I’m taking a moment out from our regularly scheduled blog to point you all in the direction of something super important that I didn’t want to go unnoticed since it’s sort of buried in the sidebar (I’m planning to make this a more important part of the page soon).
When I started up the new blog and decided that this was going to be one of my main website focuses, even more so than my rowanpendragon.com site or my soon to launch askawitch.net site, I wanted to be able to attach something meaningful and helpful to it. I didn’t want this to be just about me but about helping other people in some way. While I’m sure there are a few people helped by the daily posts and my somewhat entertaining quips about life and whatnot, that wasn’t the sort of help I had in mind. I wanted to be able to find a way to use internet traffic to raise money for a cause I support.
But what cause? I thought of trying to find a way to raise money for Lady Liberty League or Pagan Pride Day but then after thinking about that I decided that, while great causes and all places that we could and should turn attention to as Pagans, there are other more pressing issues that need attention out in the world. And that’s when I decided that I wanted to help get the word out about To Write Love On Her Arms, a charity that means a lot to me and that helps a lot of people every years.
To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) is a charity that works to raise money to help (mostly but not only) teens who are dealing with depression, stress, addiction, self-injury and suicide. As someone who dealt with all of these things in varied degrees in my younger years, I feel a very special bond to a charity like this that is working so hard on a grassroots level though the music scene to get the message out to kids that they are not alone; everyone goes through periods of feeling lost and alone but, in truth, you are never alone and someone is always there to hold your hand, lend a listening ear and help you find light in the darkness, even if that person is someone you don’t know who is on the other end of an online crisis and suicide prevention line.
TWLOHA works to raise money for online and telephone crisis centers and other treatment and prevention methods. Their big message is to let people know that no matter how they might feel or what they are going through if they just pick up a phone there will be someone there to listen and help them and get them through their personal crisis.
So it’s simple. Just by coming and stopping by the page here, because of my little MAC sponsored widget on the sidebar, you’ll help me raise points that will eventually help raise money for the cause. You can also pop over to the website for TWLOHA and donate directly to them. Please give their website a look, visit the page here often, and remember that you can help save a life by simply being a friend, even to a stranger.