As I've gotten older, I've noticed that I'm less inclined to "want" for physical items. Our family is already so blessed with a home, cars, food to eat, clothes to wear, toys to play with, and other extravagences. So, this year for Christmas, I'd rather have my family and friends donate to some very worthy causes, which are near and dear to our hearts, rather than receive gifts.
The Alpha-1 Foundation is dedicated to providing the leadership and resources that will result in increased research, improved health, worldwide detection, and a cure for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. Since both Grace & Meghan have ZZ Alpha-1, we'd love it if you could help fund research for Alpha-1. 100% of what you donate goes to research. The Alpha-1 Foundation has other ways of generating the money to run the business side of the foundation.
Donate at: http://www.alphaone.org/help/commemorative-giving
The Make a Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Several of our liver friends have been granted wishes and their experiences were invaluable. Please share in helping critically ill children find some joy in their lives.
Donate at: http://www.wish.org/help/donate
The Curative Foundation, which runs our Birth to Three Program provides pediatric outpatient therapy services and special education to children ages birth to 3 years in Milwaukee County who have a developmental delay. Our little peanut girl, Meggie, has received speech, occupational, and physical therapy from this organization for the last 2 years. She is thriving because they've shown us how to help Meghan on a day-to-day basis so that she can overcome her former micropreemie beginning.
Donate at: https://www.curative.org/form/gift_form.htm
The March of Dimes' mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Both of our daughters were born premature due to my preeclampsia. Both of them suffer the side effects of being born preemie. Yes, they are doing well, but they both wear the "badge" of prematurity still. Please give generously.
Donate at: https://www.marchofdimes.com/howtohelp/donation_in_honor.asp
Have a very magical holiday season! Thank you for considering these organizations.