The holidays are officially upon us, which means it’s time for the annual #HealthITChicks Holiday Giving Campaign! Our community is not shy about stepping up to help others within our networks and beyond. In 2015, we partnered with Watsi to raise over $1,500 to help fund medical procedures for women around the world. In 2016, we saw our giving grow in tandem with our community, and raised over $3,500 for Girls Who Code.
This year, we are partnering with international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse to help fund women’s initiatives that focus on “working to protect, educate, and empower women through programs like abuse prevention, safe migration and trafficking awareness, maternal health initiatives, vocational training, and family counseling.” It’s sobering to be reminded that, according to the charity, women globally “lack access to healthcare, education, and job skills training. Many go without basic obstetric care, and struggle to feed their children. Some are so desperate they illegally cross borders looking for work, only to fall victim to human trafficking or exploitation.”
I have a soft spot for Samaritan’s Purse – a faith-based organization that CharityNavigator.org has recognized as a “4-Star Charity,” it’s highest distinction. For the last several years, I have volunteered with their Operation Christmas Child initiative and have seen first-hand the way in which filling a shoe box for a child in need – one who has never owned their own washcloth, bar of soap, or teddy bear – brings joy to those doing the filling. (Plus, my daughters and I had a ton of fun when we hosted a packing party with several of their friends!)
Many of you may know of Samaritan’s Purse from their boots-on-the-ground hurricane relief efforts after Harvey, Irma, and Maria. As of early November, they have provided medical services in the Caribbean to 1,350 people; and delivered thousands of hygiene kits, blankets, generators, and gallons of water. Their activities in Florida tell a similar story. You can read about their ongoing efforts in both places here. I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention that they share the Gospel – a message of hope and redemption that so many cling to in times of need.
As Christmas approaches and a new year looms, I hope you’ll join me in making a tax-deductible contribution to Samaritan’s Purse women’s programs via the 3rd Annual #HealthITChicks Holiday Giving Campaign, which runs from #GivingTuesday through December 31. Let’s make “Doing Good & Giving Back” a reality for women around the world.