Gaiscioch Charity Corner
The Gaiscioch Social Gaming Community in itself is not a charitable organization. Instead Gaiscioch works with several non-profit charities that benefit children and their families in times of crisis.
Candlelighters for Children with Cancer
Support - Education - Advocacy - HOPE
…because kids can’t fight cancer alone!
The organization, Candlelighters For Children With Cancer, provides support to children with cancer, survivors of childhood cancer, the parents of children who are being or have been treated for cancer, bereaved families, health care professionals, and educators. Their mission to the community and to the families affected by childhood cancer covers four essential areas: support, education, advocacy and hope.
SUPPORTING THOSE IN NEED
Candlelighters provides frontline assistance to families of cancer patients, ages 0-21, as they battle the emotional stresses of their experiences. The connections made with other members who have been through it all and know how to help is tremendously supportive. Meetings, personal assistance and activities for families provide the outlets needed to share the fear and frustrations caused by childhood cancer.
EDUCATION FOR INFORMED CHOICES
Quarterly meetings and educational forums, including speakers from the medical field, keep members up to date on the research programs, medical information and pediatric care. This helps families better understand the treatment choices for their children as well as the difficulties associated with side effects and survivorship.
ADVOCACY FOR TODAY AND FOR THE FUTURE
Candlelighters For Children With Cancer supports families whose children have or have had cancer. We work through all the stages: discovery, diagnosis, treatment and remission. We can also help with other issues, such as those that arise when a child dies. Our motto is, “It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”
Candlelighters For Children With Cancer is a federal non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation .
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Project Night Night
Project Night Night donates over 25,000 Night Night Packages each year, free of charge, to homeless children who need childhood essentials to feel secure, significant, cozy, and ready to learn. Each Night Night Package contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children’s book, and a stuffed animal -- all nestled inside of a new canvas tote bag. By providing objects of reliable comfort, Project Night Night reduces trauma and advances the emotional and cognitive well-being of the children we serve.
Every child who receives one of these Night Night Packages leaves the shelter owning a book, which
encourages reading and family bonding, a security blanket which can be cuddled, and a stuffed animal which can become a cherished friend. The group has one objective – to deliver our Night Night Packages to every homeless child in the country who needs one.
Project Night Night is a tax exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code. We work with over 10,000 volunteers each year, and we are the leading provider of nighttime comforts for homeless children.
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Project Smile’s mission is to help comfort children involved in traumatic situations. The organization donates stuffed animals, coloring books and crayons, as well as reading books to police and fire departments for individual officers, firefighters and paramedics to give to children.
The goal is to ensure that every emergency responder in New England has immediate access to comfort items for children involved in traumatic situations. Many of the children who receive items were:
- Witnesses of domestic violence or other crimes
- Victims of child abuse
- Victims of sexual assault
- Sick or injured
- Coping with the loss or serious injury of a loved one.
- Victims of house fires
Project Smile also partners with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families and donates stuffed animals, books and coloring books and crayons for children entering foster care. Additionally, Project Smile partners with homeless shelters to provide these important comfort items to children residing in Massachusetts shelters.
Project Smile is federally tax-exempt non-profit organization
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About the Author
Aoibheann (pronounced Ae-veen) is an Irish American Artist.
As a Photographer and Writer her work has been featured in Gaiscoich Magazine, Biker Magazine, Sun City Bikers, Ruidoso News, The Ruidoso Free Press, KEDU Radio, the Society for Creative Anachronism, BetterPhoto.com, Juicy Skin Calendar, as well as various other publications for the U.S. military and her colleges.
When she’s not traveling the world and taking pictures, you can find her interviewing interesting people, writing whimsical stories and articles, gaming in GW2, playing guitar, reading her favorite books, or out dancing in the rain.
Owner of Rogue Photos, you can view her photography work at http://roguephotos.virb.com/