below are just a handful of charities that i have happed upon recently. obviously, there are a million great causes, and these are just a tiny portion of the options. i'm not asking readers to donate unless they feel compelled to do so...just sharing things that are important to me.

march for babies
a friend's brother and his wife lost two precious babies at birth. they have walked in the march of dimes "march for babies" in their honor and memory.

the joyful life library
i originally read about this project here on lindsay's blog. you can read their story here. and see some of the good that's been done so far here. if you are interested in donating, you can send soft-cover child-appropriate books that are either new or gently used to this address:

Cardon Children's Medical Center
Attention: Erin Sinnema,Certified Child Life Specialist, PICU
1400 S. Dobson Ave
Mesa, AZ 85202

i learned about this at jennifer mcguire's blog. this is a "card drive" where crafters (or anyone) make inspirational cards for sick children and their siblings, parents, etc. i haven't done this year but desperately want to. there are prizes offered regularly as well.

operation write home (formerly known as *cards for heroes*) is another great cause for paper crafters. you can make two types of cards...ones that include inspirational thank you notes to send to our heroes overseas OR you can make blank cards that the heroes then use to send notes home to loved ones. i had one of spencer's elementary classes do a bunch of notes to them. then my paper crafting mom and sisters made blank cards for us to send also.


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