Days of Thanks / Days of Giving: Week 6
December 23, 2019
December 23, 2019
Our sixth and final week of Days of Thanks / Days of Giving 2019 wraps up during the week of Christmas. We conclude our thankful giving campaign with four impactful charity choices that are making an enormous difference in peoples’ lives across the country.
Debris Free Oceans
Project Manager Sumer Thomas selected Debris Free Oceans (DFO) for her donation. One of Sumer’s good friends founded DFO to educate people about the negative impact of debris in our oceans and to empower them to affect positive change by taking action in different ways.
“From interfering with food webs, ghost fishing, and transferring toxins up the food chain, this marine debris significantly interferes with the ecosystem and human health, and it has many socio-economic impacts. The eradication of marine debris is essential to the wellbeing of our current and future generations, and the unique characteristics of marine debris as an environmental problem require an innovative approach to its eradication.”
“There are 400 billion stars in the Milky Way while 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic reside in our oceans (13 times more).”
Programs include cleanups, education, lifestyle events, and sustainability consulting. Their stats are impressive — 7,883 people engaged at zero-waste lifestyle events, 29,345 pounds of trash removed from Miami, and 7,018 students educated about plastic pollution.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Society’s mission: “People affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.”
This foundation provides cutting-edge research, advocacy, and education about Multiple Sclerosis. They accelerate research, advocate to improve the lives of those suffering from MS, and provide resources, connections, and support for patients.
Students for Sensible Drug Policy
Michelle Whitmore sees the enormous value of teaching future generations about cannabis and loves that Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) “… brings young people of all political and ideological orientations together to have honest conversations about drugs and drug policy.”
SSDP is the largest global youth-led network dedicated to ending the War on Drugs. They steward positive change by providing a platform where members collaborate, communicate, share resources with, and coach each other to generate policy change, deliver honest drug education, and promote harm reduction. SSDP mobilizes and empowers young people to participate in the political process, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future.
Futures Without Violence
Nichole Ovens chose Futures Without Violence as her charity of choice. The mission and approach of this organization are important and meaningful to her and her daughter. FWV’s vision is a future without violence that provides education, safety, justice, and hope. For more than 30 years, they have developed innovative ways to end violence against women, children, and families at home and around the world.
FWV strives to reach new audiences and transform social norms by training professionals such as doctors, nurses, judges, and athletic coaches on improving responses to violence and abuse. They also work with advocates, policymakers, justice officers, public health specialists, and others to build sustainable community leadership and educate people everywhere about the importance of respect and healthy relationships.