The dawn of every new year brings about “the list” – New Year’s resolutions. This year, why not deviate from the traditional dieting and makeovers and add a little philanthropy to your list? There are so many ways to make a difference in the lives of those affected by CdLS. While many of you have the opportunity to personally have an impact on the life of a child with the syndrome, everyone can help support the Foundation’s efforts to reach out to children across the country. Here are a few resolution ideas, compliments of the CdLS Foundation:
Donate – As always, direct donations, no matter how big or small, are always important and greatly appreciated. No amount is insignificant when it comes to funding for hope. To make a donation, call 800-753-2357 or visit www.CdLSusa.org and click on the GIVE tab.
Host or attend an awareness event – There are so many ways to raise awareness for CdLS, and the Foundation can’t do it all alone. Whether it’s a bowl-a-thon, dance party, cook-out, or classroom presentation, the possibilities are endless. Events are fun ways to raise funding while providing valuable education to the community. This year you can help support the Foundation’s efforts to start a national fundraising event in early summer. More details will be provided in the upcoming edition of the Reaching Out newsletter, which will be mailed in February. Contact the Foundation at 800-753-2357 or email@example.com for help organizing and promoting your upcoming event.
Can’t host an event? Keep on the lookout for local awareness events that others are holding and reach out to help support their awareness efforts. Support can be in the form of attendance, fundraising or sponsorship.
Run or Recruit for Team CdLS – Last year Team CdLS had a great run at the Chicago Marathon. Recruitment for this year’s Team CdLS is already underway, and more runners than ever are needed to “go the distance” for those with CdLS. If you are interested in running in or organizing a Team CdLS walk or run, or if you know of a great running mate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To view the results of last year’s Chicago Marathon, click here.
Go Green – Everyone’s feeling the strain on their wallets, including the Foundation. Help the Foundation cut costs and “go green” by requesting to receive your copy of the Reaching Out newsletter and other materials electronically. The Foundation saves printing and mailing costs while being more environmentally friendly. Just contact Barbara at email@example.com or 800-753-2357 and let her know you’re “going green.”
Sport the CdLS Foundation logo – Expand your family’s wardrobe and your community’s awareness by purchasing logo gear from the CdLS Foundation’s online store. There’s even a special Team CdLS logo line. From onesies and teddy bears to sweatshirts and mugs, there’s something for the whole family. Part of the proceeds from every purchase goes to support the CdLS Foundation. Help make an awareness fashion statement and click here to check out the CdLS styles. You can also access the store by clicking on the link on the CdLS Foundation homepage, www.CdLSusa.org.
These are just some of the ways you can be resolved to reach out for the benefit of those with CdLS. If you decide to make one of these resolutions or create some of your own, please share them by posting a comment on this blog. Your efforts will encourage others to step up and join in the effort to make 2009 a year of hope. Have a great year! -JS