I was talking with one of my oldest friends recently (note: by this I mean we’ve known each other for almost 2 decades.  I also would like to point out that I am three weeks older than she.) about charities and which ones we support.  My criteria for donation?   Dogs, NPR, and kids.  And not necessarily in that order.

Now, sure, you should always check to make sure that the organization you donate to spends the donations wisely and in the manner you believe them to be.  Always remember, donations come in many different shapes and sizes – money, time, pop tab collection, volunteering for events, or even through running.  Go check out Charity Miles where you can earn up to 25 cents/mile walking or running and up to 10 cents/mile biking.  Find them at

Please feel free to do your own research, but in case you’re looking for something, check some of these out:

Autism –

(My race page if you’d rather donate through that:  )

Apraxia –

(Note that this is specific to NW Ohio.)

Animals – the local no-kill shelter in Raleigh, NC

Ronald McDonald House –

(The pop tab collection is how I justify my soda intake.)

And last, but definitely not least

Wounded Warrior Project –

There are many ways to help.  Remember:

If we all do one random act of kindness daily, we just might set the world in the right direction.  — M. Kornfeld


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