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It’s the last day of my 12 Days of Charitable Giving for 2020. Readers have suggested deserving charities over the past few weeks, and I’ll be posting the results here. Today’s charity is Halftime Gear. Okay, confession time and full disclosure: for years, all of the charities on the 12 Days lists have been nominated by readers. Except for this one. This was nominated by me. Let me explain. If you follow me on social media, you know that I have kids and those kids play sports. Some of those kids play two different sports. All of those sports cost money. And I’m going to be honest: I didn’t realize how much money kids’ sports cost until my own kids started playing. It is worlds of difference from when I used to play rec soccer as a little girl at Monk’s Corner in rural North Carolina. Today’s sports are hardcore,…

It’s the eleventh day of my 12 Days of Charitable Giving for 2020. Readers have suggested deserving charities over the past few weeks, and I’ll be posting the results here. Today’s charity is On My Team 16. Often, charities are started out of tragedy. This one grew out of hope. On My Team16 (OMT16) was inspired by Jack Sheridan, a baseball pitcher from Syracuse, NY. Jack was diagnosed with Leukemia on May 29th, 2014, his sophomore year of high school. Through the tremendous support and encouragement from extended family, friends, strangers, and the medical community, Jack was able to beat cancer after 3 ½ years of treatment. Jack is currently attending college and playing baseball at Le Moyne in Syracuse.You can find out more about Jack from this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHFn5AlPXrg&t=11s Jack’s fight inspired his sister, Jordan Zapisek (Sheridan), to start OMT16. She has experienced firsthand the positive impact that can result from…

It’s the tenth day of my 12 Days of Charitable Giving for 2020. Readers have suggested deserving charities over the past few weeks, and I’ll be posting the results here. Today’s charity is Change Is On The Menu.Change Is On The Menu is more of a rallying cry than a charity. Technically, the charity behind the campaign is the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). But our nominator was struck by the campaign, which rallies support and donations to help employees get back to building a future in the restaurant industry.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTpDJOp9gVk Here’s what the campaign aims to do: 100% of all donations go directly to help fund the Foundation’s industry-leading restaurant education and training programs including: Offering earn-while-you-learn apprenticeships in restaurant managementProviding justice-involved young adults with first-job skills and employment opportunitiesHelping military service members and veterans transition into restaurant careersPreparing high school students for jobs in culinary arts and restaurant managementAwarding scholarships to anyone pursuing a future…

It’s the ninth day of my 12 Days of Charitable Giving for 2020. Readers have suggested deserving charities over the past few weeks, and I’ll be posting the results here. Today’s charity is the Women’s Initiatives that Strengthen and Empower (WISE). WISE is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) dedicated to providing educational and vocational opportunities to families, displaced women, and children in developing countries. They work through local women’s centers, providing high school and college scholarships, support to displaced women, and vocational training. They currently work primarily in the sub-Saharan country of Zambia.Our nominator says she is “a firm believer in education as an equalizer, which is why I am impressed by the work that WISE is doing in Zambia.” She notes that “They work mostly in rural areas and provide opportunities for otherwise vulnerable and marginalized populations and she “especially like their focus on women and girls who are particularly…

It’s the eighth day of my 12 Days of Charitable Giving for 2020. Readers have suggested deserving charities over the past few weeks, and I’ll be posting the results here. Today’s charity is the National Law Center On Homelessness And Poverty (rebranding as the National Homelessness Law Center). The National Homelessness Law Center is the only national legal group dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness. NHLC operates programs across the United States that serve America’s more than 3.5 million homeless families, children, and individuals. NHLC believes that the right to adequate housing, healthcare, food, and education lies at the heart of human dignity and envisions a world where no one has to go without the basics of human survival. This has been especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynNyJMUfpKM So how can you help? You can make a donation by credit card by clicking over to the website. For federal income…

It’s the seventh day of my 12 Days of Charitable Giving for 2020. Readers have suggested deserving charities over the past few weeks, and I’ll be posting the results here. Today’s charity is Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research. Founded in 1999 as the Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research (renamed the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research in 2003), the Field Center employs a multidisciplinary approach through a collaboration of multiple graduate and undergraduate schools at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The Field Center seeks to promote fundamental reform, to motivate essential research and scholarship dedicated to children’s welfare, and to provide an interdisciplinary resource center assuring the highest quality of research, advocacy, and ethical pursuit of improvement of the systems protecting children at risk of abuse or neglect. Guided by the Schools of Social Policy & Practice,…

It’s the sixth day of my 12 Days of Charitable Giving for 2020. Readers have suggested deserving charities over the past few weeks, and I’ll be posting the results here. Today’s charity is The Ty Louis Campbell Foundation. The Ty Louis Campbell Foundation is a nonprofit organization (EIN: 45-1858390) that funds innovative research and clinical trials specifically geared toward the treatment of the most aggressive childhood cancers. Their mission is to help fund the intelligence and technology that will improve long-term survival rates and minimize side-effects for children diagnosed with the deadliest cancers, while helping to care for families when their child is in treatment by providing financial assistance and uplifting experiences.The organization’s inspiration, Ty Louis Campbell, the “best good boy in the whole wide world,” passed away on October 17, 2012, of childhood cancer. After Ty passed away, instead of gifts of flowers, his family asked his supporters to…

It’s the fifth day of my 12 Days of Charitable Giving for 2020. Readers have suggested deserving charities over the past few weeks, and I’ll be posting the results here. Today’s charity is One Simple Wish. One Simple Wish believes that every child deserves love, hope and joy. Every year nearly 500,000 children are impacted by abuse, neglect, and trauma and spend time in our nation’s foster care system. It can be lonely, confusing, and a bit scary. Through One Simple Wish’s innovative wish-granting platform, you can send some love to a child who needs it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79S3XTZdnUI One Simple Wish is an online platform that brings national awareness to the foster care system and empowers YOU to brighten the lives of thousands of children by granting their unique wishes. One Simple Wish works with over 700 social service agencies throughout the United States to collect wishes from kids in foster…

It’s the fourth day of my 12 Days of Charitable Giving for 2020. Readers have suggested deserving charities over the past few weeks, and I’ll be posting the results here. Today’s charity is World Central Kitchen. World Central Kitchen (WCK) was started by Chef Jose Andres and his wife, Patricia. Years ago, they dreamed of an organization that would use food to empower communities and strengthen economies. In 2020, Chef Andres and WCK sprang into action in communities around the United States and the world to meet the daily needs of families in need of a warm plate of food – and supported thousands of local restaurants in the process. They also responded to natural and manmade disasters in countries on five continents, from massive bushfires in Australia to a deadly explosion in Lebanon to devastating hurricanes in Central America. They provide fresh, not pre-packaged – meals to those in need. “That means…

It’s the third day of my 12 Days of Charitable Giving for 2020. Readers have suggested deserving charities over the past few weeks, and I’ll be posting the results here. Today’s charity is James Storehouse. James Storehouse partners with local public and private child welfare agencies to fulfill emergency requests to expedite safe placement of babies and children and assists aged-out youth as they transition. James Storehouse provides emergency resources in free boutiques and warehouse, and hosts life skills classes which foster emotional healing through restorative relationships. In 2019, James Storehouse provided emergency resources for 5,023 foster children and their caregivers in Ventura County and Los Angeles County. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTTwes90AUw Our nominator writes, “With the pandemic and increasing domestic violence under lockdowns, JS is also providing support for women who need to move out with their children – providing help with getting apartment rentals, furniture, supplies, etc. Supporting women in this…

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