Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Good Causes

This blog has no tip jar and runs no ads, and never will, for it is better to give than to receive.

Here are some worthy causes I like to give to, and maybe you will too:

The Smile Train.

Repairs cleft palates and facial deformities of children in godforsaken countries. Claims 100% of your donations go to the surgeries, because overhead and expenses are covered by their initial grants.

The free cleft surgery your donation will help provide, is a true, modern-day medical miracle: it costs as little as $250 and takes as little as 45 minutes.
One of the cheapest ways to immeasurably improve a life!

Then there's:

Sylvia's Haven.

A one-woman show, Sylvia Anthony has had a calling to provide shelter to battered and homeless women and their children in Massachusetts for 20 years.
Sylvia's Haven is a nonprofit housing facility that provides sanctuary, job training, and emotional and financial support for homeless women and their children... Women may remain for up to two years. At the end of this time, or sooner, a woman who is successfully employed and has an apartment or home may leave Sylvia's Haven, along with the furniture in her home, to begin an independent life.
And ways to support the troops in a more concrete form:

Soldier's Angels
Soldiers' Angels is an all volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Patti Patton-Bader, mother of Sgt. Brandon Varn, who recently returned home from a years deployment to Iraq...To date our volunteers have sent tens of thousands of care packages and hundreds of thousands of letters to our deployed heroes; we have helped those who have been wounded with our First Response Packs directly at the Combat and Support Hospitals (CASH) and at the major hospital in Germany, as well as providing care and comfort to those who are now in our military hospitals here at home; we have provided aid to military families in need; we have provided flights to soldiers on leave or in emergency situations and to their families to be with their loved ones upon return from Iraq and Afghanistan; we have provided level III KEVLAR Armor blankets to provide our heroes with some protection in their vehicles when it was needed; we help to honor the families whose loved ones have paid the ultimate price for our freedom and safety.


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