Every December, this is my favorite post to write. I look forward to it all year long, and it is only because of you and your support of Becca and me that I am able to write it.
As many of you know, each year Writers Helping Writers makes a charitable donation to a specific organization. Because you guys are so lovely and buy our books for yourselves and as gifts for others, over the years, Becca and I have been able to give several thousand dollars to different charities. You have fought the war against poverty, helped victims escape the sex trade and so much more.
Each January we pick a “charity of the year” to support. This year we chose Farm Sanctuary, an organization that rescues mistreated farm animals from abusive and hoarding situations, and seeks to educate developing countries regarding humane treatment. While Becca and I are not vegetarians, we still feel animals deserve to be treated as humanely as possible. And the reality is that our world is not always a kind one and some animals really need our help.
However, as we prepare our donation to Farm Sanctuary, we can’t ignore the very raw and painful situation occurring right now on the world stage. I’m talking about Syria, and the horror that is occurring that is causing so many to flee their homes, facing untold peril to do so. As we sit safe in our homes in North America, it seems wrong to not do something when we can.
So, Becca and I are bringing on board a second charity this year.
After watching this video of an 18 month old child being saved by Turkish fisherman, we knew we wanted to support an organization that rescues those in peril.
So, we’ve chosen MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) which sends out patrol boats to help refugees lost at sea. This is one of the lesser-known yet vitally important charities working to help Syrians.
As always, deepest and most heartfelt thanks for all your support. When you buy our books, you not only allow Becca and I to do what we love, you also are paying-it-forward and helping others in many different ways.
Both charities will receive a $500 donation on behalf of Writers Helping Writers™. Look for our post in January when we choose our next charity-of-the-year!
Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, a portal to powerful, innovative tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.