Donating to charity

Oy, guys, I made my first real donation to charity!

I’m not counting things like dropping change into collection buckets, or doing the 40-hour famine as a kid.

I mean a proper “grownup” kind of charitable donation.

Granted, I did it with reward points I accumulated, so it’s not coming out of my own (holey) pocket. And after the conversion to real dollars, it only comes out to $5.  But that doesn’t make it any less valid – right?

I picked Ronald McDonald house as my charity. I’ve been wanting to show my appreciation and do something to give back ever since T’s nephew was hospitalised earlier this year. Ronald McDonald house provided a place for his parents to stay nearby and cellphones so they could keep in touch with doctors and nurses.

They inspired me to want to help out, because they were so awesome at helping this family in their hour (or week) of need. It’s not something I’ve blogged about, because the circumstances around the whole thing were pretty touchy, so I won’t go there. Let’s just say the baby is doing unbelievably well. He’s recovering well and is getting back on track, and should be just fine.

4 thoughts on “Donating to charity

  • Reply Sense October 7, 2009 at 19:31

    ooh, what rewards scheme?

    I recently donated $50 to some hospital that researches cures for cancer. (I forget the name, but it starts with an ‘M.’) Where are all the charities in NZ? I could only find 4 or 5 listed on some website, including R McD House. My fave charities, heifer.org and kiva.org, don’t take NZD… 🙁

  • Reply Sense October 7, 2009 at 19:31

    congrats on your first charity donation! Be prepared for good karma to come your way. 🙂

  • Reply Amber from Girl with the Red Hair October 8, 2009 at 08:01

    I *try* to donate to charity as much as possible. It’s usually only $5 or so dollars at a time, though. Recently I donated to the Terry Fox Run and Run for the Cure.

    Hopefully, one day, when I have more money I will be able to donate more often!

  • Reply eemusings October 8, 2009 at 10:21

    I don’t know much about charities but maybe try the charities commission (charities.govt.nz) – might have a list of organisations!

    I donated points through valuedopinions.co.nz.

    I definitely would like to do more – and maybe sponsor a child one day. There are so many good causes out there though!

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