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    Causes Worth Supporting

    At DSA, we hold a lot of contests and occasionally add causes to the sponsors announcements for causes we deem as worthy or believe in. Here are some of the ones we've added in recent contests. Feel free to start your own topics to promote these causes and to promote that the artists of DSA create illustrations and share their stories relating to the charities they hold dear.



    PAWS Shelter and Humane Society (PAWS) was founded in Kyle, Texas in 1986 as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization providing care and love to homeless, abandoned, and abused animals in Central Texas. We are a no-kill shelter that believes in second chances! At PAWS, companion animals are given medical attention, care, and love for however long it takes for us to find them a loving home.
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    This is a non-profit organization dedicated to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals. develops and disseminates educational material, including videotapes, articles, books, and other resources through its website. maintains a roster of survivors who are willing to participate in an international network of peer support. Is designated by the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)(3) public charity, eligible to receive tax-exempt grants, gifts, and donations.
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    Children's Miracle Network is an amazing organization that helps save the lives of millions of children every year. It supports 170 Children's Hospitals around the US, each of which are open 24 hours a day and offer the best, most advanced care.
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    When late entertainer Danny Thomas opened the doors to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 1962, he was not just changing the lives of those children who would walk through its doors. He was changing lives across the world. St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility. Discoveries made here have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. With research and patient care under one roof, St. Jude is where some of today's most gifted researchers are able to do science more quickly.
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    Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is a genetic bone disorder characterized by fragile bones that break easily. It is also known as “brittle bone disease.” The term literally means “bone that is imperfectly made from the beginning of life.” A person is born with this disorder and is affected throughout his or her life time. Since 1970, the OI Foundation has doubled funding for research every five years, for a total investment of more than $3.3 million. The Foundation strives to build public awareness and generate additional support among individuals, community organizations, public agencies, and medical professionals. Improving quality of life is a continuing challenge that our small group of staff and enormous army of volunteers work constantly to achieve. Please click the banner above for more information. Also worthy of note, the week of May 5th – May 12th is Osteogenesis Imperfecta Week so if you can, please put this date on your calendar and seek out ways to help people with this genetic disorder or donate to further research for a cure. May 6th is also Wishbone Day
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    Toys for tots Began in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks, USCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The idea came form Bill’s wife, Diane. In the fall of 1947, Diane crafted a homemade doll and asked Bill to deliver the doll to an organization, which would give it to a needy child at Christmas. When Bill determined that no agency existed, Diane told Bill that he should start one. He did. The 1947 pilot project was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

    If you need toys for your children, want to donate or wish to help collect toys for needy children... click the banner above and visit their website. If you have an old vehicle at your home, they have a unique policy where they will actually come back and haul the vehicle away to resell or sell for scrap giving you a tax deduction in the process. This is a brilliant program where if you have nothing to give but have an old vehicle on your property, just give them a call and everyone gains from having your old junker hauled away for charity.
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    Every year, millions of women and men discover that they have breast cancer. While lesser known in men, our focus on womens health has brought this medical condition to the forefront of our thoughts... and our efforts to rid the world of this horrible disease. My mother beat breast cancer through a surgical procedure that removed her breast called a mastectomy which was a very traumatizing event in her life... but she was a survivor. Millions of people around the world are diagnosed with this form of cancer every year and unfortunately, many of these people will die. Remember, this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there are very few among you who have not been touched by this tragic disease.

    The Breast Cancer Research Foundation has this mission statement and is a worthy cause to sponsor as you can donate to them directly, or create your own organization to contribute to this cause...

    "Our mission is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health. Currently, 91 cents of every dollar spent by BCRF is directed towards breast cancer research and awareness programs."

    Please contribute and if you have a member of your family touched by breast cancer, please support this cause in their name either as a survivor or in the name of those you have lost.
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    The BK Crown Program is a program by Burger King where each year it gives back to various charities you get to choose by participating in their Give Back program. If you eat at Burger King, ask them about this great program for further detail.
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    Tell me did the wind sweep you off your feet
    Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day
    And head back to the milky way
    And tell me, did venus blow your mind
    Was it everything you wanted to find
    And did you miss us while you were looking for yourself out there

    Michael Ebert is the brother of RDNA's co founder Syyd Raven and a man who put up a brave fight against cancer most of us will never face. He survived cancer which went into remission only to find it had returned. He underwent surgeries to remove internal organs, endured great pain and fought on bravely always smiling so that those around him would not feel as much sorrow for fear he might pass on. Michael Eberts brave battle with cancer ended on April 3rd 2009 and Syyd Raven set up a website in memory of Michael and to offer help to his surviving family.

    I waited until the last day of our contest to post this personal cause as I have lost two parents due to this disease and many people have lost loved ones, friends and co workers to this disease where we are left feeling loss even if we did not know the person very well... because that's what cancer does.

    Michael Ebert was a very precious man to his family and they still miss him dearly. In todays cause, we want to remember one man who fought a brave battle with cancer because in remembering Michael Ebert, we are remembering everyone we know who has fought against cancer.

    Never forget...
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    Please join with Rebel Mommy in helping Ronald McDonald House Charities...

    The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Guiding us in our mission are our core values:

    Focusing on the critical needs of children.

    Celebrating the diversity of the programs we offer and the staff, volunteers and donors who make them possible.

    Staying true to our heritage of 38 years of responsible stewardship.

    Operating with accountability and transparency.

    We believe that when you change a child’s life, you change a family’s, which can change a community, and ultimately the world. We strive to be part of that change and part of the solution in improving the lives of children and their families by providing programs that strengthen families during their most difficult or challenging times. We extend our reach and impact by leveraging our 38 years of experience and strong relationships with local communities and people in the field to continually establish Chapters across the globe. We continually work to improve and expand our core programs, while also developing new services to address the unique needs of the communities we serve. We don’t do it alone. We rely on our Chapters to identify needs and carry out our mission on the ground. We rely on our strong relationships with the medical community to provide access to health care. We rely on strategic alliances with organizations that have the knowledge and infrastructure to extend our reach. We rely on you – our donors, volunteers, staff and friends.
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    I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes when I was 29 years old as a result of a severe allergic reaction to a wasp sting. Millions of people around the world are diabetic and many of these don't know. Symptoms like fatigue, weakness, depression and stress can all be signs of diabetes where you do not know you are diabetic. There are numerous causes for diabetes from which our focus on bad eating habits, genetics and laziness are not accountable as millions of perfectly healthy, physically active people. Anything from a bee sting to a severe fall or auto accident can cause diabetes because the cause of diabetes is physical damage to your body which bad eating habits, genetics and inactivity can also cause. If you are feeling unwell either physically or psychologically, it doesn't hurt to check your blood sugar levels or to see a doctor as taking such actions could save you a lifetime of pricking your fingers and dealing with the consequences of diabetes which can be severe or even life threatening. Doctors are now estimating that by the year 2040, one in three Americans will be diagnosed with this disease. The next step is to make sure that someone you know doesn't become one of those affected. Keep inviting your friends to take the pledge to check for their risk.
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    On October 29th, 2012., Hurricane Sandy struck the states of New Jersey and New York doing massive damage and destruction. Following the Hurricane, a second noreaster struck dumping snow and bringing in extreme cold temperatures to the region. The media seemed focused on the hurricane more due to the elections than for the damage it might cause and following the elections, the media largely abandoned the story with many now speaking of relief efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy being mishandled worse than Hurricane Katrina... and asking where is the media to report on the relief disaster which had thus far failed to reach so many in these two states. But one organization did not back down and kept it's feet on the ground to help those in need... the American Red Cross! Where FEMA and other government agencies actually shut down and called their relief providers in, members of the Red Cross were still on the ground bringing food, blankets and other items to help those in need while trying to get them into housing where they could find warmth from the cold where other agencies left these people literally living in the ruins of their destroyed homes.

    The American Red Cross was established in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 1881, by Clara Barton, who became the first president of the organization. Clara Barton first organized a meeting on May 12 of that year at the home of Sen. Omar D. Conger (R, MI). Fifteen people were present at this first meeting, including Barton, Conger, and Rep. William Lawrence (R, OH).

    When disasters like superstorm Sandy devastate communities, your support helps ensure the American Red Cross is there to provide warm meals, shelter and hope to families when they need it most. Today, in addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; communications services and comfort for military members and their family members; the collection, processing and distribution of blood and blood products; educational programs on preparedness, health, and safety; and international relief and development programs.
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    Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has given hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. From our humble beginnings with one boy’s wish to be a police officer, we’ve evolved into an organization that grants a child’s wish in the United States and its territories every 40 minutes.

    In the fiscal year 2010, we granted the heartfelt wishes of 13,580 children, our most ever in a single year. Each volunteer and staff member is determined to share the power of a wish® with even more children this year.

    We’ve achieved these goals thanks to an unmatched network of Make-A-Wish® volunteers, donors, sponsors and staff members. Everything we do is focused on helping seriously ill children, and we devote ourselves to serving them first: More than 76 percent of each dollar we raise goes directly toward granting their wishes. We hope you’ll be moved to get involved. We have many volunteer opportunities to suit your talents, and we always welcome new donors and sponsors.
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    For many soldiers, one of the most challenging hardships of war is being away from their loved ones. It’s missing the birth of a child, not being there for important milestones or just the long stretches of time without hearing the voices of family members. Costly long-distance calls home lead many American troops to rack-up massive phone bills that they struggle to pay off once returning from service.
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    The alarming numbers of the Javan Rhino inspired me (Rhishja Cota-Larson) to launch Saving Rhinos in December 2007. I also work behind the scenes to provide research and subject matter expertise to verifiable members of the media, certain NGOs, and other projects. Saving Rhinos is published by Annamiticus Media, a California Limited Liability Company (LLC), and is not a charity or nonprofit. Our efforts are supported with rhino t-shirt sales. A portion of the proceeds goes to Partnership for Rhino Conservation (PARC) in Nepal.
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    Christmas is a very special time of year filled with laughter, joy and anticipation. Friends and family gather from near and far to share the warmth of the season. The aroma of roasting turkey fills the house, and children’s faces are aglow with wonder and delight.

    However, many needy children do not have the same anticipatory glow. Many of these children exhibit a touching belief in the goodness and charity of the Christmas season that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence. Their “Dear Santa” letters arrive by the thousands in every Post Office in our country.

    Each year kind hearted people bring Operation Santa Claus to life by answering “Dear Santa” letters from needy children who would otherwise have no Christmas at all.

    Operation Santa Claus is changing with the times and growing which means that this wonderful volunteer program may now be available at your local post office. Please note that “Dear Santa” letters will no longer sent out by mail from the New York Post Office, so if you would like to participate in this wonderful program, simply call your local post office to see if they offer “Operation Santa Claus”. Please see our “USPS Operation Santa Claus“ information page for more information on how to locate a post office in your area.

    Please read the “Operation Santa Claus” articles that inspired this site. It is our sincere and fervent hope that after reading both stories, that parents, teachers, scouting and civic organizations will band together to form a local chapter of Operation Santa Claus in each and every town in this land.
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    Give a Gift, Save a Life

    Searching for that perfect gift this holiday season? We've got you covered. By giving ASPCA Symbolic Gifts, you'll honor those on your gift list by providing support to animals who desperately need our help. There are more than 30 Symbolic Gift options to choose from, including medical treatment for sick animals and critical care for animal victims of cruelty and disaster.

    Your purchase of an ASPCA Symbolic Gift honors the recipient while giving countless dogs, cats, horses and other companion animals a second chance this winter. Each gift includes a certificate of appreciation, a greeting card featuring ASPCA-rescued animals and a premium item for gifts of $50 or more—plus, standard shipping is free. Consider giving an ASPCA Symbolic Gift today, and make this holiday season one with a lasting positive impact on the lives of animals nationwide.

    The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing cruelty towards animals. Based in New York City since its inception in 1866, the organization's mission is "to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States."

    Following the creation of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in the UK in 1824 (given Royal status in 1840), Henry Bergh founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on April 10, 1866 in New York City. It is the oldest animal welfare organization in the United States. Buffalo's chapter, founded in 1867, is the second oldest. ASPCA was founded to stop the injustices animals face across the United States. On February 8, 1866, Bergh pleaded on behalf of animals at a meeting at Clinton Hall in New York City. Some of the issues he discussed were cockfighting and the horrors of slaughterhouses. After getting signatures for his "Declaration of the Rights of Animals," Bergh was given an official charter to incorporate ASPCA on April 10, 1866. On April 19, 1866, the first anti-cruelty law was passed since the founding of ASPCA, and the organization was granted the right to enforce anti-cruelty laws. At that time, there were three staff members at the ASPCA. In 1867, ASPCA operated its first ambulance for injured horses and advocated alternatives for inhumane actions toward animals such as horses, live pigeons, cats and dogs. By the time of Bergh's death in 1888, 37 out of the 38 states in the union had enacted anti-cruelty laws that were enforced by the ASPCA. Early goals of ASPCA focused on efforts for horses and livestock, since at the time they were used for a number of activities.

    Starting at the turn of the 20th century, small domestic animals, like cats and dogs, became the focus for members of ASPCA. ASPCA wrote its first annual report in 1867 after a man was sentenced to 10 days in prison for beating a cat to death.

    From 1894 to 1994, the ASPCA operated the municipal animal shelter system in New York City which inevitably euthanized unadopted animals. Starting in 1977, the ASPCA entered into a contract with New York City Department of Health to receive municipal funding to operate the shelter system. This created the effect of being increasingly reliant on government contracting/government income rather than private donations. This resulted in being subject to the effects of yearly city budget appropriations. In 1993, the ASPCA decided that operating the kill shelter system for New York City conflicted with its mission and discouraged private donations. The group then terminated its contract for operating the shelter system. The agreement for operation of the Humane Law Enforcement Division remained unchanged by this action. Operation of the shelter system was transferred to Center for Animal Care and Control in 1995.

    One of the early goals of ASPCA was to improve the health and welfare of animals. The first animal hospitals under ASPCA were created in 1912. Since the creation of these hospitals, ASPCA found a new tactic in improving its cause: the ability to develop various medical procedures and innovations with help from new discoveries in medicine and technology.

    While at times controversial, the ASPCA has done much to move us in the direction of providing better animal healthcare, to maintain slaughterhouses in a humane way and to raise awareness on a local level helping people providing help where help is needed.Please help them in their efforts this Christmas by providing any donations you can or buying an item or two from their store as it all goes to a worthy cause.
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    More than 25 years ago, Zimbabwe’s black rhino population was decreasing at an alarming rate from intense, organized poaching. In response, a group of concerned individuals and institutions founded the Black Rhino Foundation in 1989 to assist in the conservation of black rhinos in Zimbabwe through efforts in the wild and in captivity. In part because of the Black Rhino Foundation’s support, poaching was virtually eliminated and Zimbabwe’ black rhino population began to stabilize. In most areas throughout the species’ range, numbers are now increasing. In 1993, recognizing that the escalating crisis facing all five rhino species was not receiving the attention it deserved, the Black Rhino Foundation expanded its mission and became the International Rhino Foundation (IRF). The International Rhino Foundation is dedicated to the survival of the world’s rhino species through conservation and research. At the heart of IRF’s vision is the belief that these magnificent species should endure for future generations, and that protecting rhinos ensures the survival of many other species that share their habitat, including people.
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    Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 non-profit hospitals across North America. Children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, the hospitals, known as "The World's Greatest Philanthropy," are owned and operated by Shriners International, formerly known as the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, a Freemasonry-related organization simply known today as the Shriners. Patients must be minors under the age of 18 and are not required to have any familial affiliation with the Shriners order nor Freemasonry.

    The generosity of donors is what enables Shriners Hospitals for Children® to deliver life-changing medical care without placing burden on the families of our patients. There are many ways to give, from participating in one of our many fundraising events throughout the year, to creating a plan for giving. No matter how large or small, every gift to Shriners Hospitals for Children makes a difference in the life of a child.
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    The Salvation Army's story begins with a man named William Booth who was quite a rebel in his own right as he rejected the traditional ways of the Christian Church by bringing the word of God to the people rather than waiting for them to come to the church. He preached his faith to the poor, the homeless, the hungry, and the destitute. Thieves, prostitutes, gamblers, and drunkards were among his first converts... people that few churches would accept because of their past and it was from these people that the Salvation Army would be born. The goals of the Salvation Army have changed in many ways such as the fact that they do not just help the poor and their mission changed from one of Christian preaching to Christian charity. No matter who you are, no matter what your past, the Salvation Army welcomes you to join in their fight to help those in need and to create a better world for all people... but most especially for those which society tends to cast out or to abandon. All people have the ability to do good and it has been the Salvation Army's mission to give these people a chance to prove and improve themselves where even today, many in the world would not.

    This is an extremely worthy charity where even if you have nothing, you are welcome to give from your heart to help others as you yourself will be helped by others. So if you see them out there with their bells, drop some change in the bucket or support their causes in toy drives, finding home for the homeless, donating meals and the Angel Giving Tree Online. Making Christmas special for those in need is what the Salvation Army does best, so give them a hand and feel good doing it.
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    One thing I like to support is the House Rabbit Society... they educate people on proper care for rabbits, socialize neglected rabbits, spay and neuter rabbits (which can double their lifespan) and house train rabbits (they can use litter boxes much like cats, tho they need a safe, paper based litter rather than cat litter). The House Rabbit Society also lets you sponsor a rabbit even if you can't take a pair home- rabbits tend to mate for life pair bondings and go best in pairs.

    http://rabbit.org/

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    A country where female children-CHILDREN- are often sold as wives/slaves to the highest bidder- tortured, raped, beaten, and then, on top of it all, criminalized for the things they had no control over. And now the country wants to ban testimony that may help save the women and girls. PLEASE speak out against this horrific abuse!
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