2018 ended off on a pretty dramatic note – my hair cut. Now, it seems silly to call a hair cut dramatic, but y’all, it was the first hair cut I’d had in fifteen months and I took off more than a foot. I took the foot of hair off – and for a good cause. I’m planning to donate it to kids with cancer, but that’s not the only cause I want to help out this year.
The first time I donated my hair, I was 11 or 12, I think. I had super knotty hair that went almost down to my waist and it needed to be cut a long time before it did. It took my mom months to finally get it in the mail. After that I never really thought about it again.
I’m not sure what triggered the idea to donate my hair this time around – I remember asking my aunt last August when I cut it the first time, but it wasn’t quite long enough. Maybe it just rolled around in my head for fifteen months, but in December I finally did it.
In addition to this, my company gives two paid days off a year to dedicate time to a non-profit. Between these two things, I’ve really thought about how I can develop my time and talents to others in need (cause lord knows I don’t have money to give). Today, I’d like to share five non-profits I want to give to this year.
1. Locks of Love
This one is where I’ll donate my hair. There are a few other places that take hair, but one place was going to stop accepting hair by the end of 2018 and the other one required a foot. My hair came in just at ten inches in the ponytail, so Locks of Love was the perfect fit.
For more information on Locks of Love, visit their website.
2. Special Olympics
My brother that was born right after me has a speech disorder and for the last decade, he’s played in Special Olympics sports. I’ve had a lot of fun watching him and going to the big state games, but I’ve never done much beyond taking a lot of pictures. This year, I’d like to make it different. I’d like to spend a day working the games when I go up for my brother’s graduation (the other brother).
3, Break the Silence
I’ve been fortunate to have never experienced domestic violence or assault. However, writing mystery books with heavy topics – it’s a topic that I’ve covered in books. As a woman, it hurts my heart and I hope that I raise my sons to never hurt a woman like that and I raise my daughters to be smart and to see the warning signs.
For more information on Break the Silence, visit their website.
4. The Austin, TX Public Library
If you ask me my favorite place in Austin, it’ll be one of two places – Mozart’s Coffee Roasters or the Downtown library. As an avid reader and an author, encouraging people to read is so important to me. Whether you read fantasy or romance, I want you to pick up a book. Libraries are the best way to find new stories to read. The downtown library is only a few years old (it opened after I moved to Austin) and I want people to go. I want to help out and volunteer.
To learn more about the ATX Public Library system, visit the website.
5. Catholic Charities
While I am nowhere near the active Catholic I used to be, I’m still a Catholic and I still believe in many core values. I want to help out those who don’t have the things they need and Catholic Charities works to help those who are in need. Catholic Charities helps in a lot of ways, but I would love to do something with social justice or policy, especially given my background in politics.
They support immigrants who are in need, work with those seeking affordable housing, professional development, food and water, and so many other things.
To learn more about Catholic Charities, visit their website.
In 2019, I want to work to be a better person and to give more of myself where I can. Obviously, we all want to help with causes we care about and these are all areas my heart feels called to help with.