Giving time and donations to people and organizations that are in need is a really great thing. My husband and I have been really blessed in our lives and we try to “give back” as much as we can. Donating can be done in a variety of ways. Clothing and household items can be given to stores such as the Salvation Army and Goodwill. Churches and women’s shelters also often look for items such as these. There are a lot of organizations that will accept food donations from food pantry’s, shelters and churches. Many businesses run food drives during the holiday season or in the summer when children are no longer being provided meals at school. There are thousands of organizations that will accept monitary donations. But we can not forget that donating time can also be very valuable. Finding a way to be involved in your community will give you great feelings of joy and purpose.
Last year I had a close friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Although I had known many women in my life who were affected by this disease this woman was the first whom I truly considered to be a friend. My friend was one of the lucky ones. Early detection was helpful. She chose to have a masectomy and reconstructive surgery rather than deal with chemo and other harsh treatments. They were able to remove all of the cancerous tissue and today she is cancer free. While the outcome was good for her the scars are still there. Reconstructive surgery helped ease the loss of her breast but it has still been a difficult road. My friend shouldn’t have had to suffer and neither should the thousands of women who walk this same road each year.
October is traditionally known as Breast Cancer Awareness month. I have decided to get the ball rolling a little early. I just signed up for the Race For The Cure which will be held in Little Rock in mid October. I have also designed a special iPod cover for my shop that supports breast cancer reseach.
Right now in my shop you can purchase the Susan G. Komen Benefit iPod Cover for $12.00. $10.00 of the sale will go directly to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the remaining $2.00 will go to cover my production and shipping costs. If you are intersted in purchasing one of these iPod covers you can go to http://willowartist.etsy.com .