Five on Friday: Thanks and Giving

‘Tis the season for giving! Over the past month, I’ve watch so many people talk about what they are thankful for and today I am asking to show your thanks in another way—with your wallets.

Growing up my parent instilled a strong charitable streak in my sister and I—either by give of yourself or by giving financially. They sent us to a high school which strengthen the “giving back” bug through a community service corp. Holidays were (and still are) about giving. Laura spent four Christmas Eves delivering gifts through the Archdiocese’s Operation Santa Claus program, I spent time with the Chruch’s youth group preparing Thanksgiving baskets for families in need.

The internet has made giving back so easy, you don’t even need a stamp. So I guess what I am trying to say is, include a donate into your Christmas giving. To be completely cliche, every little bit helps.

Now on to the Five on Friday!

1. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


Junior year I participated in Up ‘til Dawn for St. Jude and since then have regularly donated to St. Jude’s during their Thanks and Giving campaign. This year a family member’s son received treatment from St. Jude’s and even became one of their calendar boys (Mr. January!). Reading about the experience Carter had at St. Jude’s makes my desire to donate to St. Jude’s stronger.

St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility. Discoveries made here have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. With research and patient care under one roof, St. Jude is where some of today’s most gifted researchers are able to do science more quickly.

Please consider donating through their website or even at a store where they are asking for donations. CVS makes it’s so easy, you can donate $1-$3 at the register.

2. MS Society


A few years ago when I met Michele, she told me about a fundraiser she organized with Boscov’s and asked me to come visit. She was selling hot dogs and soft pretzels in front of their store to benefit the MS Society. Michele will do just about anything to raise money for this cause– from selling beads in the Phillies parking lot to biking 100 miles. You name it, she’s going to try to raise money from it. The MS Society wasn’t on my radar then but it is now. Today, there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, and with a diagnosis occurring most frequently between the ages of 20 and 50, many individuals face a lifetime filled with unpredictability. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will use funds collected from the MS Walk to not only support research for a cure tomorrow, but also to provide programs which address the needs of people living with MS today.

3. Sesame Workshopimages

Sesame Street has touched everyone– at some point, we all learned a few letters from Big Bird.  Sesame Workshop uses the funding we recieve from various sources to develop and produce educational programs and intiatives that help children around the world learn and grow; these projects produce meaningful, mesaurable, and lasting differences in chidlren’s lives.

4. American Cancer Society


Cancer has affected too many people I know and love. For nearly 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we’re helping people stay well, helping people get well, finding cures, and fighting back against cancer. The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

5. PhilabundanceimagesCA1V569P

Over the years, I’ve learned donating to Philabundance is so simple– you can donate financially, with food, or with time.  In college, we donated with time and now I donate with food and money.  There is no single solution to food poverty, but there are immediate steps and long-term strategies that make a definitive impact in the communities Philabundance serves. Philabundance can respond to the critical needs of the Delaware Valley by increasing access to emergency food for those who need it most. In addition, by addressing the issue of food poverty, we are also strengthening the hunger safety net for future generations by improving access to food assistance resources..

Side note: I know you were all expecting another Livin’ La Vida Living Room update but I’ve been away for business and didn’t have time to edit my pictures before I left. Good news—three of the six posts about the room are done!!




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