Watching the news these days can be a downer, but don’t you love those stories at the end that spotlight people making a difference?

Here are two amazing projects that I encourage you to drop what you are doing and check out.

First, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there are thousands of children at our border seeking to claim refugee status from the horrible, violent situations in their home countries that they ran away from. They’re being held in overcrowded shelters while we all wait for Congress to do something, and it’s not a pretty sight.

The Texas Young Democrats are stepping up to help, and you should join them. They’ve set up an Amazon wish list with items like soap, socks, t-shirts and backpacks. Many of these items are under $10, and 100% of the things you buy will go to a child being held at the border.

Second, people in Detroit have been battling the city water authorities for over a month after they instituted a plan to shut off water to the 150,000 residents who are delinquent on their bills. Even though big corporations and sports stadiums owe thousands for delinquent water bills, Detroit would rather shut off the water to half of the city’s citizens.

Good people have set up the Detroit Water Project, a match service where you can help someone in Detroit pay all or part of their delinquent water bill. Once you sign up for a match and pledge an amount, you’re taken directly to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department website to pay a bill. It’s that easy to help someone get their water back and take a shower during the hottest part of the year.

Two great ways to lend a hand set up by people who aren’t profiting a dime. Love it.




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