Friday, December 3, 2010

Season of Giving

We are now into December and I am enjoying having a little chocolate every day from my advent calendar. This year the 4 of us all have our own advent calendars that were sent over from the UK. (Yay for British chocolate!)

Anyway, Christmas season is often referred to as the season of giving. People spend hours traipsing through shopping malls and searching the internet to get the right gift for that certain someone in their life. I admit I have yet to do any Christmas gift shopping of any kind. In fact our Christmas cards have only just been sent off today to the UK! (At least I hope they have as Ben took them to work this morning and said he'd go to the post office in Indianapolis)

Whilst you are buying gifts for loved ones, if you struggle to find something for a particular person, have you ever thought about making a donation to charity? If you have then I would like to suggest 2 charities to you.

In the USA: The American Kidney Fund aims to fight kidney disease through direct financial support to patients in need, health education and prevention efforts.

In the UK: Kidney Research UK whose mission is to fund life saving research into kidney disease, to improve the quality of life for those with kidney disorders and to increase public awareness of kidney health. (K is actually a case study on the Kidney Research UK website and her picture has been used on some very successful campaign mailings! Believe it or not I also ran 2 Flora London Marathons for the charity too)

Why am I suggesting these particular charities? Well, the little blonde terror K has only 1 functioning kidney. She has a condition called Multicystic Dysplastic Kidney disease. She was diagnosed my 5 month pregnancy ultrasound scan and she was carefully monitored for the duration of my pregnancy. She also had to undergo several tests in the first few months of her life to check the severity of her condition and for a while immediately after birth she had to take a daily antibiotic to ensure the health of her functioning kidney. How could I not raise money for a charity that could help her health and overall quality of life? If you are stumped for something to give a special person in your life this holiday season, please consider a charitable donation in their name. Who knows, the life you help could be K's!

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