June 21, 2021

Causes and Donations - Books, Animals, and People / PART 1


Hey Everyone,

I want to share with you some very good causes that you can support.


Do you have books lying around at home or on bookshelves that you've had for years but really aren't going to read? Why not add them to local Little Free Libraries? While you're at it, you can donate your own published books to Little Free Libraries, too, as my mom and I had done recently.

Check out this map to find Little Free Libraries near you:


Last month, I was taking care of a kitten estimated to be about 5 weeks old after two of my neighbors out walking dogs one night discovered her in the middle of the road in front of my house. I was able to find her a good home because, sadly, I could not keep her, although my heart broke when I gave her to her new parents. I had named her Eclipse because she'd been found on the night of the full moon, the night after the lunar eclipse, and because of her coat: all white with a black tail.

If I hadn't been able to find a good home that could care for her, since she was so young, I was going to contact Humane Society of South Brevard, a no-kill shelter where cats roam free and they set up adoptions. Although I won't be contacting them about Eclipse, I do plan to donate to them.

You can look for local, no-kill humane societies/shelters that do adoptions and do not receive federal, state, or county funding. These shelters rely on donations of pet food, towels, cat litter, flea medication, etc. Their website will list items they need.

This is Eclipse:


WoofTrax: "The more people actively walking with the free WoofTrax app, the greater the donation to your selected animal organization! Use the app each time you grab for the leash. It’s healthy for you, your dog, and your favorite shelter or rescue."


India's economy was starting to recover when it was hit with a second wave that is 10 times more severe than what they experienced in 2020. They've had over 330,000 deaths. Although, because the scale of devastation in Rural India may not be fully know, the number of deaths reported could easily be far more than that. On May 6th, they'd reached 414,433 new daily cases, a record. In the cities, there's a lack of oxygen tanks and hospital beds. But in the rural areas, it's dire because they lack access to basic health care and local authorities are neglecting them. 

You can help from afar.


COVID-19 Oxygen for India: "The current need is for RELIABLE (tested) pulse oximeters in low resource settings."

Give India: They offer a few COVID missions you can donate to, including: Help patients breathe as they battle COVID, Give cash support to families of COVID deceasedHelp set up COVID care centres for patients fighting Coronavirus, Donate food to families struggling with hunger in COVID's second wave, and Lakhs of women have had no sanitary napkins during Covid-19.

CARE India: "CARE India with its 70 years of experience in providing relief during disasters and delivering large scale health programmes on the ground, is well-positioned to support the affected citizens where the need is the greatest."

Hemkunt Foundation: COVID-19 oxygen cylinders.

Khaana Chahiye Foundation: This fundraiser will be ending soon. "We at Khaana Chahiye are ensuring that the most vulnerable populations have access to food."


While the United States is doing better in this pandemic (in large part due to the vaccines that have been administered, as well as safety precautions), other countries around the world are not, and it's important that these countries receive help. Variants are popping up globally that vaccines may not be able to fight against. It'll take one of these variants here to create another wave in the US. If there's global, equitable access to vaccines, we can prevent this from happening.


Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC): "It’s the financing instrument that will enable people in 92 lower-income economies to access safe and effective donor-funded COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility at the same time as 98 higher-income, self-financing countries receive their doses. The more funds Gavi receives, the more people will be protected against the virus."

CONTENT WARNING: Indigenous genocide


May 2021, a mass grave containing the remains of 215 Indigenous children was found at Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia that closed in 1978. Some of them were as young as three years old.

Residential schools were created to "kill the Indian in the child," and the children who were forced to go to these schools were mistreated and abused (mentally, physically, and sexually).

Seven generations of Indigenous peoples in Canada were lost to these schools. Many children never returned home. The last residential school in Canada closed in 1996, so this is not distant history, but recent.


On June 10, 2021, 104 Indigenous children were discovered at a former residential school in Brandon, Manitoba.

On June 23, 2021, an unmarked gravesite of Indigenous children was discovered in Saskatchewan, containing 751 graves...751 children.


Indian Residential School Survivors Society: "IRSSS provides essential services to Residential School Survivors, their families, and those dealing with Intergenerational traumas."


The United States also had schools like this, called "boarding schools," which began in 1860. The goal was to assimilate these children into the white "American way of life." [1]

Col. Richard Henry Pratt, who established the Carlisle Indian School in Carlisle Pennsylvania, where he was the Headmaster for 25 years, believed, "Kill the Indian, save the man.” [2] "About 10,000 students attended the Carlisle School from its founding until it closed its doors in 1918." [3

"There were more than 350 government-funded, and often church-run, Indian Boarding schools across the US in the 19th and 20th centuries." [4]

"As of 2020, there are seven federally funded boarding schools in the United States. The Bureau of Indian Education operates four of them, and three are tribally controlled." [5]


Native Wellness Institute: "NWI exists to promote the well-being of Native people through programs and trainings that embrace the teachings and traditions of our ancestors."

Native Americans Right Funds

First Nations’ COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund



Gaza's largest and most-beloved bookstore and library, Samir Mansour Book Store, was destroyed in an airstrike last month. You can learn more by reading this LitHub article and you can donate to help rebuild it.


Rebuild Gaza's Samir Mansour Book Store: "All funds will be given directly to Samir Mansour to rent new space and rebuild a new library and book shop."


You can adopt a unique bee when you purchase a special piece of jewelry: a necklace, bracelet, earrings, or pin

Project Honey Bees: "Proceeds of each purchase will be donated to honey.ucdavis.edu and will contribute to university bee research, creation of new hives, repopulation of bees, education of communities, long term solutions to the declining population of bees and more!"

I had adopted a queen bee in February named Darkness.


Nasty Woman Cosmetics: I bought Resistance Red, because I love a good red lip.

I also bought Power to the Purple for which a "portion of the proceeds from each sale benefit organizations such as Emily's List, ACLU Michigan and other organizations that share our values of empowerment and equality."

QUESTION: What causes/shelters/libraries/organizations, etc. do you like to donate to? What products have you purchased that give a portion of their proceeds to something you care about? 


  1. My big causes are science and the environment, so I support local parks and open space, as well as the Union of Concerned Scientists, who work hard to bring science into our politics and policies. The Nature Conservancy works to protect what wild lands we have left. And of course everyone’s local library can use some love! I haven’t gotten involved since I moved, but in my old town I met some great people volunteering with the Friends of the Library!

    1. All of those causes sound very important and worthy of support. I had considered becoming a Friends of the Library volunteer in the old city I’d been living in years ago, but I never ended up doing. Helping out our libraries is a great thing to do. Thanks for your comment, Rebecca!

  2. I love Free Little Libraries. I have a few of them to which I try to bring books each month.

    I definitely need to look into the WoofTrax app. I didn't know about that one, but it sounds perfect for me. :)

    Thank you for the list, Chrys! Very worthy causes, all of them!

    1. Thank you, M.J.!

      I definitely thought of you when I stumbled upon WoofTrax. :)

  3. Great tips on where to donate. I really like the idea of donating books to someone else's Little Library.

  4. This information is excellent, Chrys. Thank you for providing it. I didn't know about the little libraries. I'll definitely check into that.


  5. Good information. I have a couple of friends who are pastors in India and what they are facing is terrible. COVID is also hitting South America hard, especially Brazil, which will soon surpass our death toll. In addition to the church and church's mission, I tend to support agencies that provide support to those struggling the most.

    1. Brazil is being hit very hard. It's horrible what's going on in the countries that don't have our resources. I hope your friends stay safe and well.

  6. Hi Chrys - thanks for all these good causes to which I would willingly support, some I do. Books I particularly donate to a local charity for the people here - I always give to many causes ... thank you for all the reminders - all the best Hilary

    1. Hi, Hilary! That's great to hear.

      I love to donate books and did it whenever I can.

  7. Hi Chrys, thanks for sharing about these causes.

    1. You're welcome! Thanks for comment, Rachna. :)