With it being the holiday season and #GivingTuesday, I thought I would share some organizations, that are special to me, that would be greatly benefited by your donations.
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep
Once Max's fatal diagnosis was made, we were moved into a private room to spend our remaining time with him and our extended family in peace. When we were settled our social worker offered to have a photographer from Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep come, for FREE, to take family pictures of us with Max the day before we removed his life supports. Within hours, Jamie was at our room. We felt so blessed to have Jamie come take our pictures. She was so kind and respectful. She had experienced infant loss herself, and her empathy and love was such a comfort.
"Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep offers remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with a free gift of professional portraiture. NILMDTS trains, educates, and mobilizes professional quality photographers to provide beautiful heirloom portraits to families facing the untimely death of an infant."
Utah Infertility Resource Center
Providing Support, Education & Awareness for Utah's Infertility Community
Just this year I found this amazing, local infertility support organization.
"Utah Infertility Resource Center provides education and emotional support to those who are struggling to grow their families so they are empowered, strengthened, and equipped to move forward on their respective journeys."
Ronald McDonald House
Keeping families with sick children together and near the care and resources they need.
If you've been following my blog, then you know how much our family loves this organization. We were especially blessed by the Ronald McDonald Family Room and Primary Children's Hospital during Max's 5 week life. We received FREE meals and snacks there daily, and our families were provided overnight accommodations on multiple occasions. Since then we have enjoyed collecting food donations and serving meals in the kitchen.
You can get involved by donating money, collecting and delivering food items, or volunteering.
Primary Children's Hospital
The Child First and Always
There truly aren't adequate words to describe how much wee love Primary Children's. There is no way we could have been blessed with Max for as long as we were without the incredible doctors, surgeons, nurses, social workers, and support staff at PCH. The love and support they offer cannot be compared. The spirit of that hospital is so special. Angels seen and unseen walk those halls.
"As the only free-standing, not-for-profit children's hospital in the Intermountain West, Primary Children's Hospital has relied on the generosity of our community for over 90 years, ensuring the very best care is available for children in our community. Today, your support is more important than ever. We invite you to get involved and help us help the children in our care by making a donation online, sharing your resources, or becoming a volunteer at Primary Children's Hospital. Help us keep, The Child First and Always®."
To Write Love on Her Arms
Hope is real. Help is real. Your story is important.
I have been open and honest about my now 8 year recovery from Anorexia and self-harm, and my ongoing struggles with depression and anxiety. TWLOHA is changing the conversation about mental illness among youth and has been a special organization to me.
"To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and invest directly into treatment and recovery."
The A.Skate Foundation
Skating with Kids through Acceptance, Therapy, and Education
My sweet nephew is 1 in 68. He was diagnosed with Autism and Sensory Sensitivity almost 2 years ago. When my brother and sister-in-law discovered A.Skate, they were so excited to find something that could help Nixon with his coordination and social skills, and they have attended multiple events. At A.Skate events children are paired with a trained volunteer who helps them learn to skateboard, but their organization does SO MUCH MORE.
"Awareness Mentor Program - Anti-bully education for Volunteers - Askate recruits volunteers via social networking and email list and has gathered a world wide team of over 8,000 persons. Our volunteers are mentored and educated to understand Autism and Aspergers, specifically language and social barriers, stimming, eye contact, "no-fear" syndrome :) and more. The age range for volunteers expands from pre-teen years into adulthood. They are educated on the common occurance of bullying within the autism community and learn to understand and accept the differences between the two worlds. Askate volunteers often times keep in contact with the participants and their families offering mentouring and a life long friendship. Both programs not only focus on individuals needs but also focus on anti-bullying by helping those with autism learn appropriate social skills in a mixed developed environment as well as our awareness mentor volunteer program which introduces typically developed kids, teenagers, and adults to a world of social awkwardness allowing them to work one on one with persons with Autism and Aspergers. The awareness mentoring program allows those who are neurologically typically developed to experience and help high and low functioning persons with autism gain trust, confidence, social skills, and friendship." - READ MORE
THIS IS STILL A GOOD LIFE, and you can help others see that.