Gifts that give back

Whether it’s thoughtful presents, your time or delectable treats, Christmas is a time for giving. And as dictated by Elliott family tradition, my sons begin their shopping today, because, you know – Christmas Eve; they live dangerously.

Now don’t misunderstand, I love everything my boys have ever given me, and as much as I treasure green apple bath salts and bedazzled  kitten mittens, I decided to turn this year’s gift list into a chance to do more.

I’m blessed to be involved with the below charities, and encourage you to click through and read all about the good they are bringing to the world.  Avoid the mall, forget the wrapping, and do something for the greater good – make a donation, it’s the priceless gift that never stops giving.

Merry Christmas – and thank you!

The Caroline Previdi Foundation : The Caroline Previdi Foundation was created in memory of Caroline Previdi, a first grader who was lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. Her positive and enthusiastic approach to life as well as her concern for others inspired her family and friends to create this foundation in her honor. Caroline was an expressive and happy little girl who embraced a wide array of activities like soccer, dance, art, and swim team. In addition to her activities, she found great joy in helping other children. It is our hope that her legacy will continue as the foundation provides support to children who lack the financial resources to be involved in extracurricular activities. (Fabulous gifts available! )


Connecticut Children’s Medical Center:Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is a nationally recognized, 187-bed not-for-profit children’s hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Named among the best in the nation in the annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings, Connecticut Children’s is the only free-standing children’s hospital in Connecticut that offers comprehensive, world-class health care to children.

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Cooklander – To The Stove: Cooklander: To the Stove! is a collection of 550 recipes from Starz Outlander cast, crew, and Fanmily from around the world.  We sent out the word we wanted donations of recipes, and we had to turn some away. We may share some of those with you while you wait for your cookbook to arrive. We wanted tried and true recipes, the kind you find at family gatherings, neighborhood potlucks, church socials, and especially those that were handwritten by Grandmothers​.  These cookbooks will make great Holiday gifts for Outlander and cookbook fans  as well as maybe finding a new recipe to try for the Holidays


World Child Cancer – Bonnie Terbush’s London Marathon Sponsorship:In developing countries fewer than one in 10 children with cancer are diagnosed, treated or given pain relief. World Child Cancer improves cancer care for some of the world’s poorest children by creating international twinning partnerships between medics, hospitals and parent support groups. Thank you for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page. In  April, 2016, I will be traveling to the UK in order to run in The London Marathon. I will be running with Team World Child Cancer.

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