I was thinking about things I’d like for Christmas, even though I couldn’t possibly ask anyone to get me anything because I honestly don’t need anything that I don’t already have some version of. But what I think might be more helpful is if we spend our money and time helping each other.
Below are places that could use your help. The first thing listed being the most important. Please keep in mind that this is my own personal list and it’s only a few of the MANY things I care about. Other than the Philippine Red Cross, I have had direct involvement with the other organizations listed here and feel comfortable listing them. I may add more as the days go by and I remember things that aren’t coming to mind right now.
Philippine Red Cross
By now I hope you all know about Typhoon Haiyan and how it has devastated the Philippines. Thousands upon thousands are without homes, food, medical attention. People have lost not just possession, but loved ones. It’s incredibly heartbreaking. Please help or donate as much as you can.
Philippine Red Cross:
Seattle Children’s Hospital
The staff at Seattle Children’s are incredibly hard-working people. I know because I used to work there and many of them are some of my closest friends. They are dedicated to the mission of providing uncompensated care to children who need special medical help. Their research teams are doing their best to work toward eliminating pediatric illness. They are a nonprofit hospital and rely on donations, grants, and government funds. But we cannot underestimate individual giving. Please consider doing that.
Ways to help:
Seven Star Women’s Kung Fu
I can’t tell you how much this place rocks! I just finished my beginner’s cycle and am learning all kinds of awesome things. But most importantly, it’s a wonderful community focused on women’s well-being by strengthening your sense of self through self dense and kajukenbo kung fu. They run on the power of a steering committee and the volunteer time of their students. But like all nonprofit organizations, they can always accept more to better the facility and provide equipment. Please consider supporting a school that empowers women!
Your support goes to kick-ass women!
More about Seven Star:
White Center Food Bank
My friend manages the garden here. It’s amazing. I did not spend my childhood growing things or planting things on a regular basis. I helped out for a couple of weeks here with the garden, doing some watering and harvesting some food. The food I picked went directly onto a distribution table that qualifying families could then pick up and take home. Seeing that was incredible.
They can always use help:
More about White Center Food Bank:
Power 2 Give Puget Sound
I’ll be damned if I live my life without art. In whatever form it comes. I want access to programs and the space to have art, appreciate it, and share it. This site is specifically for organizations in the Puget Sound region. See what projects need help. As a bonus, corporate support is matching $1 for $1 !
Keep the arts alive:
More about ArtsFund, who is making this possible through Power 2 Give:
Other states with projects to sponsor through Power 2 Give (note, they may not have matching like some of the Puget Sound projects do):
Support the Samarya Center
Nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to the practice of yoga for well body, well mind. I’ve taken classes here and every one of them was a refreshing experience and mind-calming experience. It’s not just about bending your body. It’s also about being mindful about your actions.
Help them re-locate and support their transformation:
Visit their website for more about what they do: