My son? Well, he had a load of questions about scenes in Sudan, but he eventually fell asleep.
My daughter wanted to help children, in some way. She got inspired to be charitable from the movie. Then I told her of the two charities to which we (my husband and I) contribute regularly: St. Jude's and Children International.
I started donating to St. Jude's when my daughter was born. It was instinctual. I felt the need to help children who struggled just to grow up. I've witnessed a handful of children go through horrible diseases. It gets depressing when your thoughts wander, especially with your baby in your arms, and you feel horrible for not helping out every possible children's charity out there. I've learned you can't help everyone, but everyone can help out at least one. So St. Jude has been the one for over a decade.
The second charity fell on my lap when my mother-in-law passed away last year. She was in a nursing home, incontinent, and with the little money she had she would send a good portion of it to a child in the Children International program. We learned about this when she passed and we went through her mail. We found an envelop from Children International, and inside was a hand-written letter from the 6-year-old Honduran girl she was sponsoring. The little girl included a crayon drawings of her school and a message thanking my mother-in-law for her support. As a tribute to my mother-in-law, we took the account over and still continue to donate.
It's weird to "celebrate" these charities, so I'll just say that I'm thankful for St. Jude's, Children International, and all the other charities that put forward the needs of children before their own.
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