Did you know that nearly 870 million people do not have enough food to eat? Many more desperately need our help in one way or another. With growing housing costs, many can barely afford rent- let alone food and other basic necessities. I am forever thankful and grateful for the life my family and I live. For countless years, our family has supported our local thrift stores with donations- today for instance, we just took sets of flannel sheets and blankets to our local thrift store now that the weather is getting cooler. Last year, we bought a flock of geese for a family in need through Heifer International. The ways to help are endless. You can help with donating money to worthy causes, give your time to someone who needs help, offer material and supplies. There are no shortage of ways to help others. Here are a few of my favorite organizations who are doing A LOT of good out there…
Burrito Boyz- In November, 2010, Michael & Mehrnaz Johnson started Burrito Boyz with their son Alec and his friend Luke. Not only were they hoping to teach his son and friends not to take things for granted, they wanted to DO something to help others. After their first Sunday downtown serving 54 breakfast burritos and bottles of water, the group knew they had started something special. After 3 full years without missing a Sunday, the Burrito Boyz, the Burrito Babes and a cast of volunteers from San Diego and visiting from around the country and world have served over 50,000 meals. For more information on how you can help, visit (link here).
Caterinas Club- For the last 10 years, Chef Bruno Serato and his team have provided 1,200 children a nutritionally balanced meal of pasta and vegetables and they deliver it to an estimated 75 residential motels in Anaheim, CA every day. To date, Serato has served 750,000 meals to those in need of food. For more information on how you can help, visit (link here).
Heifer International- Believes in “Passing on the Gift”
The nature of Heifer Intl. allows families to become the cycle of positive change; those who received Heifer gifts become donors and Pass on the Gift of possibilities and shared successes to others in the community. Needy families receive resources —such as livestock, seeds or training—and then pass on those gifts to other families in need in their community, allowing them to help others as they have been helped. For more information on how you can help, visit (link here).
Donor Choose- At donorchoose.org the mission is simple- support teachers in bringing their students art, science, books, field trips and project backing. The best part? You can even search in your own city and support locally. For more information on how you can help, visit (link here).