Near to My Heart
She Sweats Diamonds isn’t just a source of inspiration for fashion, wellness, beauty, leadership, and sustainable living, but a place where giving back, supporting, and serving others is encouraged.
Whether it’s my money or time, the least I can do is give back with what I’ve been blessed with over the course of my life. After all, the blessings we receive wouldn’t be blessings if we didn’t share them, right?
Below are charities and for-purpose organizations that are near to my heart:
I came across this organization six years ago and love everything they stand for. They’re not only about feeding the body, they’re also passionate about feeding the soul! Children’s Hunger Fund has delivered food and hope to children and families in need around the world and within the U.S. since 1991.
CHF is an organization that also meant a lot to my friend, Phil Young, who passed away on August 7, 2019 from a tragic car accident.
My friend, Joshua, a former Marine, passed away from this horrible disease on September 7, 2012. And recently, I lost another friend, Thomas, on October 29, 2018. He fought hard for 14 years and was such a bright light. I support this organization to remember them both.
All it took was one episode on the Discovery Channel when I was little. A sea turtle had been caught in one of those plastic six-pack rings and all I remember was that someone on the show encouraged the audience to make sure to cut the rings up in case it ended up in the ocean. That episode made such a lasting impact on me.
I’ve always been fascinated with our environment, but it was that episode that led me to realize how I live affects the bigger picture. However, it was through my environmental science teacher in high school, Ms. Ferguson and following Paul Nicklen that made me appreciate the huge blessings that have been given to us.
We’ve been blessed with a beautiful world to live in, discover, explore, and enjoy. Doing my part to conserve and protect the environment is why I prefer to purchase well-made mid-tier and high-end items (pre-loved included) and from sustainable-focused brands. Quality > Quantity.
THF is an organization that hits the ground running when disaster strikes. They have International Relief Teams who alleviate suffering caused by disaster and poverty by sending volunteer teams, relief supplies, and other assistance to improve lives across the globe. It’s nice to know exactly where my money goes when hard times happen.
My daddy wasn’t only a veteran, he was a Vietnam veteran and a proud military man. Many veterans don’t have access to the health care services they need or financial support for education post-military life. The least we can do for the men and women who sacrificed so much to protect our freedom is to support them after their time in the armed forces.