Working with nonprofits, we come across inspirational people and stories all the time. I believe the key to meaningful giving is to find a way to use the talents you have for good. Every time I hear (from my mother) what her church group is working on, it reminds me that everyone can do something, and no talent should go unused. Things that may seem small in our privileged society can make a world of difference to someone less fortunate. So this posting is dedicated to the church ladies in Wisconsin who sew for White Cross among other projects. They whip up everything from cute dresses, to little boy shorts and baby clothes, to sanitary napkins and bandages. They do so without expectation of thanks, and without much recognition. These are the everyday heroes who are at the very heart and meaning of charitable giving. They not only improve the lives of those living in poverty, they inspire others around them to do good as well; I see that my sister is now joining in the fun, and has committed to making six uniforms for the William Deng Foundation (@
There's a 99-year-old woman named Lillian Weber who's involved with a charity called Little Dresses for Africa. About three years ago, she started making one dress a day to send to girls there, and said her goal was to make a THOUSAND by the time she turned a hundred years old. Well, her 100th birthday is coming up in May and just reached her goal last Thursday, about two months ahead of schedule. After she finished her 1,000th dress, she started making the NEXT one, and doesn't plan on stopping. She says she mainly does it to help the girls, but also wants people to know that senior citizens can still make a big impact. The woman who founded the charity is named Rachel O'Neill, and she's planning to fly to Iowa for Lillian's birthday, so she can thank her in person.
Keep sewing - you are the real champions of charitable giving!