EVENT DATE: Dec 06, 2014
Every day, we are incredibly aware of how much we have and that so many people in the world are dealing with very difficult circumstances. Instead of a traditional gift, we ask you to consider making a donation to one of the charities on our registry, which you can access here. We've chosen three charities that mean a great deal to us personally. We can't think of a better way to celebrate our love and the spirit of the Christmas season, than by sharing our day with others in such a tangible way.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. No child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.
Saint Jude is the patron saint of impossible causes. We love that St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is taking on an "impossible" task of ending devastating childhood diseases that cut short the lives of young people and bring so much pain to their families. Every year, their advertisements around the holidays, reminding us to give thanks for the health of our loved ones, is a pause amidst all the busyness of the season to remember what we have. Eric's high school science teacher was, before she made a full recovery and became a teacher, a "St. Jude's kid." We became engaged just a few days before the death of one of their long-time spokespersons, Robin Williams, and we chose this charity because of their mission, because of Ms. Turner, and because Mr. Williams' life touched us both so deeply.
Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks - BCFO provides short-term non-medical financial assistance to residents of southwest Missouri and the Four States (Joplin) area in current treatment for breast cancer with demonstrated financial need.
Cancer is a ridiculously expensive thing to treat, and the financial support they provide is for many women and families absolutely critical to avoid long-term crippling debt. More than this, though, BCFO provides a network of emotional support for the patients which is unrivaled by that offered anywhere else in the Ozarks, as it's a network of people who have or are fighting the same thing. Eric's mother battled breast cancer from October of 2012 until September of 2013, and the outpouring of support from BCFO left an indelible impression of gratitude and love in his mind for the organization, its people, and its mission.
Care & Share, Inc. - Care and Share Food Bank's purpose is to bridge the gap between hunger and abundance. Its mission is to provide food, partnering opportunities, and education to combat hunger and food insecurity in Southern Colorado communities, with a vision of ending hunger in Southern Colorado.
Megan has been connected to Care & Share since high school, volunteering when her mother was working for them as their Events Coordinator. Her connection to hunger issues grew when she became an advocate with Bread for the World, later joining their board of directors, which she continues to serve on. Care & Share is one of the highest esteemed organizations in Colorado Springs, a beacon of the community, especially during tragedies like the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires. They raise millions of pounds of food to help people in crisis, and continue to serve the people in the community who are experiencing a difficult time feeding their families. Megan feels strongly that food is a right, not a privilege, and that everyone should have enough to eat so that they may function as a full member of society.