In a season that is becoming less and less about giving, I wanted to take a moment to express myself on something that is very important to meâ€¦ charity. I am a believer in giving if and when you can, even if the only thing you can give is a smile. I make it a point to donate clothes at the end of each season, donate to animal foundations, and give money or food to the homeless when I can. There are so many charities out there and you canâ€™t give to all of them, so who do you give to and why? What causes do you connect with?
This holiday season, I asked my family to donate to charities in my name instead of giving me material things. My boyfriend and I are doing the same. Iâ€™ll donate to the charity of his choice and heâ€™ll donate to mine. This season think about what you can giveâ€¦ truly give to help others. Not only will you make someone else smile or feel good, youâ€™ll create a positive ripple effect for your soul.
Here is a list of my favorite charities and non-profits:
One Kind Step
African Wildlife Foundation
Girls On the Run
The Gentle Barn
L.A. Family Housing
American Cancer Society
If you happen to see a gofundme.com for someoneâ€™s dogâ€™s vet bills or a little boy needing medical expenses, that is also a great opportunity to give. People have trouble asking for help; so if someone swallowed their pride and started a crowd funding campaign, try to help them out with whatever you can. A little goes a long way.