The photos that show the devastation that Typhoon Haiyan has left behind are overwhelming. Even reaching out to help can be confusing, with endless charities to sort through. In the wake of such an earth-shattering storm, the Philippines’ president has declared that they are in a state of national calamity. It’s not easy to see endless images of suffering so many miles away and feel helpless.
One of the more heartbreaking moments of the media’s storm coverage was when Magina Fernandez, a survivor who lost her home and business, looked into CNN’s cameras and begged for international help to arrive immediately because the situation is “worse than hell.” Another man in the same video explained that he doesn’t know anyone who hasn’t lost at least one person they love in the storm. That’s pretty incomprehensible. Here are a few charities to turn to if you’d like to offer help to Haiyan’s victims. Keep reading »
Talk about turning lemons into lemonade. When Tamara Fowler’s wedding was called off just 40 days before she was to be married at Villa Christina catering hall in Atlanta, her parents, who had already planned and paid for the wedding, were naturally upset at first. But instead of wallowing in the unfortunateness of it all, they found a way of turning their financial loss into a positive contribution to their community. Working with the Hosea Feed the Hungry organization, Carol and Willie Fowler invited 200 of the city’s homeless men, women and children to enjoy the four-course meal at what would have been Tamara’s wedding reception. Tamara was there as well, and her mother said, “She was also very delighted to see and know that others had an opportunity to enjoy something, rather than just allow it to go to waste.” What a lovely and generous demonstration of how to turn something negative into something positive. [ABC News]
Drake may be the softest rapper in the game, but there’s something to be said for Wheelchair Jimmy’s heart of gold. Ohio woman Anna Angel was working her shift at the local Burger King when a blaze tore through her trailer home, killing her boyfriend and their five young children. Drake and fellow rapper The Game, who recently pledged $1 million to The Robin Hood Project, have promised to donate the full $22,5000 fee required for the funeral of Angel’s tragically lost family. Drake posted a picture of the family to his Instagram on Tuesday, writing alongside the photo, “Myself and @thedocumentary are donating a total of $22,500 to Ana Angel.. who lost her boyfriend & their 5 children in a house fire on behalf of @therobinhoodproject #therobinhoodproject … What @thedocumentary is doing will never be forgotten. Honored to be able to help people along side my brother.” Good work, boys. [Gossip Cop]
Last week, an unnamed woman walked into a Kmart store in Auburn, Maine. Shoppers who saw her say she looked weak and tired, leaning on shelves and taking frequent breaks on her way to the layaway counter, where she told the staff she was terminally ill and wanted to do something nice before she died. Fifteen minutes later, she had paid off 16 balances for layaway bills, to the tune of $3,000. She left without being identified, but is now known as Auburn’s “Layaway Angel.” Keep reading »
Sam Simon made a fortune as the co-creator of “The Simpsons” and has credits on “Anger Management” and “The Drew Carey Show.” Since “The Simpsons” is one of the most syndicated television shows ever, Simon has amassed a wildly large fortune — so large he doesn’t even know what his net worth actually is.
Earlier this year, Simon was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer, and that led to him making some hard decisions. He’s not married and doesn’t have children, so after making sure that everyone in his family was taken care of, Simon decided to donate everything to charity. He’s already created the Sam Simon Foundation, which provides direct food aid to starving people and animals. And he regularly gives to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, PETA, and Save the Children.
And now in his final months, Simon has launched a very special personal project. Keep reading »
Monday afternoon a mile-wide tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, a suburb on the outskirts of Oklahoma City. The tornado’s deadly path tore through a hospital and two schools, and while rescue crews still aren’t sure about the exact number of victims, the county medical examiner confirmed that there are at least 24 dead.
As search crews continue to look for any remaining survivors amid the rubble, we wanted to let the people of Moore and its surrounding communities know that we are thinking of them, and want to give you, our readers, the opportunity to help out.
After the jump, a list of charities you can donate to, that will help to rescue, recover and restore the people of Moore. In most cases, due to time, space and administrative costs, these charities are asking for financial, rather than material, donations. Generally, whenever possible, it’s good to donate to local organizations and charities first, as they typically have a better idea of what’s need in their communities and are more invested in recovering and reviving affected areas. Keep reading »
IndieGoGo is a fundraising platform that helps people generate money for “passion projects.” On the homepage of IndieGoGo’s site, there is a campaign to help a young girl with brittle bones. Another aims to fund an indie film project. And yet another is in support of an ocean clean up feasibility study. IndieGoGo explains itself as “a crowdfunding platform where people who want to raise money can create fundraising campaigns to tell their story and get the word out. IndieGoGo is also a place to discover what people all over the world are passionate about and how to get involved.” No, there is nothing that says the funding raised via IndieGoGo must be used for some altruistic project or entrepreneurial end, however that seems to be implicitly understood by people who start campaigns on the site. Successful projects are ones that are able to capture the hearts and minds of potential funders because they provide a worthwhile service, or help those in need.
Sure, you can try to get funding for any old thing via IndieGoGo. But should you? Should you try and get funding for a total pisser of a vacay to Japan just because you really want to go to Japan and hang out with your buddy there? I’m gonna go with no. And yet! This person feels like it’s totally cool to expect people to fund her vacation. Keep reading »
We’ve all done a few things we’re probably not too proud of. But there’s still time! You can make up for some of your bad choices this past year by donating to one of several charities we’ve found that address a variety of shameful transgressions. And don’t worry: All the charities we’ve picked have four star ratings from Charity Navigator, which means that the money you give will actually go to the cause you’re trying to support (and not just to administrative costs and office supplies). So think about what crimes you’ve committed this year, and donate accordingly (we promise we won’t tell on you) — and start the year with a clean slate!
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This holiday season, The Frisky staff is committed to giving back. Throughout the month of December we’ll be telling you about some of the charities and nonprofits that we support, why they’re important to us, and how you can support them too, if you’re so inclined.
Who they are: The Good Dog Foundation
What they do: The Good Dog Foundation is devoted to bringing people who are suffering — from trauma, from loss, from illness, etc. — the comfort offered by the nonjudgemental love and support of specially trained therapy dogs. They provide therapy dog services to people in health care, social service, educational and community facilities in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts, and at disaster sites around the country. (Currently, a similar group has sent therapy dogs to Newtown, CT, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.) Keep reading »