Preaching to the Choir

“Charity begins at home, but should not end there.”  – Thomas Fuller

Evidently, you already know that.  You introduced to me to some new to me, very worthy causes, and shouted out some I already knew and respected, while Anne and Sharon educated me on the differences between a charity and non-profit.

Of course, the post wouldn’t be complete without a bit about the woman behind the contest.  (Not me.  My grandmother.)  My favorite pictures of her are in a scrapbook I need to get scanned, but here’s one that should make you laugh anyway.  It’s from my college days, I believe…  (No, we’re not surrounded by by fairies… it’s an old photo that was scanned a few years ago!)  Always full of love and laughter, my Nannie was.  She would delight in the charities named here, because she was a nurse, a wife, a mother, a sister, etc.  She also lived on a farm most of her adult life, and loved animals, especially dogs.

Before you scroll down to see who won, please look at  a quick run-down on the organizations your fellow knitters support.  I encourage you to click on links where provided, or follow the comment(s)to a blogger with more information.  Maybe you’ll find a new cause, or feel moved to make a donation in honor of a friend.  Please note that some regional/local chapters were lumped under the parent organization for the purpose of this list.

Girl Scouts

Victory Junction Gang Camp


JW House

Draw Bridge

 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Station Fire Fund

Heifer International

Humane Society

Camp Erin

Old Dog Haven

Partners in the Horn of Africa

Ovations for the Cure 

Rape and Domestic Violence Centers

Make a Wish

Angel Trees

Animal Shelters

Chipman Community Care

March of Dimes

Appalachian Service Project

Hospice of the Blue Ridge / Hospice


Disabled American Veterans

Relay for Life

La Leche League

Literacy Volunteers Chippewa Valley

Ronald McDonald House


Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation

Autism Speaks

Autism Society of America, Philadelphia Chapter

Boys and Girls Clubs

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Habitat for Humanity

Orphan Foundation of America

Focus on the Family

Family Life Today

Pregnancy Support Group

Special Olympics

CURE – children’s cancer research

Reading Is Fundamental

St. Jude Children’s Hospital


Local Food Bank

Salvation Army

Donors Choose

School on Wheels

Now, for your patience, Megan is the winner, as chosen by the random number generator – I promise!!  The Knight and I will gladly make a donation to the Station Fire Fund, and I’ll be sending Megan a prize package too.  There’s a special match going on through the end of this calendar year, so if any of you are inclined to donate to the Station Fire Fund too, your dollars will go twice as far.

Thanks for chiming in.  You’re obviously a generous, thoughtful group, and the world is a better place for it!

6 comments on “Preaching to the Choir

  1. That was a fab contest and really a lot of worthy causes!!

    Loved the quote and the whole reason why you did this! What an honor to grandma!

  2. Kristen says:

    What an awesome list. I saw you mentioned giving “In Honor Of” gifts. I bought ducks for my aunt one year, and sheep for my Gram. I bought them throught an organization like Heifer…but it was a long time ago so I don’t remember for sure. Those were my favorite gifts to give…and they were the favorite received that year as well.

  3. nichole says:

    great post! Cute pic too!

  4. Robin in VA says:

    Awesome…that’s a nice list of charities, especially during this time of “Giving”!

  5. StarSpry says:

    I love the quote you used…and the reason for doing this in the first place 🙂

    Thanks for sharing all these charities! I haven’t heard of some of them, so I’ll be sure to check them out!

  6. Miss Me says:

    Congratulations to Megan! Her story brought tears to my eyes…

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