Sunday, December 1, 2013

25 Charities for Heroes That Should Be on Your Radar

It's that time again---it's the most wonderful time of the year! It's when we take the time to think about others. And it's the time when we all get into the giving spirit. When I think of giving, so many wonderful non-profits come into my mind. I decided I would share the first 25 Hero focused non-profits that came into my head with you today!

This list is not a ranking list. This list is simply a list of great non-profits that all popped into my head when I started thinking about who we would love to give donations to during this holiday season.
  1. Yellow Ribbon Fund
  2. Fisher House Foundation
  3. Elizabeth Dole Foundation
  4. America's Fund
  5. Operation Ward 57
  6. Veterans Airlift Command
  7. Help Our Military Heroes
  8. The General's Kids
  9. Our Military Kids
  10. Operation Second Chance
  11. 101st Association
  12. Semper Fi Fund
  13. Aleethia Foundation
  14. Blue Star Families
  15. MOAA
  16. Luke's Wings
  17. National Military Family Association
  18. Code of Support
  19. AUSA
  20. Operation Homefront
  21. USO
  22. Cause
  23. Independence Fund
  24. Hope for the Warriors
  25. Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
I could keep this list going. I just decided 25 was a great number to end my list. (And to be honest, I have some baking to get to today.) Our family has had direct, face to face contact with all of these organizations. Rather it be that I get to partner with them through my work at YRF, our family directly benefited from their programs or giving while we were healing, or I have sent another family to them for some type of assistance, Chaz and I proudly put our families' seal of approval on this list. 

I know what you are all thinking. Wow this list is great, I wish I could give something. Don't think you can give? Think for a second. We all have something we waste money on if not everyday at least a few days out of the month. Some of us (points finger at self) spend $5 on a cup of coffee. Some of us (points at hubby) spend money on energy drinks and computer gear that can wait. Some of us (points fingers at hubby and self) spend money on toys that will probably end up in the yard sale next spring. We all have something that we can give, we just have to figure out how we can sacrifice to make that giving possible.

November was the month to be thankful. Make December the month to think about your blessings and pay them forward. Any of these non-profits would be happy to take your $5 that you would have spent on that coffee. It may just be $5 to you, but for those of us in the non-profit community that $5 adds up quickly. That $5 can be turned into a blessing for a Hero's family. 


  1. Love this! My very favorite thing about independence fund is that they have an ALL volunteer staff (that includes me!)

  2. Outstanding list, Jessica!!! Definitely going to email it to everyone I know and share it on a few FB pages. Thanks for taking the time to compile the list and the links!!!

  3. The only one I see missing is Truckin4Troops.......

  4. Glad there are so many resources for those with such huge needs!
    Life can be hard at times, but the victory is ours through Christ! Put your trust in Him! Praying!
    1 Corinthians 15:54-57 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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  5. Keep your eyes on the Lord! Praying!
    Psalms 62:1-2 Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.
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  6. The Lord is always with you! Praying right now!
    Psalms 62:5-8 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
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  7. Pour out your heart to the Lord! He hears! Praying!!!!!!!!
    Psalms 42:1-5 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
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  8. Thank you for including Hope For The Warriors on your list!