“Hello and this is Blogmas Day 8. Mr. Swinebottom is with me tonight once again (yay!) and we’re going to talk about a few of our favorite charities. It’s the Christmas season and here at Peregrine Arc, we are givers and believe in paying it forward!
“Come on in, have a candy cane and click that subscribe button to become part of the Arican family. Ker-kaw, ker-kaw! Move your tail feathers and let’s begin!”
Author: “So let’s dive in, shall we? My favorite charity of choice has to be Compassion International, or sometimes referred to simply as Compassion. The saint and I have sponsored many children over the years, including kids from Haiti and Thailand. These kiddos are often born into extreme poverty, or have working-poor parents or both. Circumstances vary, but we can all agree it takes a village to raise a child. And we could all use a little encouragement every now and again.
“You can choose a child to sponsor, or have one assigned to you by Compassion. And you know what’s really fun? You get to exchange letters back and forth with your kid! We keep all our letters and have our kid’s photos framed and hung up in our house. We pray for them and have gotten to know each of them over the years. It’s really a lot of fun.
“Poverty is a multi-pronged issue and often affects generations of families. Compassion focuses on child welfare, education and presenting Christianity and the hope Jesus brings. If you get to the core of Christian teachings, it levels the playing field. We’re all equal and are commanded to treat each other as who we really are: children of God.
“If you’re able, consider sponsoring a child. I think it’s around $38 dollars a month. Or if you can’t sponsor, keep these kids in your prayers. Buy fair trade. Learn about different cultures. All big change begins with a small ripple. Wouldn’t you say, Mr. Swinebottom?”
Mr. Swinebottom: “I’m in total agreement here! Compassion is a great charity. We always encourage doing your own research before deciding to give. Plan your giving into your budget, decide what you’re passionate about and fly with it, Arcians!
“Now, my “charity” is more of a non-profit that helps out kiddos in the American justice system. It’s called CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates. It’s a mouthful, yes–but that’s because they’re awesome! They’re called CASA’s for short, or as I like to call them, guardian angels. They’re basically trained volunteer attorneys who help steer kids through the judicial system and serve as an advocate for their best interests. You’re trained all the way and the people you’ll meet are great!
“These cases are usually extreme, with pretty significant dependency, neglect or abuse issues. And that’s why these kids need your help and guiding hand. Consider reading up and finding your CASA branch today!”*
Author: That’s amazing! As you can see, we’re passionate about children here at Peregrine Arc. We believe all young whipper snappers should have the chance to grow up into full grown ankle biters. And that’s regardless of where you came from or how you got there.”
Mr. Swinebottom: “I’ll second that! Join us tomorrow for Blogmas 2018: Day 9. And remember, the only thing not worth giving is a cold virus! Or any kind of germ really. Unless you’re building up your immune system. Hmm… Until next time, Arcians!”
*Anything underlined in Peregrine Arc blogs includes a link to learn more information. If you click on the “CASA” link, scroll to the bottom to do a search for your state’s CASA location. Thanks for reading.