Breast Cancer, Giving Back (It Is What We All Should Do!)

My own mother passed away over fifteen years ago from breast cancer.  I watched as the mighty woman of 4’11 and 1/2 inches tall, whither away to a minuscule 40 lbs when she died.  The 1/2 inches I added onto to her height, is because she would always add it when asked how tall she was.

Dynamite does come in small packages! But, not even dynamite can beat man’s chemo.

Cancer does not discriminate between gender, race, or even age.  It can ravage the body of a child while the parents stand by watching helplessly.  My own prayer list for healing seems to get longer every day with the word cancer beside each name.  And I am always looking for ways to help or give back whenever I can.

One of my favorite ways to give back to various organizations is to buy from those companies who give a portion of their profits back to communities, and different disease/cure funds.  I recently bought a red  iPhone from Apple because part of my purchase price goes to help fight AIDS. Would I have bought the phone without the charity? No.  I would have waited until my other phone disintegrated first.

One word of warning…Do not give your money to just any organization that comes along.  Sadly a lot of them use the non-profit status and charity to pay themselves six figure salaries.  With only 10% of the money going to their named charity.  You can google the web and find out who gives what and how much before sending your money!

My affiliate WPEngine sent out a recent email concerning giving to Avon’s Walk for Breast Cancer.  Here is the email with the links should you care to give.


Hi Joni,

One of WP Engine’s core values is “Aspiring to Lead, Committed to Give Back.” Today we are taking a step back from our normal promotional email and give back to a charity within our community. Our friends at Affiliate Summit are leading a team in the Avon39, raising money to power breast cancer research and fund programs that support those with breast cancer.

The WP Engine team is donating to the cause and we are hoping you will join in as well. To donate, go to affiliatemarketersgiveback.com and help Missy Ward & Shawn Collins reach their team donation goals. You can also help out by spreading the good word through your social media channels.

Suggested tweet:
Help @affiliatesummit raise money for @avon39walk. Donations power breast cancer research & treatment goo.gl/bNqHsy Please donate!

Thanks for your support!
The WP Engine Affiliate Team


I pray you will find time to check out their links and give to a worthy cause.

God Bless You!

Charity PanHandlers ( A Phone Call Away)

My family and myself had a Sunday reminiscent of Sunday’s past.  We went to church, had a lunchtime supper, and came home to rest.  Not to mow the yard or other chores waiting for us, we just wanted to rest.  So, my husband and myself decided we should take a nap.

Around 30 minutes into the nap, our house phone rang.  I jumped up quickly to answer the phone and not disturb my husband. The authoritative male voice (on the other side) told me he represented a law enforcement charity and wanted to know if I would help the officers and their families out.  I politely explained to him that I would have to research his charity to find out how much of the donations actually went to officers and their families, before I could give him my decision.

He readily gave me the information of 10 % of all donations went to officers and their families. I shook my head and asked him didn’t he think that was not much money and was it because they had large salaries being paid to those head of the charity.  Maybe next time I would want to give, was his response.  End of conversation.

So many people are proud to say they run a non-profit or charity, because it is the new career where you can earn big bucks!  Just like the highway panhandlers, who do it because they make $500 to $700 dollars a day by only looking ragged and holding their hand out.  I understand some of these panhandlers do this because they mentally or physically can not hold down a job.  And they have my empathy and money. But the rest of these scam artists and scam charities make my blood boil!

The next thing  I did was to pull my American Heritage Dictionary out and look up the word charity.

3.  An institution, organization, or fund established to help the needy.

I don’t see the words to help yourself to the money listed or pay yourself a salary from the charity either!  Maybe if a looked up selfish or charity selfish, I might find those instructions listed.

Charity from the Christian perspective means love.  Jesus did address the type of charity, where you take care of the needy in Matthew 25:34-36, 40.

“Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me . . . I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me”

So whatever action a charity takes concerning the division of funds, they also do it against Jesus Christ.  While a charity CEO makes $100,000, $150,000, or even $ 250,000 a year; the trickle down of the donation may result in Jesus Christ receiving a nickel or even a penny.  They are giving Jesus Christ, the one who saved them from death,  a penny.  Jesus Christ, who gives life everlasting, mercy, grace, and love to each person equally.  These upper class panhandlers, pull a paltry penny from their pockets for their Savior.

Do you see it from my perspective?  The next time you are asked to give to a charity, find out how much goes to salaries and how much goes to the people/Jesus.  You may even find out these charities have been reported for not dispersing the funds.

You can go to http://www.charitynavigator.org and find out the best charities and the scammer charities.

God Bless You!

God Bless America!