Thanks & Giving

Happy Thanksgiving Stranger Friends! It’s insane to think that it’s already here again but this year more than any seems like we need to focus on the name it self. The world feels like such a grim and alien place lately. Like it wouldn’t be the craziest thing if somehow we all ended up in an alternate reality where everything is just slightly off.

Even with all the stuff that has us worried and concerned it’s still so important to remember the things we have to be thankful for. I try to always be an optimist even when it’s really hard and trust me right now it’s really hard after the election that just happened. Even though it doesn’t diminish my fears and concerns and often times my anger I’ve just been reminding myself of all the good and happy things I have to be thankful for.

I’m thankful for my mom and my loved ones who have never failed to be by my side whenever I need them. I don’t know what I would do without the people who have proven time and time again that I can depend on them no matter what. I’ve definitely learned over the years that sometimes family is the one you make for yourself. The friends who become so much more and I’m grateful for each and every one of those people.

I’m thankful for my dog. Seriously. He’s the best companion I could ask for and even when he’s licking his paw non-stop or destroying everything he can get his hands on I love him to bits. He never fails to make me smile and he gives the best darn cuddles ever.

I got the chance to go to England this year and I cannot even begin to say how grateful I am for that trip. It was everything I needed and wanted it to be. I got to see amazing plays, meet Kit Harington and Richard Madden, explore the city and just enjoy life in London for a little bit. I also got to see my favorite band (blink-182) in concert twice this year and I got to meet them. Needless to say I’m thankful for this summer. It was more than incredible.

I’m thankful for all of you! Each and every one of you who have ever read or shared anything I’ve ever put on this weird little blog. It means more than I could ever say and I’m so grateful that there are people out there who read it. I’m especially thankful for every single person who has ever told me they like my blog or that I’m doing a good job.

There are so many more things all big and little. The people that make my laugh every day, good books, good TV shows, a good cuppa tea, cloudy days, a nice day, and on and on. I’m also thankful for the fact that I have the ability to donate to charities and help others. I can’t always donate and it’s not like I’m donating huge amounts by any means but anything helps.

Especially right now when there are so many organizations that are going to need help now more than ever. There are a lot of really great causes out there that could use both time and money. Here’s a few options of places to donate too if you feel led to do that.

Standing Rock

www.standwithstandingrock.net/donate/

As we all sit down around our tables tomorrow celebrating a holiday that has sketchy (at best) origins it’s important that we remember those that are literally putting their life on the line to protect their land, their water, and their rights. It’s heartbreaking and atrocious to see what is happening to the peaceful protestors in North Dakota. I can not begin to fathom what it’s like for the people out there and if the least we can do is donate to support them then we should. There is no excuse for the treatment so many are receiving just for trying to protect something like drinking water. I often feel helpless seeing reports of what is happening there and it’s not like donating will take that feeling away but something is better than nothing.

Planned Parenthood

www.plannedparenthood.org

If you’re looking for a way to support women’s health and reproductive rights this is a great place to start. Planned Parenthood does amazing work for both women and men and offers a safe place to learn about reproductive health and safety. It’s so important that we support places like Planned Parenthood that offer contraceptives and sex-ed among many other services.

Center for Reproductive Rights

www.reproductiverights.org

This is a great organization to donate to if you want to support someone who will fight the people who want to diminish women’s reproductive rights. According to their website they use the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. There are a lot of promises being made right now to try and take that freedom away so thank god there are people out there fighting for our right as women to make our own decisions.

Natural Resources Defense Council

www.nrdc.org

Somehow our planet has become a partisan issue. Now that we have a government who scarily doesn’t believe in climate change we need to do all we can to protect our planet. Because like I said, our planet isn’t a political chess piece. The health of our planet is more important than the money in the pockets of these coal companies. The NRDC works with all kinds of people to protect our planet and everyone and everything on it.

The Trevor Project

www.thetrevorproject.org

I feel like it should be easy enough to say it’s 2016 and we should all just be cool with people’s sexuality no matter what it is yet here we are with a new VP who is one of the most anti-LGBT+ politicians around. The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people ages 13-24. I can’t imagine what it’s like for a lot of people who just want to be accepted but I do know that they are going to need places like The Trevor Project for support now more than ever.

Southern Poverty Law Center

www.splcenter.org

The amount of hate that has been spread in this country over the past few weeks is alarming. I’ve heard people dismiss it as fake, not anything new, just people being stupid, not Trump’s fault, and on and on. The fact of the matter is though that it’s happening and the SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.

Other Donation Options

www.aclu.org

www.refugeerights.org

www.naacplaf.org

www.maldef.org

www.bradycampaign.org

Remember that no donation is too small but if you can’t donate money then you can also donate your time. Find out if any of these or any other organizations need volunteers and offer your help. Be kind to others. Spread love instead of hate. Do what you can to help our planet. Recycle everything that you can, don’t eat meat one day a week, turn the lights off, don’t waste water, find out about any kind of renewable energy you can use in your home, ride your bike or take public transport if it’s available to you. Get in touch you’re your elected officials and let them know how you feel. There are a lot of little things we can keep doing. Now isn’t the time for apathy but the time to give whatever we’ve got to causes that are out there to help so many people.

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