Mark A. Carter

DONATIONS: Saint Vincent de Paul,
Sick Kids, and War Amps

World famous Canadian Science Fiction writer Mark A. Carter talks about donating to a worthy cause as part of the obligation that those of us with some means have to those of us who are less fortunate.

I believe in donating to a worthy cause. Even if all you can afford is twenty dollars per year, Donna and I encourage you to find a way to donate. My father always donated to the War Amps of Canada.

He said it was because they provided a key tag service, which they have done since 1946. But I knew better. Dad donated to support crippled Canadian veterans who were provided with prosthetics through the War Amps.

If I may suggest ten organizations to donate to, in alphabetical order, they would be the:

American | Canadian Diabetes Association
American | Canadian Red Cross
Canadian National Institute for the Blind
Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Toronto Hospital for Sick Children
War Amps of Canada, and
Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation

My wife is particularly concerned with the plight of the homeless, street kids, families at risk, and seniors, so I ask you also to consider giving to the  Salvation Army in Canada  or to  Salvation Army USA.

I know that times are hard for all of us. But still I encourage you to give generously. Whether you support the organizations we have suggested, organizations of your own choosing, or the homeless shelter in your local area, I implore you to open your hearts, and your wallets, if only for a few dollars. The money you give could be the difference between life and death for someone in need. It may provide a sheltered bed for a homeless soul on a dangerously cold winter night or the soup and a sandwich that keeps a despondent soul from giving up. Be kind to these people. They need your help. No one asks to be down and out.

And particularly during times of disaster, please open your hearts and your wallets. The weather is getting crazy courtesy of global warming. And the hard hit need our help.

May I also suggest different ways to make a donation. Instead of donating money, you could donate your time. Work as a volunteer in the local soup kitchen. Help feed the homeless and the less fortunate. Get your entire family involved. Volunteering is good for the soul. You can also donate your lightly worn clothing and shoes to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul - Canada or to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul - USA. They will come to your home and pick up. And they will distribute your items to those in need.

Years ago, when I was a poor graduate student in a new town, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul was kind enough to give me a bed for the asking. I have recently returned the kindness with a donation of lightly worn coats and shoes, a dining room table, and a pristine sofa. And so it goes.

You can also give after you are gone. Fill out your organ donor card. It may save someone's life.

There but for the Grace of God go we all.

Now you know.

from the imagination of Mark A. Carter - writer

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