We’ve all heard about the Ronald McDonald House. The first one opened way back in 1974 and they have helped millions of families since then. The Ronald McDonald House is amazing. I personally know of one family they helped. Right now, they’re holding a drive to receive 4,200 donations before the end of the year. If you have some spare money, please consider donating to the Ronald McDonald House.
I love charities that support our troops and the USO is one of the biggest and best of these charities. Since today is the 69th Anniversary of the day that will live in infamy, I felt it was appropriate to showcase the USO. Help bring a little bit of home to our wonderful men and women who keep us safe.
Hope Safe House is right here in Racine. They do wonderful work with rescuing animals. Even if you can’t donate money to them, please keep this in mind: Don’t purchase a dog or cat from a pet store – no matter what they say, that dog is coming from a puppy mill.
I’ve written about Smile Train before (see here and here ). It is a wonderful organization that does teriffic work. When you’re thinking about where to send your charitable dollars, think about Smile Train.
I’m sure you all know the story of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, right? Danny Thomas prayed to St. Jude – the saint of hopeless causes – to help him along in his career. St. Jude always came through to him and Mr. Thomas made a promise to build a shrine to the saint. And, he did. In 1962, he opened St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a place where no child is ever turned away for not being able to afford the care.
You can read the whole story about Mr. Thomas and St. Jude here. You can go to the donation page here. Or, click the image below to be taken to St. Jude’s website.
This is my favorite charity. I love giving money every Christmas knowing that a sick kid will get a present that just might bring a smile to his or her face for just that little bit. I’m grateful that my beautiful grandsons are such healthy little guys. When they get a little older, I’ll teach them about this charity. Click the picture below for more info.
There’s a joke at work that I’m “bad” Julie and the other Julie in the department is “good” Julie. There are days when I have a tendency to agree, as she has done more charitable work in her young life than I have done in my old life.
On the other hand, I do give money every month to Smile Train, which is why I’m writing this today. Not to toot my own horn, but to make you, my gentle readers, aware of a great place to put your charitable dollars. I know, things are tough all over, but I’m sure some of you have a few spare dollars to give to an honorable charity.
In today’s world, you have to be careful just where your charitable dollar is going. There are a lot of charities out there where administrative costs and salaries eat up more than half of all the money donated. You don’t have to worry about that with Smile Train. As their site points out, 80.7% of their money goes to program services. Less than 2% goes to administrative costs and less than 20% goes to fund raising.
As quoted on their website, “Smile Train mission is focused on solving a single problem: cleft lip and palate.
Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where there are millions of children who are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly. Aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. And face very difficult lives filled with shame and isolation, pain and heartache.”
Smile Train not only provides the money and equipment for these life-changing surgeries, they provide the training so that local doctors can perform them. Training local doctors and nurses reduces costs.
And you don’t have to just believe me, see what Colin Powell says: