In the spirit of giving, Madison & Company Properties has selected two charities – one local and one global—to donate to this holiday season.
BAGS OF FUN (nominated by Larina McClain)
Their Story: Gabby Krause was an amazing six-year old who died in September 2004 after a courageous 19-month battle with brain cancer.
Gabby had the original Bag of Fun filled with toys and fun activities when she was battling her brain cancer. Her bag helped keep her busy and happy during long hospital visits. To the delight of other patients, she always shared her games and toys.
It was Gabby’s wish that every child at the hospital could have their very own “bag of fun“, so the charity was founded in her name.
The Bags of Fun program is a journey that began when Gabby’s mother needed to help her focus on the joy of being a little girl and playing with My Little Pony dolls instead of needle pokes. This journey has grown into a movement to harness the power of play to instigate happiness when the thought of sickness and dying is at the forefront of families’ hearts and heads.
How you can donate: Bags of Fun prefers monetary donations accepted through their website. They do understand that some people like to purchase gifts, so they’ve provided an approved list of the exact items needed.
HELLO GHANA (nominated by Allison Sliwinski)
Their Story: Hello Ghana believes in giving sustainable opportunity rather than simple charity–this is achieved through their apprenticeship program. Their program pairs a Good Shepherd child between the ages of 13-18 with a local business owner in Ofaakor, Ghana. They currently are partnered with 7 different Ghanaian businesses ranging from welding and carpentry to beauty and hair care. They allow each child to choose which realm of work they would like to study, then actively pair them with the business in question.
During their apprenticeship, students will not only learn responsibility in time and financial management, but also marketable skills which often result in paid jobs.
The average cost to put one child through our apprenticeship program is $2,000 USD. To see how they are budgeting and their financial needs for apprenticeships for 2017/2018, check out their finances here and donate:
How you can donate: Monetary donations are most appreciated on their website.