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On the Scene My Grown-up Christmas List Make a difference in a child's life Words by Vanessa Pascale We all have causes that we believe in and rally behind. Charities, non-profits, and campaigns that focus on helping children in need have always been a passion of mine. It pains me knowing that there are innocent children in the world struggling --especially with an ailment or not receiving enough food to eat. In a perfect world, children would be carefree and never worry about their health or hunger. Fortunately, there are myriad amazing, inspiring people and organizations out there doing a great deal to improve children's circumstances and bring some joy to their lives. Here are a few of my favorite organizations to consider if you're interested in helping make a difference. St. Jude's Children's Hospital Mission "Finding Cures. Saving Children. St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer, and other life- threatening diseases. Unlike any other hospital, the majority of our funding comes from individual contributions. And thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude." How Can I Help? • Make a donation (become a monthly donor). • If you're near Memphis, Tennessee, volunteer at the hospital. • Host a fundraiser. • Shop their St. Jude gift shop. For more ways to help, visit: Upcoming Events - April 15, 2018: St. Jude South Beach Triathlon - April 27, 2018: Friends of St. Jude Golf Tournament - May 19, 2018: FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala For more information, visit: Make-A-Wish Foundation Mission "We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make- A-Wish®vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life- threatening medical condition. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 34 minutes. We believe a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us and inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve." How Can I Help? • Make a donation (become a monthly donor). • Participate in Macy's Believe Campaign: From Nov. 3-Dec. 24, write a letter to Santa and drop it off at Macy's or send online at believe. Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish® for every letter collected, up to $1 million. • Volunteer at your local chapter. • Host a fundraiser. • Become a corporate sponsor. • Adopt-A-Wish. For more ways to help, visit: 8kd1sxpy2439zcl8g1 Upcoming Events - April 14, 2018: Walk for Wishes 5K Walk/Run, Miami-Dade, FL - April 28, 2018: Walk for Wishes, Tampa Bay, FL - May 5, 2018: Walk for Wishes, Jacksonville, FL For more information, visit: Photo courtesy of Skitterphoto,

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