12 Responses to “Two Stories to Touch Your Heart and Open Up Your Givingness”


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  1. T

    I’m not sure if it’s quite the type of thing you’re looking for, but there are two causes that I’ve got bookmarked to spend my holiday money this year. 

    The first is the Ada Initiative: http://adainitiative.org/2011/12/a-personal-appeal-for-support-from-valerie-aurora-executive-director-of-the-ada-initiative/ It has done a huge amount of work implementing anti-harassment policies recently and from what I’ve heard from women on the ground things are actually getting a bit safer and nicer.

    The second one is the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia: http://www.hamlinfistula.org.au/hospital/treatment.html I was made aware of this centre through a very lovely blogger who decided to raise money for it this month: http://zeroatthebone.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/dressember-days-12-14/ The hospital can heal 93% of obstetric fistulas which occur where women don’t have access to proper care during childbirth (The continuous pressure of the baby’s head inside the mother causes a loss of circulation to part of the bladder tissue and sometimes the rectal wall. The tissue dies and drops out, leaving a hole. As a result the mother is left incontinent of urine and in 20% of cases incontinent of bowel contents as well) and gives jobs and training to the other 7%. 

  2. WEFA

    Wow, Leslie! You know how to pull at the heart strings don’t you? I wake up at midnight and decide to read some, and now I am in tears. These are the kinds of stories that can give us SO much hope! There are kind people out there, and I have a company we can get behind that I want you to tell people whom live in Washington and Alaska about. Full Circle Farms. They are an organic produce delivery company, and they just concluded the first annual harvest moon food challenge, donating 2,500 pounds of food to local food banks. They did a pound for every like on facebook. We were getting their boxes (and will again when purse strings are less tight) and unfortunately due to some current hard times (healing from major abdominal surgery, I had a 9 lb necrotic cyst that took my ovary with it, so have medical debt) we had to use the local resources, and were so happy to see that they truly held up their bargain and we recognized the organic apples. This is a company that truly cares about getting good food to people, so I hope to ask people to just give them some support and like on facebook. And if you live in the WA or AK areas, I give you a possible good produce resource :) 

    I wish I could monetarily help your friends in need, but currently what I can provide is hope and belief that they will get what they need. And spreading the message! 

  3. Caryl_T


    The story about the boy with cancer struck me, and I thought I would share a link to a documentary I recently watched.  There are so many problems with the medical system, and it is sad that the corporate/government agencies are so intertwined that people lose their choice and voice.  Check out the documentary on Netflix if you get the chance. This alternative to cancer is very interesting, especially once you see that the government is trying to basically steal this doctor’s patent. 

  4. KarinSDCA

    Beautiful work, Leslie!

  5. Leslie, You Rock.  Thanks for sharing my story (and I didn’t remember blood on the windowsill, but i DO remember the demons that lived in the field behind my house, and the alien face etched into the teeer-totter – not sure we solved any mysteries, but we uncovered more than our fair share!!)

    Thanks to the Crunchy Betty readers.  I have had a couple of donations, and I wondered where they had come from.  Now I know!!

  6. Sasha

    Thank you so much for posting this. I read about Randi and I have to say that is one special woman! I felt so much love just reading the amazing story!
    I also read all about Jacob and his family and their struggle and I have to say that my heart ACHED for them and what they have been through. Instead of celebrating Jacob’s recovery they have to spend weeks, months, holidays and birthdays struggling with the aftermath of the hospitals horribly WRONG judgement. I truly hope that the struggle ends soon for them. After donating, signing the petition, writing Jacob a letter and posting about it on Facebook, I still wish there was more I could do. I hope that many other people find their story and help them, because they really deserve it.

  7. Annabelle

    I love to hear stories like these. Another one is this: http://www.helpingjenny.blogspot.com/  It’s a friend of mine trying to raise money to help pay her mom’s medical bills from several rounds of chemo for breast cancer.

  8. Leslie, I also read about Jacob Stieler in an email from Home School Legal Defense Association (www.hslda.org).  Thank you for posting about this and Randi’s story, and for raising awareness about such issues of which many people are not aware. 

    Love your blog, girlie!  On my way to being even crunchier… :)

  9. Randishetley01

    T, I have had the opportunity to visit the fistula hospital in Addis Ababa twice. It is an amazing
    Place filled with hope for women who had none. If you get the chance watch the documentary “A Walk to Beautiful”. It follows the lives of 4 women whose loves were changed through the free surgery this hospital offers.


  10. guest

    It’s called spoonful of heart. We all need a little beauty in our lives.

  11. Tasha

    The case against Jacob Steiler’s parents was dismissed! Awesome!

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