There I am, little Janine, blowing out my big girl candles on my birthday with a stack of presents that weren’t wrapped in Christmas gift wrap.
I’ll never remember what was inside of those boxes or what I was wishing for at that very moment but when I look at a picture like this, it makes me so oh-so fortunate to have these kind of memories; to be raised in a household of love and comfort with a homemade birthday cake and even pink icing. Through the years, my friends and family have always been so supportive. I have the world.
This year, when I blow out my birthday candles, I’m going to be wishing for health and peace for all of those that need it most.
Here are a couple of my favorite charities [if you feel the urge to donate]:
- Pencils of Promise: Pencils of Promise believes every child should have access to quality education. They create schools, programs, and global communities around the common goal of education for all.
- Reach Out and Read: Reach Out and Read prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.
- My Stuff Bags: The My Stuff Bags Foundation provides new belongings, comfort and hope to thousands of children each year who must be rescued from abuse, neglect and abandonment across the United States.
- Canines for Disabled Kids: Canines for Disables Kids supports the creation of child-canine service teams to promote independence and social awareness.
And while we’re talking about giving back, I should tell you that I’m going to be starting a new series on my blog soon called Benevolence. It will feature charities that could use our help and my own experience with volunteer opportunities around Columbus. This will be sprinkled in with the regular blog posts on business, travel and fitness. Can’t wait to share!Hugs, The Birthday Girl