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For years, I stood on the side lines and admired people who volunteered their time participating in charities and raising awareness for causes. Until I took action, I never experienced the level of compassion that comes with giving to those in need. There is an extraordinary connection to humanity experienced that is difficult to describe. It’s a humbling yet empowering feeling when you make a choice to help others. The holidays are upon us and the spirit of giving is in full force. It’s the time of year that those in need have hope. As individuals, we have the ability to make wishes come true. Even the smallest things we choose to do, can make a big difference in the lives of others.
I will share some very personal things and let you into my heart. In exchange for doing that, I want you to read this entire post. Don’t skim. I thank you, genuinely, in advance for reading this and supporting me.
I realized the importance of donating blood after my husband was in an accident, underwent major surgery, and was given blood. Now, I donate blood. As a mother of thriving children, I realized the importance of helping other children. I volunteered my time at a school for homeless children. I brought holiday gifts donated by co-workers. The gratitude and smiles from the children were overwhelming as they received a pair of socks or a sweatshirt. My kids wish for games to play on their computers. Other children wish for socks and don’t receive them. Last but not least, for the past three years, I’ve supported the United Way. I work with local businesses to donate products for annual corporate fundraisers. For me, the difficult part in doing these things was coming to terms with how unfortunate many people are, including infants and children.
It’s easy to take our cozy beds and meals for granted. We don’t think about what exists outside our beautiful bubble. It’s emotionally difficult to do that. However, as you read this, some people wish they could read. People are suffering from illness and cannot get the medical care they need. Babies don’t get their diapers changed because some families can’t afford them. Communities, both domestic and abroad, have experienced disasters and don’t have the essentials needed to survive, such as drinking water. I’m not trying to be depressing but I believe everyone can connect to some cause in their own personal way. Just as I did when I gave blood or volunteered at the school. Personal experiences led me to do those things. I want to ask you to think about causes and charities that are important to you this holiday season.
Donate a Photo and Help Those In Need
Johnson & Johnson has enabled us a way to make a difference. It’s very simple – Donate a Photo. We do it on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter all the time. Just share a photo through Johnson & Johnson’s free app. When you donate a photo, through the app, Johnson & Johnson donates $1 to one of its trusted non-profit partners*. You choose the cause that is important to you. This is an extraordinary way you can give back to those in need. You can share your photos to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram when using the app to help spread the word so others will be inspired to donate. Approximately 1.75 million photos have been donated and over 180,000 people have contributed since the campaign launched in 2013. Any photo counts and you can share one photo each day.
Download the FREE mobile app from the app store and start sharing now. It’s available for Apple and Android. Read more about the organizations and causes that Johnson & Johnson supports and the incredible accomplishments that have resulted from people sharing their photos.
Save The Children “Gifts of Joy” Holiday Catalogue
Johnson & Johnson has been partnered with Save the Children for a long time. The partnership extends around the world and the organization continue to build upon their relationship. Johnson & Johnson offers their products through Save the Children’s emergency program to help fund essential needs, such as health and hygiene, for families around the world. Both organizations actively work with policy makers to prioritize investments and funds that will improve the health of newborns and mothers. Learn more about the extraordinary partnership and work between Johnson & Johnson and Save the Children.
While shopping online this season, consider the Save The Children “Gifts of Joy” holiday catalogue. When you make a purchase from the catalogue, Johnson & Johnson will match each donation (up to $450,000) in support of their three-year $10 million commitment. You can choose specific gifts from the catalogue or give any amount of money to go to where it’s needed most. For example, you can purchase bees that will provide a steady source of income for families or a soccer ball to promote carefree happiness and exercise for children. Just browsing the catalogue gives you a sense of how deeply in need others are.
Will You Give Back?
Have I inspired you to participate and give back this holiday season? I will share my favorite photos through Johnson & Johnson’s app so be on the lookout! Spread the love this holiday season and beyond. Beautiful human beings are out there with hope who need help.
I send my warmest thoughts and love to you and your families this holiday season. And THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for reading this post.
*Johnson & Johnson has curated a list of trusted causes, and you can donate a photo to one cause, once a day. Each cause will appear in the app until it reaches its goal, or the donation period ends. If the goal isn’t reached, the cause will still get a minimum donation.