Fragile, Handle with Care: 10 places a gift will make a difference
“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life,” wrote transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 1840s, “that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”
That warm and wonderful feeling Emerson describes is the good that comes from doing good. The Karma of the 21st century.
As the year 2011 draws to a close, thoughts turn reflective, and the holiday spirit moves us to think of others.
If you’re so inclined, here are 10 “others” that could use a little help for their work with people in need.
1. Feeding America San Diego Food Bank
• Volunteers (individuals, groups and corporations) to bag, box, sort and distribute more than 1.2 million pounds of food a month
• Groups to hold food drives (most-needed: peanut butter and jelly, canned vegetables, bagged rice, canned fruit, bagged or canned beans, cereal, canned or boxed soup, pasta, canned meats, healthful snacks)
• Monetary donations
Feeding America San Diego, 9151 Rehco Road, Suite B, San Diego, CA 92121, (858) 452-FOOD, feedingamericasd.org
2. Social Service League of La Jolla
The Social Service League of La Jolla subsidizes affordable housing for 50 senior citizens who have lived and worked in the San Diego area.
Contact: (858) 454-8231, 7441 Olivetas Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037
3. The Salvation Army San Diego
Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. The Salvation Army runs numerous programs and projects all described in detail on the website.
Needs: Food, donated goods for its resale shops (800) 728-7825; money, planned gifts, Women’s Auxiliary volunteers.
4. The Seany Foundation
The charity is dedicated to funding research to help find cures for pediatric cancers and to improving the quality of life for children and teens battling cancer.
Contact: 7567 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037
(800) 794-8282, theseanyfoundation.org
5. Just In Time for Foster Youth
The agency’s mission is to provide support at critical junctures for youth transitioning out of the foster care system, acting as an “extended family” of caring adults.
• Monetary donations
• Food cards
• New bed sheets, any size (Also pots, pans and small kitchen appliances, desk lamps and brooms)
• Adult mentors
(858) 663-2081 or dwells@JitFosterYouth.org
6. American Red Cross San Diego
The Red Cross campaign features a holiday giving catalog, www.redcross.org/gifts. The catalog has more than 20 gift ideas — such as assisting someone in the military with a phone card or supplies, providing food and shelter to a disaster victim, covering the costs of snacks at a blood drive, or giving basic necessities to a family in another country.
The purchase of each gift item is a tax-deductible contribution to the overall mission of the American Red Cross.
Contact: (858) 309-1200. sdarc.org. www.redcross.org/gifts.
7. San Diego Rescue Mission
The Rescue Mission is a non-profit, faith-based organization committed to assisting the homeless in a transition from an environment of poverty.
• Turn your car, truck, boat, or RV into a “Vehicle for Hope” by donating it to the mission. You’ll receive a receipt for your tax-deductible donation, and they’ll use your vehicle to provide funding for more meals, shelter, and lasting hope to the hurting men, women, and children they serve. They will pick-up your vehicle promptly and process the DMV paperwork.
• Food and clothing
• Monetary donations
Contact: (619) 717-8437, sdrescue.org
8. Blue Ryno Foundation
It is the foundation’s mission to enlighten the lives of critically or terminally ill children and assist their families. Your financial donation helps so:
• Parents can focus on fighting their child’s illness instead of paying bills, buying groceries and worrying about insurance.
• Counselors can help rebuild a child’s will to live
• Experts can help families in need of rental assistance
Contact; (858) 458-0635. bluerynofoundation.org
9. Head North Foundation
HeadNorth is dedicated to providing help and hope for spinal cord injury survivors. As many as 100 San Diego residents sustain a life-altering spinal cord injury each year. First year costs alone can exceed $270,000 for a paraplegic and $740,000 for a quadriplegic.
HeadNorth also supports the ongoing pursuit of a cure for paralysis through its current pledge of $1 million over three years to a spinal cord regeneration study in collaboration with the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute and UCSD School of Medicine.
Needs: Monetary donations
Contact: 2658 Del Mar Heights Road, #196
Del Mar, CA 92014.
(858) 350-3193, email@example.com, Headnorth.org
10. La Jolla Community Foundation
The Foundation’s mission is to enhance the aesthetic character of the community by creating and improving inviting public spaces.
Donation funding for all of its projects, including the expanding Murals of La Jolla.
2508 Historic Decatur Road #200
San Diego, CA 92106
Phone: (619) 235-2300
- Sign Up Time: Local groups in need of volunteers state their cases
- Seminoles bare their soles with shoe drive
- Fashion event will raise funds for the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park
- The Doobie Brothers will headline at benefit for abused children in La Jolla
- Evening with Dave Dravecky on Dec. 4 at UCSD
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