Fridays with Faith: Making a Difference in 2014
Good morning Fridays with Faith Readers! Last week you heard all about Faith Cares. Isn’t it wonderful to give back to our servicemen and women who’ve done so much for us? I think it’s pretty pawesome! Speaking of pawesome, ma Cares has a fantastic line-up of charitable efforts that we will be supporting next year and I want to make sure you’ve got the scoop! Listed below is a brief summary of each and in the coming weeks I’ll be shining the spotlight on them for more behind-the-scenes info on the wonderful work that we’ll be supporting! How better to spend 2014 than making a difference in the lives of children, families, veterans and animals?
Hope you enjoy and hope YOU will get involved! Just contact us!
ma Cares for Servicemen and Women. In order to support them, we have established our own program, Faith Cares. Faith Cares was an idea inspired by service dog Faith, who is named after US Army Sergeant Faith Hinkley, who died on August 7, 2010 in Iskandariya, Iraq.
This program is twofold; it will continue a sponsorship program initiated in 2013 to assist veterans by raising funds to cover the costs of continued care for their service dogs. This program will also provide support and encouragement to active duty military units during their deployment by sending letters and care packages.
ma Cares for Kids. To assist children in our community we have identified two organizations – The Kids of Childhood Cancer Foundation and Pathways Center – which we will support throughout 2014.
The Kids of Childhood Cancer Foundation was created by parents on Brenner’s Pediatric Oncology Ward who have struggled through the Childhood Cancer Journey in hopes of easing the journey for the rest of the children still battling on. They provide financial support – including household bills, medical bills, food, gas cards, clothes, and toys. They also hold events for the children, such as Ice Cream Parties, Polar Express parties, and LEGO Therapy Night. The foundation sends families in North Carolina on respite vacations to their Safe Haven Beach Condo on Topsail Island, to escape from their harsh reality and provides support for whatever is needed on an individual basis.
ma Cares will assist The Kids of Childhood Cancer Foundation through the collection of in-kind donations as needed, fundraising efforts, and helping raise awareness of their important work.
Pathways Center is a division of Greensboro Urban Ministry. Their purpose is to offer safe, temporary shelter to homeless families while they are looking for other housing. The Center houses 16 families. Each family is provided with private sleeping quarters, restroom, kitchen facilities and storage.
ma Cares donates perishable and non-perishable items to Pathways as often as items are available and requested. In addition to donating food, clothing and cleaning supplies we also coordinate special events to encourage and inspire the residents. In the past year we hosted a school supply drive and Halloween Party in the fall, a holiday party for the winter, a Valentines celebration and an Easter party. These events give the residents an opportunity to celebrate with their families without the stress of having to purchase special gifts and food out of their extremely limited budgets.
ma Cares for Critters. In order to assist homeless, neglected, or abused animals in our community, we will support Red Dog Farm Animal Rescue Network throughout 2014.
Red Dog Farm Animal Rescue Network is a North Carolina 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation formed in August 2006 to rescue and rehabilitate neglected, abused or otherwise unwanted animals in and around Guilford County, with a particular focus on domestic farm animals. The rescue utilizes a network of volunteers and private foster families to accomplish their mission. To date, Red Dog Farm has helped rescue over 1700 animals including but not limited to horses, dogs, cats, sheep, pigs, goats, bunnies, birds, and reptiles. Their offices are currently located in Bur-Mil Park in Greensboro, NC.
ma Cares, in consultation with Red Dog Farm Animal Rescue Network, has identified a critical need of their organization that we hope to address. Many homeless animals are in need of care or emergency treatment in order to save their lives and better their chances at finding a forever homes. To help give these animals a second chance, ma Cares will engage in fundraising efforts to build up an emergency fund to be used for injured or sick animals in the care of Red Dog Farm Animal Rescue Network.
ma Cares for Cures. Disease research and prevention is a cause that is very important to us. Throughout 2014 ma Cares will support Earlier.org – Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test®.
Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test® has only one office, located in Greensboro, North Carolina, with one full time and two part time staff members. The objective of the organization is to direct as many funds as possible, as quickly as possible, to research focused solely on earlier detection of breast cancer.
ma Cares sponsors Earlier.org fund raising events through monetary donations and non-monetary donations that can be liquidated. Recently, we were a supporting sponsor at their 2013 Fall event; Gathering of Friends Gala Dinner. In the future, we plan to sponsor other similar events and are partnering with them to continue to liquidate items to support their research team.
Come back next week for more tails from yours truly!