhood and our church community. Every year I commit to doing my small part to help share the cost of mending another child’s heart in hope that they will also be given the gift of a long life. Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse provides me a way to fulfill this divine calling to the cause.
Here is the link to the Samaritan’s Purse Gift catalogue so you can find a really cool way to give to a individual who needs spiritual nourishment, to a mother who needs to build a future by learning a trade, to a community that needs a goat to provide milk or a chicken to lay eggs that can be shared with food insecure neighbors. It’s fun to browse the catalog because the small and interesting ways you can give are plentiful.
A donation of time to a non-profit organization is invaluable too and will cost you nothing in terms of dollars spent but knowing you have helped someone else or given hope to another person is rewarding in and of itself.
This Christmas, if you’d prefer to give others hope right in your neighborhood, many local churches have programs whereby you can donate toward a holiday dinner for a whole family for a gift of $10. You can drop all your spare change into a box at the grocery store or give a canned food item to a food pantry even if giving in big ways is difficult due to your own circumstances.
Here is an excellent article which gives tips on finding a charitable cause that is meaningful to you. If the cause truly connects with your heart, you will find a way to give to it even if it means sacrificing like giving up that premium cup of coffee from your favorite coffee vendor for a day or a year or a month. As Victor Hugo once said, “As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.”
Before this year comes to an end, I’d like to say thank you to my readers. I am grateful for every individual who has followed my writing. It’s my way of sowing a better world by giving hope to other people. It’s always my intention that my stories will warm someone else’s heart, or strike a heart string deep within.