Congratulations to Janis Snider of Fredericksburg, VA & Lisa Moore Gee of Seattle, WA who have been chosen out of all the entries in our December contest. Janis & Lisa will both receive a $100 Visa gift card and we will be writing a check to their charities.
We have posted the winning entries below and would like to thank all of those who participated!
Janis Snider, Fredericksburg VA., writes….My favorite charity is Micah Ministries. Its a local organization which involves several churches in the downtown area but which encompasses many people of varied political beliefs, numerous religious affiliations, and differing walks of life. Its a group of people who are striving to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly….I am involved with Micah Ministries via several directions: I volunteer as a cook and bottle washer in the preparation of breakfast meals for the homeless at the Micah facility on Princess Anne Street, next to Fredericksburg Baptist Church. I also prepare meals for the Micah Respite House, a residential “home” where homeless people can recuperate from serious health issues. I give of my time. I also contribute monetary gifts, material goods, and prayer support for this very worthy endeavor. Perhaps the greatest reason for my interest in Micah Ministries stems from the concern of the people who are served by Micah Ministries: They are our neighbors, friends, loved ones, and relatives who need a helping hand. I also greatly admire the staff of Micah Ministries: They all repeatedly prove their love and compassion for those they serve.
Lisa Moore Gee, Seattle WA., writes….One way I like to give back is via the Ronald McDonald House, specifically my local one in Seattle,WA. Since I was a young child this has been a charity close to my heart. My grandma donated to them, usually a substantial donation which would go to a family. There was one family with a young boy who was ill and they wrote back to my grandma and thanked her for her donation. The family corresponded with my grandma for years, even after their son lost his battle with his disease. To my grandma it was just an act of kindness. To this family it meant their child could be treated and they wouldn’t have to stress about where the money came from. My grandma also sent cards for birthdays, Christmas and other holidays. Just like she would for all of her grandkids, she would stick $5 or so in the cards so the boy would have something for himself as well. The family told her that he really appreciated this and by sharing the letters and pictures with me, my grandma taught me the importance of giving back. She also would put the change in the box in front of the register after every order at McDonalds. This is something I have carried on in my adulthood, and am teaching to my children. It’s just pocket change, or whats left after placing an order. But it adds up and it goes to someone who could really use it. I also recently made a donation of $100 to the Seattle area Ronald McDonald House and look forward to helping to make small changes in the life of others.
We would like to wish every one a safe and happy holiday!