Happy Thanksgiving week!ย  With the season of giving upon us, I felt this was the perfect time to highlight some awesome charities I recently learned about.ย  I am particularly fond of organizations that focus on the well-being and quality of life of people.ย  I feel that it is so important that everyone has the opportunity to experience the basic joys and necessities of humanity, no matter where they are in the world or what they may be going through.

That speaks to one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King:

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.” – MLK

With that concept in mind, in case you are looking for new places to give this holiday season, be sure to check out these wonderful organizations. ๐Ÿ™‚

From the website:

Love Drop is a micro-giving network of people who unite as a community to help one person or family a month. By subscribing to the team for as little as $1, we make it easy for our members to change lives in a fun and tangible way. Each month Love Drop delivers a unique combination of unexpected financial gifts, personal encouragement and the support of local and online communities. (As of April, weโ€™ve given out almost $70,000 worth of goods and services!)”

This month Love Drop is helping Marci, a two time Breast Cancer Survivor who has just been diagnosed with cancer for a third time. Watch this video to learn more of her story.

Click here to see Episode #2 of Marci’s story that describes more of who she is and the support system she has.

This organization really inspires me because of their devotion to not only provide for people in need, but lift their spirits and bring joy and love to their lives in the midst of incredibly challenging situations.ย  Check out their website to join the online community of giving.


From the website:

One for One Movement

“In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers.”

I’ve been aware of TOMS Shoes for several years now, but I recently learned about a new addition, TOMS Eyewear.ย  With every pair of sunglasses you purchase, TOMS will help give sight to a person in need.ย  I think this is so awesome.ย  As you protect your own eyes and feel stylish in the process, you are gifting someone else with eyesight.ย  Visit TOMS today to help those in need with the basics we often take for granted.


It’s so easy to complain or worry about what you don’t have when caught up in everyday occurrences.ย  But when you really take the time to pay attention to people without basic needs, or you witness the unfathomable struggles people constantly overcome, it is an immediate reminder of the blessings we are gifted everyday.ย  Writing this post was as much an inspiration for me as I hope it is for you.

Never take your life for granted.ย  No matter how big your problems seem, there’s always someone else doing worse.

Share your thoughts in the comments: What are your favorite charities and why?

Peace, Love & Giving,


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