I always love hearing of great organizations that bring a little joy into the lives of those less fortunate. Simple things that we take for granted - food, toys, school supplies, clothing - are items that so many others in the world are lacking. These charities are endeavouring to bring those things into the lives of children and families. If you have a few extra dollars this payday, consider these worthy causes:
88 Bikes is an organization that will buy a child in a developing country a bicycle. A simple thing - so much joy!
One of my all-time favourite charities is Heifer International. They supply everything from farm animals and school supplies to a well for a community.
Each year, I get together with my co-workers and collect new items to fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. These boxes filled with toys, school supplies, socks and whatever else we can squish in there, are sent to children all over the world.
Of course, we've heard alot lately about the devastating starvation occuring in the horn of Africa. There are many organizations working on relief efforts, including CARE and Doctors Without Borders.
Many are going through their own financial crisis these days, but it's amazing how good you feel if you just skip that latte and put the $5.00 towards helping someone else out. And it doesn't have to be across the world. Look next door - do your neighbours need anything? Can you donate extra paper and pens to your local school? Walk a dog at your local shelter? There is so much we can do (whether monetary or not) to spread the love!