Not Just a Hashtag
I'm sure we're all mentally spent from Cyber Monday, but hopefully we have a little something left in the wallet for Giving Tuesday! What is Giving Tuesday? Well, it's actually a thing with a website and all (which surprised me...I thought it was just as hashtag). It's actually a day dedicated to giving back. So, in the spirit of giving, I thought I would give you my top 5 charities/causes to give to this Giving Tuesday.
1. National MS Society
This cause is very close to my heart and it's through donations for support and research that new treatment methods are found and helping people affected with this disease. MS drugs are typically listed as specialty drugs which means that they cost over $500 (and significantly more). The thing with MS is that it affects everyone differently. Some people seem "normal" while I've seen a 34 year old legally blind man in a nursing home because of this disease. Click here to donate to the National MS Society.
2. American Cancer Society
Quite frankly y'all, I'm tired of hearing about cancer and seeing it on my Facebook feed (which by the way, seems to be happening more and more these days). My family has also been affected by cancer and I'm really looking forward to the day when the C-word stands for something like cookies or cake rather than this awfulness. So let's try to eradicate it, okay? Every little bit helps and hopefully brings us closer to another C-word, a Cure. Click here to donate to the American Cancer Society.
3. World Vision
I was introduced to World Vision a couple of years ago at Leadercast. I like what they do to tackle poverty. Monetary empowerment is sooo huge. Their focus is global and learning about why we should help others on a global level really redefined my neighborhood and I became a member of the global community. Click here to check out World Vision and to donate.
4. World Help
Social media isn't just for selfies and status updates. I learned about World Help through someone I followed on Instagram. Seeing her help others giving back to the global community through helping address physical needs (i.e. clean water) and spiritual needs (constructing churches) was really impactful. I'm also excited that I've recently been accepted as a blogger for World Help to raise awareness for these issues. Click here and check them out!
5. Crohn's and Colitis
December 1st actually kicks off Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week. I didn't really know too much about this, but again, social media saved the day (#thanksfacebook). One of my friends has been raising funds for this cause because her husband was diagnosed with this disease four years ago. So what it is? It's an autoimmune deficiency that affects the digestive tract. This isn't just about having bad gas, either. Almost 1.6 million people are affected and while symptoms vary, some people have to undergo life altering surgeries (and I don't know about you, but I try to stay away from the knife if possible). Consider checking out Shannon's fundraising efforts for Crohn's and Colitis by clicking here and reading her story.
Be a Cosmopolitan Contributor
A lot of times on #givingTuesday, donations will be matched...so $5 might turn to $10 or $50 to $100. Whether it's one of the causes I've highlighted above or your own, be a Cosmopolitan Contributor and donate something today before midnight to make that donation of whatever size go further. Let me know if you do and I'll give you an awesome Cosmopolitan Contributor shout out!