Season of Giving
Around Christmas many of you make an effort to do a little more for others. There are countless organizations doing good things who need our support, and so the editors at Road Trips for Families wanted to take a moment to shine the spotlight on a few of the organizations we believe in. Each editor has chosen one, and we hope you will take a moment and check them out. Feel free to share your favorites with us in the comments below.
Plant With Purpose
(Matt Forster, Road Trips Dad)
Last year I edited a book by Scott Sabin, the executive director of Plant With Purpose. The book is Tending to Eden, and it outlines the mission of his organization, which is to fight the root causes of poverty by renewing environmental resources. In places like Haiti, Plant With Purpose helps communities reforest hillsides, which in turn reduces erosion, cleans up the water supply, and improves agriculture. Suddenly impoverished people who once had to walk miles to collect drinkable water each day can drink from their own streams, grow their own crops, and began to give back to their neighbors as well. By helping people reclaim their land, they’ve helped them reclaim their future.
Please take a moment to browse through their website. Online you can fund the planting of trees — one tree ($1), a hillside ($25), or a forest ($100). You can also see where the organization is working and give to support individual villages.
As a former pre-vet major, and animal lover, I always donate to The Humane Society. I have other charities as well, but The Humane Society has been on my list since high school, and now we try to do more active donations, like volunteering or taking food by the shelter as a family. When we travel, we try to go by a shelter and help out or take them a donation, and learn about their animal problems locally. It’s given us a great theme for our travels and our daughter really enjoys those trips. It’s frustrating that the problem of unwanted and homeless animals hasn’t improved much since I was in college, but educating kids is a big part of changing that for the better.
(Julie Henning, “Feed Me” and Geocaching)
I would much rather my favorite charity be an organization combating childhood obesity or supporting early literacy. I would also much rather have my dad still living; especially at Christmas time. At the age of 60, quite suddenly, sadly, and abruptly my dad passed from pancreatic cancer in 2009. A nasty, ruthless thing, only 5% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive longer than five years after their initial diagnosis. Oh yeah, and it’s hereditary.
My plea is to educate people about the symptoms of pancreatic cancer and to support the network of scientists looking for treatments and cures. Not to diminish breast cancer and cardiovascular disease (which are better understood, more wide-spread, and also run in our family), I wanted to give the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCan) a few moments in the spotlight. With a motto of Know it. Fight it. End it., you can donate through the website or participate in fund raising events taking place all over the country. In the photo on the left, my oldest son and I completed a 2 mile fun run in Madison, Wisconsin, earlier this fall. Go purple pride!