Category: Charitable Giving

What organizations should you support on Giving Tuesday? Consider these

‘Tis the season for giving. Sure a lot of the giving tends to be in the form of toys, books, sweaters, and other consumer goods, but the #GivingTuesday is a reminder to spread our generosity beyond our friends and families. I encourage you to give to organizations serving the greater good. Even small donations help. Give... Read more »

Tragedy comes in all sizes

There has been a lot of tragedy in the news lately: Hurricane Harvey, the earthquake in Mexico, and Hurricane Maria to name a few. But tragedy isn’t always big and newsworthy. Sometimes it doesn’t flood a city, destroy buildings, or devastate an island. Sometimes tragedy is closer to home. Sometimes it only impacts a close circle of... Read more »

Donna Day: Every 3 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer

Thirteen days ago I received an email with the subject line “sad news.” In it a friend told me that his sister, who I know, had given birth to a son the previous Sunday, but Luke was born with a massive brain tumor and died one day later. The “sad news” promised in the subject... Read more »
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A chance to prove you are better than me

If you’ve read this blog before you probably thought, “I’m such a better person that this Kim Z. Dale. I wish there were a way to prove it.” Well, now you can. My friend Sheila from Mary Tyler Mom is having a head-shaving event to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization with the primary... Read more »

Older kids often overlooked in toy drive donations

A few years ago I helped set up for the Care for Real toy drive distribution day. This involved sorting donations by age and placing them on the appropriate tables. The age range with the most gifts was 0-3. Those toys were piled onto a row of tables with many more waiting in back for replenishing throughout... Read more »

Toy drive supports Care for Real and 800+ children they serve

Toy drive supports Care for Real and 800+ children they serve
Collections for the Care for Real toy drive start on Saturday, November 22nd. Care for Real is the food pantry for the Edgewater neighborhood in Chicago. In addition to providing families in need with food, clothing, school supplies, career counseling, and other services all year, Care for Real runs a toy distribution that last year... Read more »
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Donna Day supporters fund childhood cancer research, choose hope

Donna Day supporters fund childhood cancer research, choose hope
Today is Donna Day. A day for Donna. This is a day when bloggers unite to raise money for childhood cancer research in honor of Mary Tyler Mom‘s daughter Donna. No, I won’t be asking you to leave cheerful messages for Donna in the comments. Donna will not read this. Donna died in 2009. She was... Read more »

Care for Real toy drive provided gifts to 800 children

Care for Real distributed toy drive donations to families on Tuesday, December 17. Executive Director Lyle Allen described this as their best year ever in terms of quantity and quality of donations. According to the Care for Real Facebook page gifts were provided for over 800 children. Thank you to everyone who donated either at... Read more »

Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars this Friday to support geek pride

Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars this Friday to support geek pride
Friday, December 13th is the fourth annual “Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars” Day. The event is meant to be an affirmation of geek pride for sci-fi fans of all genders and also a statement against bullying. If Star Wars isn’t your thing you can express yourself through your favorite science-fiction related items (“Wear Who, Share Who” perhaps?). The important thing is to teach... Read more »
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Andersonville weekend events and toy drive update

Andersonville weekend events and toy drive update
This weekend the holiday celebrations continue in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. While you are in the area for shopping, visiting Santa, and other fun please drop off a donation for the Care for Real toy drive. Drop off locations and online giving options are detailed below. Late Night Andersonville is on Friday, December 6th. Stores stay open... Read more »