It’s the 1st of the month and that means it is time for Comments for a Cause on It’s Just Life. The fog is finally lifting from my head and I think I am pretty fully recovered from my massive wedding trip to Europe. I am getting back in the groove a little bit more each day and happy to be able to be writing and blogging a bit again.
Comments for a Cause for the month of August was a cause that is very special and dear to my heart. Ace and TJ’s Grin Kids Established in 2000, Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing a magical, all-expense paid, 5-day experience at Walt Disney World for children between the ages of 5-12 who are terminally ill or chronically disabled and their immediate family. Ace and TJ have shared their stories and their love of these children and their families for 17 years and show no signs of stopping. Please click here to read the original post about their wonderful charity.
I am happy to report that as a result of comments made on the blog during the month Chris and I will be making a donation of $130 to the organization. We are thrilled to be able to make a small donation towards making the dreams of some of these special children come true. If you would like to contribute as well please check out their website at grinkids.org.
Hurricane Harvey is what is on everyone’s minds these days and the devastation and destruction continues to unfold each day as I watch the news coverage. It is heartbreaking and so very sad but in the midst of it all there is hope. There are stories of ordinary people who are making a difference. One of my favorite stories is the Chick Fil A story. Have you heard this one? You can click on the picture to go to the story and video.
Elderly Houston Couple Rescued After Ordering Lunch and a BOAT from Chick-fil-A (Video)
The one agency that I go to during times of disasters such as Hurricane Harvey is UMCOR — United Methodist Committee on Relief. Aside from being a United Methodist organization it is THE best at getting boots on the ground immediately after a disaster and staying through after many other organizations leave. I read someplace that they stayed 7 years post Katrina. That’s a long time but necessary.
UMCOR makes sure that 100% of its donations go to the area that the giver designates. Overhead costs and salaries are covered through other donations made through the One Great Hour of Sharing collections and if need be an Undesignated Advance #999895.
There is no way that I can even begin to understand all that is needed post Harvey. As the waters rise and people are displaced I continue to realize that sometimes a monetary donation is what is needed most. I fully support UMCOR and this month Chris and I will donate $1 per comment made on any post on It’s Just Life to UMCOR for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. We are upping our game this month by increasing the amount. The United Methodist Church already has a great system in place where they distribute donated flood buckets and hygiene kits to areas in need. Local churches assemble these kits and they are stored and sent out when the need arises. It is a great way to physically do something as well and our church locally is collecting them as I write this. UMCOR has this to suggest as ways to help:
5 THINGS YOU CAN DO
Please pray for those whose lives have been impacted by Harvey.
Please also pray for Early Response Teams, disaster coordinators, and the many volunteers who are working tirelessly to provide relief.
Make relief kits. Download the packing list and shipping label at umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies.
Give to UMCOR’s relief and recovery efforts: U.S. Disaster Response, Advance #901670 at umcor.org/donate.
Donate only those items requested. (To keep relief supplies in stock, give to Material ResourcesAdvance #901440 at umcor.org/donate.)
Please wait for an invitation to volunteer.
The United Methodist Committee On Relief is grateful for your relentless prayers and support.
I could continue to write more about this recent disaster but I suspect all of my readers are well informed at this point. Please consider giving to UMCOR where I know your donations will be used appropriately. I will include all of their social media links at the close of this post. Don’t forget—every comment = $1 towards Hurricane Harvey aid. Thank you as always for your continued support of Comments for a Cause.
I am taking Monday off for the holiday but stop back by on Tuesday and you might just see a teapot I bought while we were in Paris. Have a great weekend.
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Another great cause!! Love you!
Thanks! Chris just told me to up the amount to $1 a comment this month so I just updated it! Thanks for stopping by and sending love your way!
Great cause Beth Ann.
I’m not familiar with this organization, but it sounds wonderful. My niece and her son live between Galveston and Houston. Their neighborhood flooded, but they and their house are okay. So Thankful!
You always have the right organization for the right cause. Our school is filling up a 53 ft semi truck with supplies to bring to Texas. We did the same for Hurricane Sandy. It’s such a great way to get the community involved and show the students how every little bit helps in times like these.
Thanks for supporting UMCOR – wonderful organization! 👍🏼
An absolutely fitting cause for September. Thanks to you and Chris for doing this.
Churches are often the first to step up. My second daughter traveled twice with a church group from Faribault to help with clean-up after Hurricane Katrina. She got an email this week from the company that has certified her for Spanish medical interpreting. They are in need of bi-lingual volunteer interpreters in Texas. Unfortunately she cannot afford, financially, to go this time.
I’ve been missing your 1st day intros, what do you know I’d catch it when you’re helping Harvey victims!?! Feel blessed for having my family in Corpus Christi and Houston unaffected by the storm, except for power outages. Thank you for your kindness!
A fitting & timely cause indeed! Just wanted to add that hurricane victims can also use clothes. A two fer you can get rid of clothes no longer needed & they go to someone who needs them. Three fer if you have boxes laying around. The Southside Skatepark 510 Iowa St Houston, TX 77587 will distribute those gently used clothing to residents in need! Sorry I don’t mean to spam out your blog, but figured it’s a common cause! Thanks as always for your larger than life heart Beth! Peace and lunch to all y’all!
Great cause! So many needs in Texas right now. I love how you shared several ways to help.
I’m not familiar with your cause, but it sounds great. Every little bit helps in disaster relief. We’ve helped physically cleaning up folks’ homes after storms like Hurricane Harvey and the devastation just shocks you when you see it firsthand. Our daughter helped in the Gulf coast after Katrina, and hubby, son, daughter-in-law and I did relief work on Staten Island after Superstorm Sandy. Hubby’s brother and family live in Houston, but they are safe and we are thankful for that. I hope you get tons of comments for this one, Beth Ann!
I can’t think of a better cause. Thanks for bringing information on how to help.
Sounds like a great cause!
Lunch and a boat? I can’t watch the video, but what a cool title!
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So many disasters, and it’s easy to feel powerless. I love the ideas here!
Thanks for stopping by! There really are some simple ideas that can help, aren’t there? I will continue to support disaster relief on the blog over the next couple of months.
You know I so love when you do these posts, and especially with such an important cause that is so so timely. Thank you for your dedication to supporting so many. XO
Thank YOU for taking the time to stop by. My cause next month will also be disaster related —there is so much need and if I can make a little donation this way and get some info out I count it all joy. Thank you for all that you do as well to go out of your way to help others.
My number one organization to donate to!
Thanks for stopping by! It’s such a great charity!
Thank you for sharing such a great organization for a wonderful cause!
Thank YOU for taking the time to read and comment!!!
This is such an amazing idea! Great post. I had family in Texas during Harvey and then soon after we had to evacuate for Irma. It’s been a tough hurricane season this year.
Kristen– thanks so much for stopping by . What a month you and your family have had. I hope you are all doing okay. Anything I can do to help promote recovery aid is my goal. Take care and thanks again for stopping by.
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