by Tracy Kiely
by Tracy Kiely
There are some who would suggest that Elizabeth Parker is herself a (fashion) charity case due to her penchant for corduroy and cable knit sweaters. (However, to be fair, this charge was leveled at her by her best friend Bridget who herself dresses like a cross between Joan Collins and Liberace, so perhaps one should consider the source.)
The Smile Train helps millions of children in developing countries who have unrepaired cleft lips and palates and little to no prospect of ever receiving corrective surgery. Most of these children cannot eat or speak properly and aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. Their lives are filled with shame and isolation, pain and heartache. The Smile Train provides the corrective surgery and in doing so radically changes the lives of these children.
With gifts of livestock and training, Heifer International helps poverty stricken families in developing countries improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. Heifer refers to the animals as "living loans" because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal's offspring to another family in need. This is a cornerstone of the mission that creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace. There are several ways to donate; you can purchase a few chickens or a whole cow. But your gifts help change lives.
Take a moment to check out these charities and see if it’s something that you want to contribute to. You just might change a life today. Happy Holidays.