With all the celebrating that goes on this time of year, I realize again and again how lucky I am. When the holidays roll around, I always wish I had more time to volunteer — maybe that will be one of my resolutions for 2012. However, I still like to find other ways to give and do my Christmas Good Deed.
This year’s Christmas Good Deed is sending a twelve-year-old girl in Foster Care to the City Museum. If you’ve never been to the City Museum, it’s amazing — a visual wonderland of junk crafted together into a playground for kids of all ages.
So when I saw that the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition was granting children’s “Little Wishes” (their big wish is to be adopted), and that one little girl was interested in the City Museum, I was all in. They still have a lot more wishes to fill — it’s fun, being someone’s fairy godmother in a way.
Another great charity to consider supporting is the one where we got our very own Sophie dog (once named Butterfinger, you can read her rescue story here), Stray Rescue. Not many animal shelters actively feed and rescue street dogs, have a hospice program to give dogs a quality end of life and help nurse so many animals back from death’s door.
This is Daddy Lab (before and after), a rescue from a few years ago. It’s amazing the number of animals Stray Rescue brings in that are so emaciated and ill like this — and they all turn out to be happy, healthy dogs who make great pets. Stray Rescue has received a $100,000 matching donation from an anonymous “fairy godmother” for the Stracks Fund.
The Stracks Fund goes to cover medical expenses for dogs like Daddy Lab. Stray Rescue spends up to $150,000 PER MONTH on medical care for their animals — they get the best care possible. So as our second Christmas Good Deed, we are also donating to the Stracks Fund.
What’s your Christmas Good Deed? Mine is definitely small fries in the grand scheme of things but it feels like my cosmic thank you to the universe for all my blessings. (Cheesy but true).
On a Christmas Crafting update, I am stalled. But, I may have invented a new crochet “thing” to be revealed at a later date that will make me a fortune. Probably not. But if it does make me a fortune, I will be able to do so many more Christmas Good Deeds!! More updates soon — the Christmas tree went up! Going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark has not made for any good picture-taking time at home.