Charity of the Month December 2013 – The Lydia Project
EatSmart fans will continue to select each Charity of the Month in 2013. Fans will submit short stories about the charity’s mission and why it’s meaningful to them. We began our Charity of the Month donations in 2011.
The Lydia Project helps women of all ages who are going through any type of cancer. Located in Augusta Georgia, they are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit charity that was started back in 2003. The ladies of The Lydia Project send their support to women in all parts of the country facing cancer by sending them ongoing support and encouraging words along with a handmade tote made by a volunteer. These heartwarming bags are filled with items to make their time a little easier. The ladies and volunteers of The Lydia Project would give a cancer patient the shirt off of their back if it would bring a smile to their face.
This charity is very special to me because my grandfather was diagnosed with leukemia 5 years ago and ended up hospitalized the last few months. A volunteer from The Lydia Project walked by her room and saw my grandmother with a sad look on her face. She sat with my grandparents for hours and when she left she handed my grandmother 3 of their bags (which are filled with things like lotion, ink pens, travel sized tissues as well as other items). One was for my grandmother, my mother, and myself. When my grandfather passed a few weeks later, the ladies from The Lydia Project were back by my grandmother’s side to help her cope for her loss. Shortly after my grandfather’s passing my grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer. The wonderful ladies from The Lydia Project came by every few days to check on my her and would bring her anything she needed, as well as sending her encouraging notes in the mail. The Lydia Project is an amazing charity that helps the women (and men) get through their suffering one patient at a time.
About the Author: Michelle is a stay at home mother and wife to her husband and two daughters. Her other passion is cooking and baking, brought up cooking in the kitchen with tons of memories of her grandmother, and hopes to have that with her girls as well. Get to know Michelle and her blog at Sweet Southern Lovin!
We will be donating 50 cents for every new Facebook follower during the month of December. (So spread the word!)