I know there are a lot of “causes” out there competing for your time, attention, and, of course, money, but I hope you haven’t become so jaded that you fail to find at least one or two really good causes to support. This is my prayer for you, not because the causes need your support, so much, as because each of us has a basic, deep need to feel that our life makes a difference. There is nothing that meets that need so deeply as finding a truly important cause and getting behind it.
With that in mind, let me suggest a particularly worthy cause that could really use your support: Easter Seals. Most of you are probably at least familiar with the name, but may not be so familiar with what they actually do. Allow me to quote their web site:
Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities.
That “other disabilities” covers a lot of ground. From learning disabilities, to Muscular Distrophy, to Spina Bifida, Easter seals covers them all.
But what makes this particular organization so noble and worthy? Simple. This is one organization that makes a very practical and immediate difference. It’s not pie in the sky. You’re not giving money to those that don’t deserve it. It’s a cause that really makes an impact that you can see, touch, and feel. Best of all, those served by Easter Seals are some of the bravest and strongest souls among us. Souls that did nothing to deserve their plight, but who must, somehow, find strength to deal with it.
One such example of a person that faces such adversity with heart and grace is a friend of mine named Amanda Martin. She is raising money for the Easter Seals. She has a goal of raising $1000, but personally, I think that is way too small a goal for so worthy a cause. So won’t you join me in helping her reach much higher. Let’s see if we can reach 10 times that goal, or maybe even 20. Heck, the sky’s the limit. Here is the link to her donations page:
Do yourself a favor: stand and be counted. Give to this cause because it will count and you will know you have made a difference. You will know that you have brought a smile to a wonderful girl named Amanda, and to many others as well. You will have made a difference by helping Amanda make a difference. And that is HUGE.