Last Day To Give in 2015
|photo via Pinterest|
Many of the SunSpots crew are dog and cat owners and support the national missions of the ASPCA (https://www.aspca.org/ways-to-give). Though they're effective ads, even Sarah McLaughlin admits she has a hard time watching those she did the music and voiceover for. They're powerful, touching, compelling messages and we're behind the good they do for all animals.
|Buzzy at SunSpots Productions NC studios near Asheville|
Karin, one of our voice talent coordinators who works remotely from Michigan, offered this when I asked her about her favorite charities:
This year, my daughter’s first grade class adopted a little boy for Christmas through the Salvation Army's Angel tree program. The child they adopted was 6, just like them! My daughter was really motivated to raise money for the class to buy gifts and necessities (coat, shoes, clothes) for their adopted friend. She drew pictures and sold them to our neighbors for donations! I love that she thought outside of the box as to how to help someone in need. Not only did she donate money, but she got our neighbors excited to be involved in helping a little boy in need!Like Karin, Tom K. in Asheville, is also a supporter of the local Salvation Army.
Karin loves her local chapter of Toys for Tots. She and her daughter were visiting their area ToysRUs and discovered the Marines had already landed!
We went in one day to almost bare shelves! The workers said the Marines came in and went wild buying toys for local kids :) Love that we were able to see this is charity in action!
|Happy kids with their Samaritan's Purse shoeboxes|
|Seal at the Marine Mammal Center|
Our mission is to expand knowledge about marine mammals—their health and that of their ocean environment—and to inspire their global conservation. Our core work is the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured marine mammals.She's also a supporter of the Natural Resources Defense Council who work to save the planet from being "smooshed". (My word, not hers.)
Others mentioned were locally based church groups near parents such as the Lake Jackson TX Church of Christ (...they're having a tasty pulled pork dinner on 1/6!), St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Woodworth, IL and the Biltmore Church of Christ in Asheville, NC.
Another favorite is the American Humanist Association (we're a varied staff ;-) ).
Hope this gives you some last minute inspiration to research and donate to your favorite charity. Hurry though, you've got just a few hours to make the deadline for a 2015 tax deduction.
Have a Happy New Year!