Friday, October 26, 2012

SUYL: Favorite Charities

I'm so glad I saw that the SUYL topic from last week over at Kelly's Korner is your favorite charities!  I definitely think promoting charity involvement is important, especially this time of year.
Around the Christmas season, we have created a tradition of going to get a child or children off of the Angel Tree.  We both wanted to have a reminder to the whole family - especially our kids - that there are those less fortunate than us.  And we explained it to Katie last year that we were helping Santa.  We have tried to get a child Katie's age each year so that she can maybe try to relate to the little girl we are buying for.  And this year, we are going to try to get a little girl Katie's age and a little boy Jack's age.  I always love going to Target and shopping for these kiddos.  You should check to see if the Salvation Army has the Angel Tree program where you are!
Another one of my favorite charities is one that I used to coordinate!  TABS stands for Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters and it is a statewide organization for adults who have a brother or sister with a disability.  There is an annual conference (likely April 5-6, 2013 is the next one) where folks from all over the state (and other states as well) come together to share their stories and gather information.  In each region, there is also a monthly dinner to get together with people from your area and visit/share stories/hang out.  It is such a valuable group and I always learn so much from others that I meet at the annual conference.  Become a member of TABS {here} - look for the "register online" portion!
That is a good transition into the national organization for adult siblings.  It is called the Sibling Leadership Network.  Each state chapter that exists is affiliated with the national "sib movement". The mission of the SLN is "to provide siblings of people with disabilities the information, support, and tools to advocate with their brothers and sisters and promote the issues important to them and their entire families." Join the SLN {here}!


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