I promised a blog post on this year's donate your birthday, and here it is albeit a little late. When I was 25, my mom told me about "donate your birthday." The concept is that, each year, you give your age in dollars to the charity of your choice. I'm a big promoter of the idea because if everyone that could afford to do it participated for each birthday, it would make a huge difference in bettering the world.
This year, I choose to "think globally, act locally," and I choose Safe Place of the Permian Basin. The organization helps provide shelter for women and children, a 24 hour emergency hotline, and intervention, support groups, and counseling services. Here are some facts about what services Safe Place provided in 2015 from their website:
- "418 adults and children received 11,501 individual nights of shelter
- 783 adults and children from around the Permian Basin received non-shelter services that included individual counseling, support group counseling, legal advocacy, education about the effects of family violence, community information and referral, and children's program services
- Safe Place advocates answered 1,602calls to the 24-hour hot line
- 100 participants graduated from Project ADAM, the 24-week batterer's intervention program sponsored by Safe Place."
|Photo from Safe Place website|
I think this organization makes a big difference to west Texas, and it gives hope to families affected by abuse.
I encourage everyone to try Donate Your Birthday. It's a great way to give a little bit of good karma back to the world, and it's a positive tradition that I always look forward to every year.
Here's to working together to make the world just a little better,
PS-Brendan and I arrived safely in Connecticut yesterday. We have been able to see both sets of grandparents as well as Brendan's parents and sister. I'll post some family pictures soon!