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Charity wish lists help others

During this season of giving, I find it really important to help others who could use some assistance. While donations of money are very helpful to nonprofits, many also have a list of needed items to support their programs or directly help individuals in need. These charity wish lists help others in many ways. Check out some recommendations below.

It’s pretty easy to shop from many of the wish lists as they’re linked to Amazon so you can ship directly. But I also like to shop myself. Or I take my young nieces and nephews with me to let them pick out items. A great way to talk to the kids about helping others and what these charities do!

With the holidays upon us, one idea is to ask guests to bring an item from a charity wish list to any gathering that you’re hosting. This is a great way to collect items and share charity information with friends and family.

Check out information below for ways to help others:

Camp Mak-A-Dream – One of my favorite places on Earth! This Montana-based organization offers cost-free camps and conferences to children, teens, young adults and adults impacted by cancer. I attended the camp’s Young Adult Conference shortly after finishing bone cancer. [Read about my experience in this post.] I was 23 and so lost at how to move forward as a young adult cancer survivor. Meeting 50+ other young adult survivors, attending educational workshops, having fun with archery, hiking, drum circles and more helped me embrace this new chapter. It was truly life-changing for me. I’ve been a supporter, volunteer, board member and more since then. Check out their wish list for items that help support the camp season.

Camp Casey brings horse happiness to kids with cancer!

Also, if you like wine, I’m hosting an online wine fundraiser to help Camp Mak-A-Dream (purchase via this link by Dec. 31, 2022; must be 21 to purchase).

Camp Casey – An organization that brings horses to the homes of kids facing cancer? How cool, right?! I couldn’t sign up fast enough to be a volunteer equine therapist for this Michigan organization! I rode horses for 14 years before bone cancer surgery made it too risky. But my love of horses never faded. I love the smiles and joy on the faces of young cancer survivors when they see a horse standing on their front walk. Here’s their wish list.

Adopt a family or cancer survivor – Contact a local cancer center to ask about adopting a family or individual cancer survivor who might need some assistance. Cancer treatment is so expensive, even with health insurance (out of pocket costs, copays, etc.). Many people can use help with everyday needs.

Food banks – The Covid-19 pandemic really highlighted the challenges that many people face in affording food. I’ve volunteered sorting and packing items at a local food bank several times. It’s pretty sobering to understand the critical food need for so many in our communities. Access to food, especially healthy food, can also be a concern for cancer patients. Local food banks play an important role in helping our communities so consider donating non-perishable items or even hosting a food drive with friends and family.

Shelters – There are a variety of shelters needing support throughout the year, such as homeless, domestic violence assistance, recovery and other types that take donations of items. Every year, my sorority alumnae chapter collects items for a local women’s shelter to support the women and children taking refuge. This holiday season, we also adopted a family and I was grateful to purchase many items from the list. This is one of many shelters and families needing help.

Making a difference in our communities

These charity wish lists help others quite a bit. It may seem like a small way to help but can have a big impact on others. Have you donated items from a charity wish list?

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