Tuesday, December 03, 2013

It's Giving Tuesday!

It seems like every day from Thanksgiving until New Year's is a day for something.  There's Black Friday, which apparently starts at 5pm on Thanksgiving day.  Then there's Small Business Saturday, Skip Church Sunday, Cyber Monday, Throwback Thursday, Flashback Friday, Wake Up Late Wednesday, "Oh-God, Martin O'Malley is still Governor Monday, etc.. 

Today is Giving Tuesday.

Since my daughter was diagnosed with cancer 3 years ago, I have been a lot more generous, in spite of the medical bills.  This year alone I have donated nearly $400 to charities such as the ones I mention, and to others where my friends are soliciting donations for their causes. 

Here are a few of my favorite charities and I hope you will consider making a donation to one of them this year.  Remember, you'll be helping a family in need AND you get a tax right-off.  That's money that Martin O'Malley won't get.

Casey Cares - provides family opportunities to families with critically ill children.  These include going to Orioles and Ravens' games, the circus, Disney on Ice, birthday bashes, and Kami's Jammies, to name a few. 

Believe in Tomorrow - provides respite and hospital housing to families with critically ill children.  They have several places at the beach with amenities to support children with special needs, such as wheel chairs, in addition to housing close to the hospital so that parents can be closer to their children when they must be in the hospital for an extended stay.

Tanner's Touch - raises money for pediatric cancer research and to finacially assist families who have children fighting cancer.

I have met the founders of all of these organizations and they are wonderful, dedicated, caring, and compassionate people who have done amazing work helping people right here in our community.  Donating to the large non-profit organizations is always a good thing to do, but donating to these organizations will help people directly right here in Maryland.

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