It seems as though everyone on Facebook is re-posting statuses to raise awareness of diseases and charities in need. That is great and all, but there is very little benefit for those who are actually in need. It's a lazy way to care, in my humble opinion, if that is the only thing you are going to do. For the rest of the year, I'm pledging to do some real help for those in need.
The holidays are meant to be a time of peace, harmony and goodwill. Unfortunately, the incidences of domestic violence don't decrease just because it is the holiday season. This time of year can be difficult for so many, especially those who have fled their home to escape abuse. To help the women and children they serve experience a joyous holiday, the House Of Ruth Maryland sponsors the Adopt A Family program each year.
The House Of Ruth Maryland leads the fight to end violence against women and their children by confronting the attitudes, behaviors and systems that perpetuate it, and by providing victims with the services necessary to rebuild their lives safely and free of fear. Their vision is that one day, every woman in Maryland will be safe in her own home.
You can find out more here.
During the months of November and December I will be donating 50% of every sale from my Etsy shop to The House of Ruth in order to adopt victims of domestic violence that are in need this holiday season. Buying an item from the shop can not only be a gift for someone on your giving list, but a gift for someone who has nothing this holiday season. The program helps to provide basic needs like clothes and toiletries as well as gifts for mothers to wrap and give to their children.
You can find my Etsy shop here.
If anything, consider giving something directly to the House of Ruth. Skip a latte one day or for a week. Remember how fortunate we all are and pass some of that on this holiday season.