36 Hope Expands: Little White Lights


Little white lights make everything better. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break for those who celebrate. I know I am so very thankful for all the wonderful people in my life, especially all of you. We had turkey and cheesecake. I scored a few presents on Black Friday with the spectacular team of my Dad, Mom and Ellie. Kris and I saw Mockingjay, and we finished up with some Sunday puking, because what’s a holiday without someone barfing? Best of all the little white lights are up.

givingThe new expanding hope ideas:

  • Have you heard of AmazonSmile? Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Just log into your regular account and they take you through the simple steps. I was so excited to find World Renew the organization Kris works for. Our percentage will go to support their work!
  • I’ve seen Better World Books donation sites in parking lots around my area. When this business was featured in A Path AppearsI definitely wanted to learn more. You donate books which are then bought from the Better World Books on-line store. A portion of every sale goes to world literacy. Over 15 million books have been donated to non-profits, they support grants, and also recycle the books unable to be sold. Read more about their impact here. I’ll be going through our stacks this season!
  • Elf on the Shelf kind of creeped us out last year and I’m really bad at remembering to do it. I also saw on Pinterest an idea for giving elves, or something really beautiful and perfect like that. Our family variation: the kids like the concept of finding the elf. So I have a plan of what to do with him each day, but he will also have a note sharing with us an act of kindness we need to complete. (Will we succeed everyday, or will I remember? No because we are not a pinteresty sort, but we are going to try!)
  • Try this one: go to GreaterGood. On the top toolbar they have nine sections like autism, literacy, and hunger. As you click the cause, a button will appear to support the cause, just click again and you’re set. The advertisers fund the causes. Click nine times and you’ve contributed to nine causes for free. You can give back every calendar day.
  • Rice 2.0 offers 10 grains of rice to the World Good Bank for every correct answer. They offer a number of subjects. I’m loving the spanish vocabulary section right now.

Have you tried any of these? What are your favorite free ways to give back on-line? 

Invest in One Child

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130 million children around the world do not attend school- 70% are girls.

In Sub-Saharan Africa education is not free. Families are required to pay for fees, uniform, books, food, shoes, and extra teacher payment

photo-1Through Opportunity International you can send one child to school for $1.00 a day.

As we enter a new school year, all donations are matched by donor partners. So your impact is doubled.


A Case Study of Hope: The Ridgeway School, Uganda. The story of Evans Ssenabulya and his wife, Roy with their three daughters.

Evans decided to do something…

It is really that simple, deciding to do something.

Something that makes a difference.

Something that offers hope.

photo-17Education is a pathway out of poverty. Every child should have a chance.

Read more about Opportunity International and follow their social media here.

100 Non-Profits to Follow on Pinterest

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1. American Cancer Society

2. A Mighty Girl collection of books and movies for girls.

3. Action Against Hunger implement long-term solutions to hunger.

4. Alex’s Lemonade Stand fighting childhood cancer.

5. Amnesty International fighting for human rights.

6. Bread4theworld a collective Christian voice for ending hunger.

6. Care fights global poverty.

7. Catholic Relief Services helping those in need.

8. Charity: Water bringing safe and clean drinking water to developing nations.

9. Church World Service justice among the world’s most vulnerable people.

10. Compassion International releasing children from poverty in Jesus name.

11. Crowd Wise giving back.

12. Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption finding forever families for children in foster care.

13. Delicate Fortress Creations shop with a purpose.

14. Disabled Sports America providing adaptive sports equipment for those with disabilities.

15. DoSomething.org campaigns for teens and young people.

16. EarthShare connecting people with environmental causes.

17. Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

18. END7 & GlobalNetwork helping to end tropical diseases.

19. Enough Project ending genocide and crimes against humanity.

20. Fair Trade Company sharing information about fair trade.

21. Feeding America fighting hunger.

22. FEED creating products that feed the world.

23. Fisher House Foundation builds comfort homes at major military and VA hospitals for families.

24. Future Fortified Global Alliance of Improved Nutrition.

25. GENYOUth Foundation reversing the trend of childhood obesity.

26. Global Fund for Women investing in human rights for women.

27. Global Girl Media her voice and story to change the world.

28. Goodwill Industries International leading nonprofit provider.

29. Greenpeace For a green and peaceful future.

30. GroundUp Global serving the Liberian refugee population on the Buduburam camp in Ghana.

31. Habitat for Humanity imagining a world where everyone has a place to live.

32. Headbands of Hope for every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to research.

33. HealthyPlanet.org locally and globally caring for the earth.

34. helpspreadthis.org #stop child abuse.

35. International Rescue Committee responding to humanitarian crisis.

36. Justice 55 giving back to organizations that help children.

37. KaBoom The KaBOOM! vision is a great place to play within walking distance of every child. 

38. Kiva empowering people worldwide with microloans.

39. Half the Sky Movement providing opportunities for woman worldwide.

40. Handcrafting Justice provides access to Fair Trade markets.

41. Heifer International empowering millions worldwide with gifts of lifestock.

42. Joni and Friends equipping Christ-honoring Churches worldwide to evangelize and disciple people affected by disabilities.

43. Luthern World Relief every generation lives in justice, dignity and peace.

44. Make-a-Wish-Foundation

45. Mercy Corps global humanitarian organization.

46. Micah Challenge Christians speaking out against poverty and injustice.

47. Milkshake…all that’s good a daily email connecting connecting you to ways to give back.

48. National Downs Syndrome Society

49. No Kid Hungry fighting Hunger in the United States.

50. One Campaign fighting against extreme poverty and preventable diseases.

51. OneMoms a movement of Moms to fight extreme poverty.

52. OxFamER Raising funds for Oxfam’s emergency response work.

53. OxFam Grow Method ensuring your habit help the world have enough.

54. OxFam International lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.

55. Operation Smile changing the lives of children born with facial deformities.

56. Pencils of Promise every child should have access to quality education.

57. People Water every bottle equals clean water to an area of need.

58. Plan International promoting child rights to fight child poverty.

59. Random Acts of Kindness Foundation facilitating a kinder world.

60. Reach out and Read evidence-based early literacy initiative.

61. (RED) helping those effected by HIV/AIDS.

62. Resurge International life-changing surgeries for children w/ clefts, disabling burns & hand injuries.

63. Ronald McDonald House Charities provides support and vital resources to families.

64. Rotary International  making the world a better place.

65. Ryan’s Well delivering safe water and sanitation to the developing world.

66. Save the Children creating lasting change for children in need.

67. Samaritan’s Purse physical and spiritual care globally.

68. Sevenly raise money & awareness for the world’s greatest charities.

69. Seva Foundation vital eye care and diabetes prevention

70. Shanti Uganda improving infant and maternal health in Uganda.

71. Shopwithmeaning.org connecting consumers with cause-oriented brands.

72. Shot@Life  Vaccines to save children’s lives in developing countries.

73. Social Good Moms a global coalition of Moms who care.

74. Solar Sister Light. Hope. Opportunity. In rural Africa.

75. Somaly Mann Foundation Global dedicated to ending human trafficking.

76. STOP THE TRAFFICK  global campaign against human trafficking.

77. Surf rider Foundation protecting oceans.

78. TerraCycle eliminating the idea of waste.

79. The Global Fund for Children  invests in innovative grassroots groups around the world that serve hard-to-reach, vulnerable children.

80. The Humane Society animal welfare.

81. The Hunger Project Global committed to the sustainable end of world hunger.

82. The Mentoring Project mentors for boys.

83. The Nature Conservatory working for people and nature.

84. The Shine Project employing at-risk youth to make bracelets for college.

85. The UN Refugee Agency vital aid and protection to the forcibly displaced around the world.

86. TOMS one for one eye wear and shoes.

87. Trees, Water, and People helping to conserve natural resources.

88. United Nations Development Programme empower lives and build resilient nations world-wide.

89. Water.org safe water and sanitation.

90. Wellspring of Hope we can do more together than separately.

91. Women on Call connecting women to volunteer opportunities.

92. Women’s Refugee Commission protecting women.

93. World Food Programme fighting hunger worldwide.

94. World Vision Christian humanitarian organization.

95. Wounded Warrior Project honor and empower wounded warriors.

96. UNICEF advocating for the world’s most vulnerable children.

97. Vital Voices investing in women.

98. 10x10act  educating girls in developing nations will change the world.

99. #FairTradeUSA  fair trade products of the USA.

100. #GivingTuesday a new day for giving back.

Save, Love, Give

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Save, Love, Give is an app that allows you to optimize your cell phone bill in a secure way.  You are then provided with an option to give back your savings to micro-finance through the Seven Bar Foundation. You can choose not to donate, donate one time, or donate monthly.

We waste 50 billion dollars a year on unnecessary cell phone charges.


I love this concept of saving money and having the opportunity to give back!

My friend Mickie let me know about Save, Love, Give. (Mickie and I sit in each other’s cars every afternoon when waiting for our kids to get out of school. Those talks are a happy part of my day:)


Watch a video here of how much families saved on their cell phone bill, as featured on Good Morning America.

Ready to save money? Start here.


“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”
-Mother Teresa