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#52tuesdays: America's ToothFairy

Written by Addie Rising    on January 31, 2017    in
February is National Children's Dental Health Month and America's ToothFairy is using #GivingTuesdayCLT funds to make a huge impact in Charlotte.

The generosity of the Charlotte community for #GivingTuesdayCLT made it possible for America’s ToothFairy to launch Smile Drive Charlotte, a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of children’s dental health and collect 50,000 toothbrushes for youth in need in Mecklenburg County.

Give a SHARE: Help Give Toothbrushes to 50,000 CMS Students

Written by Addie Rising    on January 30, 2017
Each week we'll SHARE easy ways to jump in and make a difference right now.

Did you know that National Children’s Dental Health observances began with a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio and a one-week event in Akron, Ohio during February 1941. Since then, the concept has grown from a two-city event into a nationwide program. The American Dental Association held the first national observance of Children’s Dental Health Day on February 8, 1949. The single day observance became a weeklong event in 1955. And in 1981, the program was extended to a month-long celebration known today as National Children’s Dental Health Month.

#52tuesdays: Mama Hope

Written by Addie Rising    on January 24, 2017    in
Mama Hope began in 2006 and has partnered with communities around the globe to support them in generating local sustainable sources of income so they no longer have to be dependent on the aid community for their livelihood. 

In 2016, Mama Hope launched a new program.

Seeing great success in developing countries, the organization piloted a United States-based initiative right here in Charlotte in the Grier Heights neighborhood. Led by Mama Hope Global Advocate Jania Massey and Crossroads Corp., this new program helps high-school girls develop a youth entrepreneurship platform that could lead to a business that could generate income to support local youth.

#52tuesdays: Redeeming Joy

Written by Addie Rising    on January 17, 2017    in
Redeeming Joy was founded by Lanie George to provide a safe place of healing that offered integrated services for women over the age of 18 who have survived human trafficking.

George, a victim of trafficking herself, knows first hand what services are needed. Redeeming Joy was part of #GivingTuesdayCLT in 2016 for the very first time.  The organization had just acquired a restoration house for its clients and used the campaign to create awareness for sex trafficking, but  also to raise funds to furnish and decorate the house to make it a home. 

"[Through the campaign] we gained more awareness in the community and got our restoration house furnished and decorated," George said. 

The house was furnished and decorated in December. The photos below (click to enlarge) show Redeeming Joy was able to accomplish through #GivingTuesdayCLT.

Give a SHARE: What Do Indoor Cycling and Backpacks Have in Common?

Written by Addie Rising    on January 16, 2017
Each week we'll SHARE easy ways to jump in and make a difference right now.
Martin Luther King Jr.

LEARN: Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., who said:  "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

This question continues to persist and remains urgent over half a century after originally spoken. So we ask you as you enjoy your time with family and friends on this national holiday, "What are you doing for others?" SHARE Charlotte makes it super easy if you're not sure where to begin. Below are some ideas: 

#52tuesdays: Heart Meter

Written by Addie Rising    on January 10, 2017    in
Andrew Jenkins founded Heart Meter in 2014 to improve the lives of children in hospitals. He does this by donating video game systems, games, and accessories to area hospitals and clinics. On his website he says, "I can’t cure cancer. But with your help, we can help the bravest of us forget about their battle for a little while and let them be kids again."

Andrew Jenkins, Executive Director, Heart MeterIn 2016, Heart Meter provided 18 gaming systems and 104 games to its partners. During last November's #GivingTuesdayCLT, Jenkins held Heart Meter's first-ever event, an afternoon of gaming at Google Fiber. Outpatients from seven area hospitals were invited to play games with family and friends.

Give a SHARE: Buy Diapers, Read to Students or Enjoy a Four-Course Meal ... It All Counts

Written by Addie Rising    on January 9, 2017
Each week we'll SHARE easy ways to jump in and make a difference right now.

LEARN: January is National Mentoring Month which began in 2002 to promote youth mentoring in the United States. Did you know there are 22 nonprofits that mentor youth right here in Mecklenburg County? Whether it's tutoring or being a positive influence, there are kids in our community who need positive role models in their lives. Learn more about these organizations and how you can get involved.

DO: Support local farms AND enjoy a four-course meal at Heirloom. Tickets for four courses and a beverage of your choice are $45/person with proceeds going to Carolina Farm Trust and Rowland's Row Farm.

#52tuesdays: The Red Boot Coalition

Written by Addie Rising    on January 3, 2017    in
The Red Boot Coalition's 2016 #GivingTuesdayCLT effort was notably led by 18-year-old intern Julia Dorn. The Red Boot Coalition seeks to address the labels, polarization, ideologies, anger and fear that are so prevalent throughout our nation today, by getting underneath them. By engaging in honest sharing and compassionate listening, they create places where people feel safe, connected and loved.

The Red Boot Coalition had a goal to raise $30,000 to meet the needs of the community post election. They exceeded their goal by about $3,000 and Julia dyed her hair bright red!

WATCH: Julia Dorn of The Red Boot Coalition and Amy Jacobs of SHARE on FOX46 Good Day Charlotte

Give a SHARE: Ways to Learn, Do, Buy and Give This Week

Written by Addie Rising    on January 2, 2017
Each week we'll SHARE easy ways to jump in and make a difference right now.

LEARN: January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Did you know that North Carolina is one of the top 10 states in the United States for trafficking? And Charlotte is the No. 1 city in North Carolina. Organizations like Present Age Ministries, Redeeming Joy, On Eagles Wings Ministries, Fashion & Compassion and Florence Crittendon Services are working to create awareness about and rehabilitate victims of trafficking here in Mecklenburg County.