charities holiday season

The holiday season is a time to treasure time with friends and family and also think of those less fortunate. These are the charities we’re giving to this holiday season:



In preparation of World AIDS Day on December 1, 2013 I gave to The Red Pump Project  – A National organization that raises awareness of the impact HIV and red pump projectAIDS has on women and girls affected and infected with the disease.





hayleyThis year my family and I decided to sponsor a child through Children International, a one-to-one child sponsorship program that supports impoverished children internatinalchildren through providing education, healthcare and food. Click here to learn more about their efforts please visit their website and see how your contribution can change the life of one who can effect change in the lives of many others.



I know we are all preparing to indulge in some decadent food this Thanksgiving, but during holidays that are centered around family and food, I like to remember harvestersthose in our community who struggle just to fill their bellies with nutrition, especially children. Harvesters food pantry is striving to eliminate child hunger in the Kansas City area. They distributed 44 millions pounds of food in the last year, with an estimated 16.2 million pounds going to feed children under age 18, and 37% of those fed by Harvesters network (or more than 26,000 a week) are children. Donate your time, money, or food! 


alyssaI’m passionate about helping the Salvation Army and their Online Red Kettle efforts. My grandpa rang bells for over 40 years of his life and now, my family rings salvation army red kettleevery year in his name. I also serve on the Salvation Army Online Red Kettle board and help with social media and marketing efforts. I love the Online Red Kettle cause because I can raise money online among my friends and family and all money raise goes to help community efforts in my zip code. Though my grandpa never even touched a computer in his life, it makes me proud (and hopefully makes him proud as he watches over) to use my passions to help a cause he loved so much. Give to my online red kettle here.