December 1st and Comments for a Cause is on my mind as I think about all of the wonderful causes that we have been able to support on It’s Just Life since April 2011. It has been a pleasure to be able to highlight and make a few donations to some of the wonderful charities and organizations that I have learned about over the years.
This past month I highlighted the initiative of the Little Free Library project that was begun after the death of Todd H. Bol who was the founder of the Little Free Library. You can read my post that by clicking here. As you know Little Free Libraries are near and dear to my heart and I am thrilled to share that due to your frequent comments on the blog this month Chris and I will be making a donation of $165 to The Todd H. Bol Vision Fund by clicking here.
Thank you to each of you who has left a comment, shared a blog post and encouraged me along the way. This donation is all because of you.
So many times I get ideas for my Comments for a Cause recipients from my readers and December is one that my blogger friend Dawn King has made me aware of. Dawn works tirelessly for truck safety in our nation and has been an advocate for years. She serves on the board of CRASH (Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways) and is also the president of the Truck Safety Coalition. Dawn blogs at Change Is Hard and this link will take you to her latest post about truck safety. It is work a read.
My Dad, Bill Badger, was killed on December 23 while on his way to the Atlanta airport to come north for Christmas. There was a small crash up ahead of him, and he, and most of the rest of traffic had moved to the left, as directed by police already on the scene. The semi behind him never noticed all those emergency vehicles, or the stopped traffic and plowed into dad going 65 miles per hour. Dad was killed instantly. He never had a chance. The semi driver said he had been driving all night (he was over the number of hours allowed to drive) and had fallen asleep at the wheel. Before Dad’s crash we had no idea how often crashes like this happen. Now my family and I work with CRASH to reduce the number of these crashes on our roads.
The CRASH Foundation works to educate the public, media, and government officials on important truck safety issues. The organization also provides a compassionate and supportive network for thousands of Americans who have suffered the horror of a truck crash. It gives them the contacts and tools needed to face the overwhelming grief and the myriad of problems that must be addressed to put their lives back in balance. The CRASH Foundation represents the millions of Americans who travel the nation’s highways every day, including truck drivers, motorists, crash survivors and families of truck crash victims. We are dedicated to eliminating the unnecessary deaths and injuries caused by truck crashes.
I can’t imagine a better charity to support and for each comment made on the blog during December Chris and I will make a donation of 50 cents (cap of $500) to CRASH to help support their efforts in truck safety. Thank you so much to Dawn for all of her work in creating safer highways for us all. Please connect with the Truck Safety Coalition on their various social media channels below. Their website has a wealth of information and is really well done.