Making a Difference Through Donations
Who should you donate your money to? This is always a tough question for me and I probably overthink it much like I do everything but then again, it is important to make a difference and to do it right.
Last year, I heard that there were children staying in our local homeless shelter (http://one80place.org/) so I called the shelter and asked them how many children were there presently. They told me it was about half a dozen. So I purchased some little character backpacks and stuffed them with a character blanket, toothbrush, toothpaste and one of my books and we made a trip to the homeless shelter to deliver them. We didn’t get to meet the children but we looked around a little and learned a lot about their programs to help people get back on their feet. It was very enlightening and humbling.
I don’t make very much money selling my books but it gives me great comfort to know that when I do make a sale, it is helping those less fortunate. As I contemplated, researched and prayed about where to make my first donation this year for the all the profits that I made since January 1, I found myself wanting to help out where the situation is dire. I was drawn to do research on where I could make the most difference. I used a website called Charity Navigator at http://www.charitynavigator.org/ to help me find out more about the charities I was interested in.
I discovered a charity here in North Charleston that is passionate about providing safe water for people in developing countries and disaster areas. Water is the most basic of human needs and I can’t imagine not having access to clean water and the problems that would cause. So I have decided to donate the profits from the first half of this year to https://watermission.org/. Please visit their website to find out how you can help.