Thursday, November 23, 2017

Gratitude #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday If you are looking to make a contribution to charity this year, I am simply putting an alphabetical list together for you to pass along.

Some of these charities were in our life for a brief moment, while others remain a huge part of our lives.  Some also receive funding from federal and other large sources, while others are grass roots start ups.  Each serves a very specific purpose and none of these charities overlap in the purpose they serve.

I encourage you to learn about each of these great organizations for yourself and pass along this list of resources to any family/child that might be looking for a connection in our community:
Athletes Helping Athletes- National
Austin Miracle League
Camp John Marc- Texas
Cheyanna’s Champions 4 Children (CC4C)- Austin
Dell Children’s Medical Center- Miracle Network
Disabiliy Rights Texas
Lake Travis Lions Club
Life Rolls On- National
Little Lobbiests- National
Make A Wish Central & South Texas
Morgan’s Wonderland- San Antonio
Protect TX Fragile Kids (PTFK)
Red Arena- Austin
Ronald McDonald House Charities Central Texas
Shriners Hospital- National
Special Olympics Texas
Spina Bifida Association- National
Spina Bifida Texas
Texas Parent to Parent
The Lion League- Texas

Recently, I read commentary about how many cents of each dollar donation actually goes to charity and not administrative profits.  The commentary was disheartening.  It can be discouraging when you think that the money that you give isn't being put to good use.  These charities put your donations to good use.

We have been extremely blessed the past eight years by many charities that do mighty good works.  Due to Hayden's many surgeries and diagnosis, we have had the opportunity to meet some of the best human beings our society has to offer.  We will have a lifetime of indebtedness and gratitude for the goodness that has been shared with us.

On this day of Thanksgiving, we are very thankful.  Today we celebrated a two year anniversary from graduating from our 7 weeks at feeding therapy in Baltimore at John's Hopkins's Childrens' hospital, Kennedy Kreiger.  We all had dinner together and felt true joy that can only be understood by someone that has worked on feeding issues for 8 years.  Happy Thanksgiving to you all!