My mother used to always tell me, ‘Charity begins at home.’ It was a credo of the faith I was raised in, and I never really understood it until recently.
A few months ago, my Other Mom (I’ve called Bren’s mother Mom pretty much from the start) was talking about an article she read about marital happiness, and how happy couples don’t ‘keep track’. It dawned on me that this is what the motto above truly meant. Charity is love, and when you love someone… you don’t keep track of all the times they’ve hurt your feelings, or done the dishes, or put the toilet seat down. You just… love them.
As tax refunds start rolling in and we all begin looking at the shiny things we’ve been craving, I feel like it’s a good time to send some of that charity outside of the home. (I am bad at segues, forgive me!)
The American Cancer Society is currently hosting Daffodil Days. Your donation sends cut daffodils or teddy bears (or both!) to cancer patients to brighten their day with hope. If you can locate a coordinator near you (the link is for my employer), you can also buy potted daffodil plants, and the proceeds go to the ACS. I’ve lost loved ones to cancer, and one of my dearest friends works in cancer research. This is a cause I am delighted to support.
Another person dear to my heart is raising money for the Illinois Special Olympics. This is his third year(?) doing a polar plunge for charity, and I wish I could be there to cheer him on. This is another organization I am very pleased to support.
Is there a non profit that’s near and dear to -your- heart? I have a few more discretionary dollars I’d like to send to a worthwhile cause. Let me know in the comments!