During the holidays we can often find ourselves building our own wishlists, whether we are giving them to friends, family or our significant others. While it’s fun to create these lists it’s so easy to forget about others during this time of year. Maybe that lipstick on our list isn’t the most important thing. I like to take a step back and give back during the holidays. That’s why I’m happy to join up with Capital One this holiday season with #WishForOthers, and instead ask people to share their wish for others. I wanted to go ahead and share some of my favorite charitable causes and if you’re looking for somewhere to donate, this list could be a good place to start for you.
- First Book – “To date, First Book has distributed more than 120 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis.”
- The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence – NCADV is devoted to the elimination of domestic violence in urban and rural areas, across all racial, religious and economic groups. NCADV identifies and works to eradicate the social conditions that perpetuate or condone domestic violence such as sexism, ageism, heterosexism, and able-bodyism and easy access to guns. You can shere THIS VIDEO to Facebook & Twitter, and help raise $5 for each share.
- St. Jude Childrens Hospital – “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Ranked one of the best pediatric cancer hospitals in the country, St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children.”
- March Of Dimes – “The program addresses the needs of parents, siblings, grandparents and extended family. We are there during a baby’s stay in the hospital, during the transition home, and we are there for families if their baby never makes it home.”
- No Kid Hungry – “Child hunger is a major problem in our country – but it’s solvable. Through state and city-based campaigns, we’re putting a stop to child hunger by connecting local families with the resources they need to provide their children with enough nutritious food to thrive. Be a part of the solution and help us end hunger in your community.”
- Stand For The Silent – “Stand For The Silent runs exclusively off grants and support from people just like you. You do not need to give $500 to donate to the cause, a $5 donation is just as important and appreciated! Whatever you are able to do, it will be used 100% to further the cause. We do not charge for a presentations. Any funds donated to Stand for the Silent pay for travel to a school or presentation site and the materials needed to support our program. Any capacity you can help is appreciated!”
- Wounded Warriors Project – “To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.”
- Red Cross – “Choose gifts to donate in honor of the special people in your life. Send free holiday greetings to announce your gifts. Know your gift will help people when they need it most.”
- RAINN – The nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization.
- ASPCA – “The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. Our organization was founded by Henry Bergh in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans, and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend our anti-cruelty mission across the country, we are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. We are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and proud to boast more than 1 million supporters across the country.”
- To Write Love On Her Arms – “To Write Love on Her Arms is an American non-profit organization which aims to present hope for people struggling with addiction, depression, self injury, and thoughts of suicide while also investing directly into treatment and recovery.”
- GLAAD – “GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBT equality. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.”
- MADD – “Your donation will go to work instantly to help save lives and serve people through MADD’s vital victim services and awareness programs provided at no cost to communities throughout America—programs that would not be possible without your support.”
It’s my hope that through some of these charities you just might be able to make your #WishForOthers come true. Capital One is hoping to help make the holidays a little brighter this year by helping to share and grant people’s wish for others. We all know that giving to others feels great, whether you’re donating to a nonprofit, volunteering at a food bank or doing something nice for a loved one. To celebrate that spirit of giving and make the holidays a little brighter this year, we want to hear about your wish for others. Share your wish for someone else – a family member, a friend, a neighbor, or a community — with #WishForOthers on Twitter, Instagram, or the Capital One Facebook page from Nov. 24 through Dec. 23 for a chance to make it come true.
Wondering what to submit? We asked people what they want this holiday season – and what they wish for others as well. The answers ranged from sweet and heartwarming to thoughtful and funny, all documented in a video that’ll get you thinking about your own wish for others, visit Wish For Others.
I asked my closest blogger friends what their wish for others was and we documented here in this video, to give you a bit more inspiration on just what you can submit!
Visit Wish For Others for more information and to see the wishes that other people have submitted so far!