This sentiment is sooooo me! It makes me think of that song "My Grown Up Christmas Wish". Seriously...I want an end to homelessness and poverty, drug addictions and mental illness, to keep girls and women free of violence and to end this idiotic belief "we" have that rail-thin, air brushed, made up, distorted "models" are what is beautiful. WHEW...that was a little bit of a rant, wasn't it? LOL I truly want all those things more than I want another box of socks, or chocolates, or even clothes... ok...maybe just one chocolate? This word art just speaks to me and the work I do every day at the YWCA Halifax.
Now, the challenge today at Corrosive Challenge is Black & Blue. This awesome Bella Blvd. paper was the perfect choice to mesh these two challenges for today.
One more thing before you head over to Ginger's blog... my letter for you today is "E"... you need that for your 15% discount code on all the new releases this month.
OK....FAIR WARNING... the PMS Post is done and if you keep reading you're going to see a personal side of me that I've not yet shared on my blog. So...if you just came for the card, go ahead and hop along to the next person now...I won't be mad, I promise. However, if I struck a chord in the above paragraph, please read on. When I started writing this post up an hour ago, I really didn't plan on "going there", but well, things have a way of writing themselves out on a blog, now, don't they?
The one thing I DO want for Christmas this year is a goat. Yup... I want someone to buy me a goat. Well, not for me, really, but for a woman in another country, so that she can feed her family. If you think I'm crazy, please click here for the Oxfam program (there are other programs that do this). But, if you consider the internet an on-line store...well, then this doesn't really fit the sentiment does it?
But, it does bring up an interesting topic that is near and dear to me... how do you share the wealth at Christmas? There are so many programs to choose from. I've always been a bit of an underdog supporter (mental health, arthritis, now the YWCA). There's something about supporting a charity that doesn't have huge numbers of donors throwing money at you that appeals to me. I feel like my money is doing more somehow.
For the past couple of years we have supported a family at Christmas through our church. These were families that couldn't get support in other ways...they were falling through the cracks. We're going to do it again this year, but we're going to support a family from the YWCA Halifax HERizons program. This is a program for single mothers who are attending post-secondary education and were either homeless or in immediate danger of becoming homeless. YES....I said homeless single mothers! We have women in our community (and around the world, yes, I know), who are living with their kids in their cars, couch surfing, or worse...on the street. NOBODY should have to be homeless...but a single mother? KIDS??? I think about my two daughters upstairs in their nice warm beds, with their full bellies, and it makes me sick to think of what these women have had to overcome. At least I know that when I go to work everyday, I am helping them, and women like them who WILL come to us for help.
So...that's how I share the wealth at Christmas. Don't go thinking I'm some rich person, either. We do alright, but we're no Trump family. I believe in making a donation that is "sacrificial"...of consequence to myself...it hurts a little...or maybe it stretches a little. If it doesn't "hurt" a little, then you know there was room to do more.
Hmmmmm....so why am I telling you all of this? I don't really know, but it sure felt good to get it all off my chest. I don't expect to change anyone's mind about how they celebrate Christmas, or whether or not they donate to charity, but if I did, then BONUS! I guess maybe I was hoping just to make you think about it a bit more...where your donations are going. Are you really giving to a cause you believe in? Or is it just the cause du jour? I want people to give to a cause they BELIEVE in...not just the first one, or fifth one they were asked to give to. Of course, I always hope to convince people that the work of the YWCA is a cause to believe in :)
There is soooo much more I could say about all this. But I'm going to stop here...and I'm sure if you've made it this far, you're glad of that. The last thing I'm going to do is ask you to tune in to KOOL 96.5 FM on Friday November 19, from 6am - 6pm AST to hear the Scotiabank Keep a Roof Over Their Heads Radiothon in support of the YWCA Halifax. Yup... a shameless plug. And if you're not local, then you can listen in on the station's website through your computer...maybe you're just curious to hear what my voice sounds like? Or you want to learn more about the programs I work for? It's all good...just come and listen.