One of the biggest lessons my Mom instilled in me before she crossed over from cancer, was giving back to those in need. My mom was a very soft spoken and loving woman. She always had a unique way of dealing with loss. One such example was when I bought a new pair of boots and someone stole them. I was so livid and upset about it.
When I spoke to my mom about it, she looked at me with her expressive, big, brown eyes and said "How many pairs of boots do you own?"
I counted in my head and replied "I own about 5 pairs of boots."
My mom smiled and said "Well, I know it might seem like a great loss to you and it is terrible that someone stole from you but did you ever think what drove that person to steal?"
I said "No, Mom, that thought never crossed my mind."
My mom replied with a gentle smile "Maybe that person needed the boots more than you."
She felt that there was a gift in every difficult lesson. At that moment, I felt that I had enough and maybe someone else had something they needed.
When my mom told me that her breast cancer had returned, I felt I was not strong enough to see her suffer again. Watching my mom fight cancer taught me about strength and being there for others. It made me appreciate that when my mom saw someone in need, she always had a call to action. That example helped me help her. Even though she lost her battle with cancer, the gift in that lesson that I hold to me so close is that I have taken on her call to action. So charity and making people aware of who need helps is a very strong passion of mine.
I know that there are many charities that are hurting now because of the economy but here are a few that have a call to action. I have also had the honor of meeting them and know that they are dedicated and selfless in their desire to help. The charities below are all 501c3 not for profits.
Lazicki's Bird House & Rescue, Inc.
Diane & Steve Lazicki are champions in educating the public and saving exotic birds. They offer refuge and a place for birds to live out their lives when birds are abandoned, abused or when circumstances arise when birds owners cannot care for them.
They have sacrificed a lot to keep their 501c3 going. I had a chance to visit the Rescue and all you see are their efforts in saving this special birds. Without going into detail, they are in desperate need of donations. Due to a fire in their home in Connecticut they had to move the shelter to Rhode Island.
Leeza's Place - A place for Caregivers
Leeza Gibbons started this not for profit to honor her mom. Please check out her website. If you are a caregiver, have had to care for someone ill or know someone who is going though this, this is THE more resourceful and healing place to go!
The Forever Family Foundation
To further the understanding of Afterlife Science through research and education while providing support and healing for people in grief