We Love To Give!
And we’d love to give more. But as a small business in a tough recession, insurance, and taxes eat up plenty. We honestly give as much as we can without closing our doors.
But the very hardest thing about wanting to give to the many many fabulous causes is that we have to make choices and sometimes say no. We are probably asked to donate 5 baskets a week to charitable causes.
Healing Baskets has a long history of giving to organizations that make the world a better place. We decided on a three prong philosophy.
~Do something Local
~Do something National
~Do something Global
Locally we've supported a cause close to my heart, the hospice movement. Nationally we have supported The Guy Forbeck Foundation to find a cure for Neuroblastoma early childhood cancer as well as ‘Art With Heart’ supporting child and adolescent mental health disorders. Globally we plan to buy a well with Charity Water a non profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
We are small but we believe that however small our contribution seems to the big picture, we can make a difference
Healing Baskets Supports Art With Heart - Helping children In Crisis.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, studies show that at least one in five children and adolescents have a mental health disorder. At least one in 10, or about 6 million people, have a serious emotional disturbance, severe enough to cause some level of impairment.
Creativity is often overlooked as a positive behavioral intervention tool that promotes healing and trauma resolution. Self-expression can spur personal insight as well as self-motivated behavioral changes; it also helps youth gain the skills necessary for coping with stress and other challenges. Art with Heart encourages resiliency using the concepts of art therapy to lead toward greater self-confidence and emotional clarity.
Art with Heart has had the privilege of helping over 41,000 young people through the healing power of creativity. Their work supports schools, hospitals and other nonprofit organizations who are dealing with fragile populations of kids at times of extreme crisis, such as after a diagnosis of cancer, a natural disaster, or the tragedy of a school shooting.
To learn more: http://artwithheart.org
Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston
Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston was the first hospice facility licensed for inpatient care in the state of Massachusetts, and the only hospice house on the North Shore. The Kaplan Family Hospice House focuses on short-term care with an emphasis on patients needing the inpatient level of hospice support. The Kaplan House is not a hospital, a nursing home, an assisted living community or a rehabilitation facility, but a comfortable home-like setting where seasoned hospice nurses and support staff provide 24-hour care to patients and where visiting family members and friends can spend quality time with their loved one. With 12 private patient suites each with a spacious patio and comfortable accommodations for families, patients have round-the-clock nursing care including social workers, chaplains, home health aides and volunteers. Visitors of all ages welcome 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Three levels of hospice care available - general inpatient, respite and routine.
Healing Baskets are proud to have purchased a Reiki Table, donated books, 10 special bed jackets, endless raffle gifts and baskets and 100 embroidered bears for their children’s Summer Camp Stepping Stones. I am personally proud to volunteer every Tuesday morning in Kaplan House.
William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation
I had always wondered Do Doctors and researchers worldwide share information to prevent duplication of efforts? Or do they protect their research in the hope of being the first facility or lab to find the cure?
That is exactly what this foundation does. Their mission is to promote advances in the field of oncology, particularly pediatric oncology, by shortening the cancer research timetable. Each year the foundation invites up to fourteen world renowned physicians and scientists who meet in a private "think tank" environment where they exchange ideas freely in the hope of building on each others knowledge and experience. Many exchanges of ideas, manuscripts, reagents or methods, and collaborations with other participants have resulted from these meetings.
Healing Baskets believes that by sharing and learning from each other we WILL find the cure. Click here to learn more. http://www.wgfrf.org
Healing Baskets : Global Giving
Right now, 1.1 billion people on the planet dont have access to safe, clean drinking water. Thats one in six of us. Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all sickness and disease, and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Many people in the developing world, usually women and children, walk more than three hours every day to fetch water that is likely to make them sick. Those hours are crucial, preventing many from working or attending school. Additionally, collecting water puts them at greater risk of sexual harassment and assault. Children are especially vulnerable to the consequences of unsafe water. Of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation, 90% are children under 5 years old.
Charitywater is a non profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. They give 100% of the money raised to direct project costs, funding sustainable clean water solutions in areas of greatest need.
Learn more at http://www.charitywater.org
The 2011 September Campaign. Our 5-year-anniversary video from charity: water on Vimeo.