Happy Veterans day … yesterday

I missed the official holiday (it was yesterday), but it’s never too late to say “thank you” to all our veterans and troops who have risked their lives to keep us safe and protected.

I can get behind many causes, and I feel strongly about lots of charities, but the two that constantly bring me to tears are anything to do with children not given a proper chance at life (abused, neglected, not loved, ugh) and Vets being neglected and not being properly appreciated, especially when they suffer from physical or mental disabilities.   Whenever I see a homeless person holding a “homeless vet” sign I just think, “WHY AND HOW did we let that happen?” It’s just so sad.

But I’m one of those people who get emotionally overwhelmed when it’s convenient for me, and I promise all these things to myself, but rarely put my money and time where my mouth is because the next morning I’ll end up getting really busy and just kinda forgetting about it.

So this is the year, folks. I’ve just made a few phone calls and sent a few emails and my goal is to find a project in LA where I can use my design skills to help a family have a better home. Homes For Our Troops seems to be the best national organization, but there isn’t a box to check for “decorating.” While general volunteering is always great, I feel like it’s kinda wasting an opportunity to use what I got to help individuals. I’ve contacted and left messages and maybe there is a partnership there (meanwhile you can volunteer or simply donate there). But if anyone knows the right program in Los Angeles (or family that is in great need), please email me.

I’m only one person and for now I’ll only be able to do one project, so one with a lot of impact would be great. But obviously I’ll be looking for sponsors to help pay for it and who knows what it may lead to. If you are a retailer that is interested in donating or partnering in this, please email as well.

Email me at emily- at -stylebyemilyhenderson.com

So thank you very much to our American Soldiers and Veterans. You are very appreciated.

  1. Crystal

    You said it just right in your paragraph about being emotional when its convenient and then forgetting about it. I always reflect on myself and think how I have a really compassionate heart, but lack putting it into action. In the end that really means nothing, because our actions are what speak for our lives. You really need to read this post and the related posts on this website, since she and her husband have done nearly exactly what you describe here. Finding a way to specifically volunteer and contribute financially with a huge help from local sponsors and donations.

    http://www.centsationalgirl.com/2011/03/dreaming-big-giving-big/

  2. Ooh I hope you find the right place! You are so right, it makes sense to offer the thing that you can uniquely do.