Geeksgiving Fundraiser for the Home of the Innocents

Today from noon until 9pm ET, I am teaming with the mighty folks at the Louisville Digital Association (LDA) in their first annual Geeksgiving charity event. This call to action was initiated by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to “Give A Day week of service” and the organization LDA has selected to drive funds to is Home of the Innocents.

About Home of the Innocents:

Louisville’s own Home of the Innocents, a private, non-profit agency that has been in operation for 130 years, served almost 2,000 children last year. The Home provides services to assist those who are facing severe crisis, including:

  • Residential and community-based services to children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected. These services include short or long-term residential care, a home for pregnant and parenting teens, crisis shelter services, and therapeutic loving foster care services.
  • The Home operates a hospital-like and home away from home environment for medically fragile children, children who are dependent on technology to sustain life, as well as children who are terminally ill. The Kosair Charities Pediatric Convalescent Center gives each child personalized care with an expert team of doctors, nurses, and therapists. Each child receives on-site educational opportunities and takes part in fun activities such as swimming, art projects, and community outings.
  • In-home and in-school support services are provided for children with autism. Children with autism and their families struggle with very little help and often few resources. The Home provides these families with a wide-range of services and effective treatment with lower overall costs.

Here’s how you can help:

1. Donate

The Home of the Innocents is in desperate need of several critical items, as detailed in this  Amazon Wishlist:

Pick a few items, punch in a credit card, and you’ll have made a world of difference in the lives of Louisville’s most vulnerable children. All donations should be shipped to:

Home of the Innocents

1100 East Market Street

Louisville, KY 40206


Can’t decide on which of the several items to give? Cash is a perfectly acceptable substitute.  Monetary donations can be made here:
A bit short on cash? No worries. The Home of the Innocents also welcomes donations in kind of any new or gently-used items from  this needs list:
Items in bold are most needed, but all donations are graciously welcome.
2. Spread the word

Take the three links above, and blast them to every follower, friend, connection and contact you’ve got in your address book or Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ (or even MySpace) profiles. Blog about it. Chat about it. Skype about it. Even call people on this antiquated device called a telephone. Whatever it takes to get the word out that the Home of the Innocents is in need of our assistance.

Thanks for supporting me and helping those in need.

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