This Christmas, I’m giving my kids money to donate to a charity of their choice. It sounds like a simple idea, but I was overwhelmed! So many charities to choose from! And how would they be meaningful to my kids? So did some research.
First, I read through the list of charities that currently have the BBB National Charity Seal, just to feel confident that we are giving to legit organizations. Then, I looked through pictures I’ve taken of my kids in 2011 and tried to match the pictures up with charities. I was able to edit the huge list down to three charities per kid. And I even found one for our cousin Henrietta! Here’s 10 charities that match up with our 2011 memories. I hope this helps my kids feel a connection with the charity they choose. Maybe I’ll even give you a few ideas too! Hope it helps!
For Oscar: The Time He Rode the Carousel Twice in a Row 1 of 10Donate to Give Kids the World. Stated Purpose: "to provide children with life-threatening illnesses between the ages of 3 and 18 and their families the cost-free opportunity to visit and experience various Central Florida attractions."
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For Owen: The Time He Never Wanted to Wash His Lion Face Off 2 of 10Donate to The African Wildlife Foundation. Stated Purpose: "to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever."
Find out more about The African Wildlife Foundation
For Ella: Who LOVES School 3 of 10Donate to Adopt-A-Classroom. Stated Purpose: "to increase opportunity for student success by empowering teachers with community partners and funds to purchase resources for the classroom."
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For Oscar: For His Love of Gardening and Watching Plants Grow 4 of 10Donate to American Farmland Trust. Stated Purpose: "to help farmers and ranchers protect their land, produce a healthier environment and build successful communities."
Find out more about American Farmland Trust
For Owen: The Deep Thinker 5 of 10Donate to Academy of American Poets. Stated Purpose: "to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry."
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For Ella: The One Who Loves to Have a Good Time 6 of 10Donate to KaBOOM! Stated Purpose: "to help develop a country in which all children have, within their communities, access to equitable, fun and healthy play opportunities, with the participation and support of their families and peers."
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For Oscar: Who Would Wear His PJ’s All Day if I Would Let Him 7 of 10Donate to The Pajama Program. This charity provides new pajamas and books to needy children in the United States, and around the world, many who are waiting and hoping to be adopted.
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For Owen: Who Always Begs For a Pet 8 of 10Donate to Paws With a Cause. Stated Purpose: "to train assistance dogs nationally for people with disabilities, provide lifetime team support which encourages independence and promote awareness through education."
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For Ella: The Time She Listened to the Birds Sing in the Spring 9 of 10Donate to National Audubon Society. State Purpose: "to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity."
Find out more about The National Audubon Society
For Henrietta: The Time She Shouted For Joy on the Train 10 of 10Donate to Rails to Trails. Stated Purpose: "to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people."
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