North Texas Giving Day

Yes, I know that North Texas Giving Day isn't until Thursday, but I wanted to give you time to look through the worthy causes, find one you like, and figure out how much you can give.  But first, let's learn a little about NTGD.

NTGD is an annual online event that has generated $86 million dollars for various qualifying, charitable organizations over the last six years.  Anyone can donate and there is no minimum, but if you donate at least $25 dollars your donation is eligible for bonus funds.  Bonus funds were raised by several philanthropic organizations as well as donated by corporations and is additional money provided to this year's charities.

Now let's talk about a few of 2015's eligible charities.

Near and dear to my heart is the Dallas Fort Worth Labrador Retriever Rescue Club, which is the organization I got Pepper through.  This group centers around rescuing labradors and putting them in foster homes before finding them their new forever homes.  I really enjoyed working with them when finding my dog.  If labradors are your thing then think about donating to this great organization.
Speaking of rescuing animals: Operation Kindness is also participating.  Operation Kindness is the largest no-kill shelter in north Texas and it's also the organization where our friend Carie started The Max Fund.  On the 17th Carie will actually be locked in a kennel at Operation Kindness until her $5000 adoption fee has been paid.  Consider helping my buddy bust out and raise money for some wonderful animals.
I have been a big fan of the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas for years and have been to many of the fantastic productions that this organization puts on.  Seriously, this group gets people to sit outside in the Texas summer to watch Shakespeare and every time I've been there has been a line to get in, so you know they must be doing something right.  If you love Shakespeare or the theatre then perhaps this is a charity you would like to support.
I briefly introduced you to Hugs Cafe in July and this amazing organization is participating in NTGD.  Hugs Cafe is a restaurant that will provide jobs and life skills for adults with disabilities.  It is the dream of one determined woman, Ruth, and it's about to come true.  Hugs Cafe has signed a lease on a building in downtown McKinney and is planning on opening in October.  If you want to help make this dream a reality then this would be a great opportunity to help.
We've talked about Holy Family and the Community Garden Kitchen a great deal the past couple of weeks and perhaps you've been inspired to help build this Kitchen.  If you've missed it, Holy Family is a preschool in McKinney that helps prepare children, including many whose family's have limited income, to succeed in kindergarten and beyond through early childhood education and healthy food.  The Community Garden Kitchen is going to help feed the children of Holy Family and the community at large, as well as providing a space for meeting and learning.  Think about donating to the Community Garden Kitchen if you would like to share your love of food and education.
And last but certainly not least, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Originally the Robert Roesler de Villiers Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has grown into "the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society website)."  If you want to help provide treatment and research for a cure to all blood cancers then consider donating to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
There are a ton of other great charitable organizations participating in North Texas Giving Day, so find your favorite or favorites and let's see how much good we can do!

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