By Eva Whalen
It feels wonderful to help people of all ages, but there’s something extra magical about making a child’s life easier, more successful or healthier. Here’s a laudable sextuplet of charities that devote themselves to helping children. We at BeautyNewsNYC salute you!
Save the Children, a leading independent organization for creating positive change in children’s lives here and overseas, teamed up with licensee Whisper Soft Mills to produce bright, colorful bedroom décor that illustrates original artwork by children. The adorable collection includes bedding, accent rugs and window treatments and 2.5% of the retail price of these products is donated to Save the Children. These whimsical items can be found online at jcpenney.com, bedbathandbeyond.com, target.com and sears.com as well as select Bed Bath and Beyond retail stores. Also, visit www.savethechildren.org to view other household items that will support our world’s children.
Skin M.I.L.K. for kids, a paraben-free bath and body product line, donates 5% to Heifer International to help send a milk-producing animal – cow, sheep, goat or water buffalo – to a family in need. Skin M.I.L.K. products contain 5% real milk proteins to soften and clean without irritation. With flavors like vanilla cream and chocolate chip mint, this line is a hit with both children and parents. To learn more about the charity, visit www.MilkIsLifeforKids.com.
The Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) has dedicated itself to finding the cause and cure for pediatric cardiomyopathy, a chronic and potentially life-threatening disease of the heart muscle. Established in 2002 by a parent who lost two children to the disease, CCF is guided by a distinguished medical advisory board and provides information and support to more than 1,800 physicians and 400 families. Read more about it at www.childrenscardiomyopathy.org.
The innovative folks at Beyond Learning, which offers games such as the eco-friendly Number Hunt Game (where kids capture numbers in the jungle) and Word Chase, donate a portion of their sales to Healthy Child Healthy World, www.healthychild.org. So, in addition to getting the world’s first eco-friendly game and a lively, educational diversion for your child under 5 years, you’re also supporting a great cause. Visit www.beyond-learning.com to see the complete roster of whimsical, well-devised and education games – where, as their slogan goes, “getting smart is half the fun.” These games are printed with soy-based ink on recycled board.
The Harlem Children Society is a New York City, community-based organization, founded in 2000 by Dr. Sat Bhattacharya, a cancer research scientist at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The HCS provides scientific education to under-resourced and under-served, yet gifted high school and undergraduate students. Each student, drawn from a wide range of public schools, is provided with a mentor in the science community, including doctors, professors, and engineers. Students are given the chance to perform one-on-one research with reputed scientists, engineers and doctors in over 75 institutions, such as Cornell, Columbia, NYU, Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Mt. Sinai, etc. They utilize first-rate equipment and materials that they wouldn’t usually have access to in their school, and also attend weekly workshops and lectures by leading experts at Cornell University Medical Center. More than 230 students from over 65 schools were inducted into the program in late June this year. For more information, visit www.harlemchildrensociety.org.
Family Reach is a nonprofit organization that supports families fighting pediatric cancers and other life-threatening diseases. The Foundation provides families with much-needed finds to cover the basic expenses that mount during treatment, which includes everything from mortgage payments to hospital parking. Such expenses are often overlooked by much higher treatment costs and can quickly become unmanageable for families. Family Reach Foundation was formed in 1996 by two North Jersey families overwhelmed with the financial stress of pediatric cancers and distressed emotionally by the loss of their children. The families of Christopher Colangelo and Kristine Morello-Wiatrak bonded together from their astonishment of the secondary costs associated with cancer-from transportation, to special nutritional needs, to day care. Each year, Family Reach Foundation hosts six fundraising events. For additional information about these events and the Family Reach Foundation, visit www.familyreach.org.
Read up on your favorite charity or all of the above, and donate time and/or money to causes that create a better future for us all. The children we help today are the ones who will lead our world tomorrow. Let’s invest in them!