Who Would You Like to Support?

A little over a year ago, I decided to run ads on my blog as a means to raise money for various charitable organizations.  Through your visits we have raised $25.06 that was sent to St. Jude's Children's Hospital last summer and, just this month, $28.27 that was sent to Compassion International.

So, now we are starting at $0.00 and it is time to start thinking about where the next check should be sent.  This is where I want your help.  I have chosen four organizations and listed them in a poll in the sidebar to the right.  Over the next few months, please take a few minutes and participate in the poll.  At the time I receive the next check, I will send it to the organization that has received the most votes.

Here is some information about each organization:
  1. Heifer International - their mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth.  With gifts of livestock and training, Heifer International helps families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. The animals are referred to as “living loans” because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal’s offspring to another family in need. It’s called Passing on the Gift.
  2. Habitat for Humanity - a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. Habitat for Humanity builds with people in need regardless of race or religion.
  3. American Red Cross - as part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering.
  4. Show Hope - founded by Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman, Show Hope is a ministry that enables individuals and communities to change the world for orphans by not only addressing a child’s need for food, shelter, care, and spiritual nourishment, but by also addressing the root issue for an orphan: the lack of a family.

Thanks for all your visits to "The Fruits of the Spirit" that make giving in this manner possible!

6 Thoughts Shared:

Jenny said...

I couldn't resist becoming your 100th follower! My husband and I have decided the last few years to keep our charities local. It feels a bit different but I'm liking it. There are so many in need, everywhere, that it is just important that everyone help wherever and however they can. Thanks for the great list of organizations.

Shelby said...

Melanie, you've got such a great heart! Thanks for giving us some input; I voted.

Tracy said...

What a wonderful idea! There are sooooo many awesome organizations and these are indeed 4 of them. I voted for Show Hope, simply because I've always followed it closely since the beginning and I have personal friends who have benefitted from their grants and the organization as a whole. I could have voted for any of the other three as well...they all do such great work. I love your heart for charity! = )


Beth in NC said...

That is a great idea. I love the Red Cross. My good friend's house just burned to the ground on Monday. The Red Cross was there that morning with gift cards to stay in a hotel for several nights AND $700 worth of gift cards to get some clothes. I couldn't believe how quick they were there to help.


bp said...

Good choices!

Sue Ballmann said...

Melanie - I just tripped into your blog a few minutes ago through that next blog feature at the top of the site. Your blog is fantastic. I looked at your list of charities, and I would have to say that it would be hard to decide. Every one of those is an outstanding choice. Sue Ballmann