Anna K Stein
This is a shameless, blatant attempt to get all you kind people to buy my products.
The thing is, this isn’t just for me. I have some charity causes I’m interested in and I want to help subsidize their efforts. But in order to do that, I have to make some money, so I have set a goal to make $40 billion USD. I know. That’s an exorbitant amount, but I’ve been told to think big when setting my goals. I can’t think of a deadline, though. Not one that won’t seem too unreasonable. (Maybe by Dec. 31, 2020?) So. . . Maybe I’ll reach a much smaller amount, but hey. Never know, huh? (I’m playing the Lottery and PCH, but. . . well. . . . you all know how Lady Luck goes)
I have to go this route because I’m just an average lady with nothing in particular going wrong with my health, physical or mental (Although I wonder sometimes about mental) and I don’t have anything spectacular going on my life to wow anyone with. So I can’t appeal to anyone with those methods. All I can do is offer what I can do and hope for the best. I do have a great imagination, though, as attested to by the exorbitant monetary goal I have set. But really. I have actually read that it is best to dream big, as big as I can, and maybe I’ll reach some of it. Who knows?
To reach that goal, though, I need to provide the best products I can, and I have done my best to do that. I hope I’ve written stories that you like, and made other products, also. I did my best to find out what romance readers and t-shirt wearers want and hope I succeeded. Writing stories is my passion, so I have quite a few listed here to offer you. Also my T-shirt designs and artwork, with more to come. I’m going all out with this, to see if I can get to accomplish some of my goal at least. So please take a look and see what you think. Some are listed on my home page here, with links to find the rest of them.
And if you would please, if you buy one of my books, leave a review over on Amazon for it. No matter if it’s good or bad. I won’t mind, really, because I need that to find out how I’m doing. If I’m not writing stories well enough, or ones that you prefer, let me know so I can correct that. It’s the only way I can better myself. Thanks.
Here is a list of the organizations I want to support. The list is long, I know, and probably more than I will be able to handle in the end, but they are ones I think should be supported. Maybe there’s one or two that you might like to help, too.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) was the first humane society to be established in North America (established by founder Henry Bergh in 1866). Their mission statement is ‘to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.’
Officially, PAWS was established in 1984. It’s mission is: (as stated from their website) PAWS is dedicated to the protection of performing animals, to providing sanctuary to abused, abandoned and retired captive wildlife, to enforcing the best standards of care for all captive wildlife, to the preservation of wild species and their habitat and to promoting public education about captive wildlife issues.
Established in 1997, Pet Partners, formerly known as the Delta Society, is the national leader in demonstrating and promoting the health and wellness benefits of animal-assisted therapy, activities, and education. They are ‘Touching lives and improving health through the power of therapy animals.’ (Quoted from their website)
Founded in 1997, RedRover’s mission is to bring animals out of crisis and strengthen the bond between people and animals through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. (Quoted from their website)
Established more than a century ago, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is determined to save wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. (Quoted from their website)
FOR OUR PLANET
Since 1875, American Forests works with partners like you to build healthy and resilient forests in urban and rural landscapes.
Since 1973, American Rivers has striven to protect wild rivers, restore damaged rivers, and conserve clean water for people and nature.
https://www.beyondpesticides.org/ Since 1981, Beyond Pesticides (formerly National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides) is determined to work with allies in protecting public health and the environment to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides.
In 1989, the Center for Biological Diversity believe the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature, the vast diversity of wild animals and plants. So they are working hard to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. They want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive. (Quoted from their website)
Since 1967, Environmental Defense Fund's (EDF) mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. They find innovative ways to solve the toughest environmental problems. (Quoted from their website)
You all should know what Greenpeace is. They’ve been in the news since 1971. Their mission is to use peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future. (Quoted from their website)
Founded in 1972, the Ocean Conservancy seeks to work together to find solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.
FOR OUR CHILDREN
Caring for children after disasters has been a ministry of the Church of the Brethren since 1979. And quite frankly, that remains their mission statement.
The purpose of the Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN) (based in the UK), is to strengthen the evidence and know-how for effective nutrition interventions in countries prone to crisis and high levels of malnutrition. They’ve been doing this since 1996.
Established in 1981, the Coalition for the Homeless is the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women and children.
For 40 years, the Action Against Hunger group have worked hard to support the fight against hunger and malnutrition, against killer diseases, and to support this for everyone. For good.
In 1974, Bread for the World was founded so they could go speak to their elected officials in Washington, D.C. about ending hunger in the world. They’ve been doing it ever since.
Since that first load in 1983, the Society of St. Andrew Potato and Produce Project has distributed well over 800 million pounds of food to America’s hungry.
Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976. Their mission is to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Children’s Hunger Fund was established in 1991 by president and founder Dave Phillips. Their mission is to deliver hope to suffering children by equipping local churches for gospel-centered mercy ministry. (Quoted from their website)
Oh so needed. Covenant House provides housing and supportive services to youth facing homelessness. They help young people transform their lives and put them on a path to independence. (Quoted from their website)
Children of the Night does the same thing.
Founded in 1947 by the Reverend Charles and Alberta Danner, CEDARS continues their vision today to create a place where children can “experience a real childhood and begin planning for the future.” (Quoted from their website)
Child Find was founded in 1980 by Gloria Yerkovich, a mother of a missing child. Her mission was to help create a world in which every child thrives in a safe, healthy and legal environment. (Quoted from their website)
The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) has been known and respected as a champion for children since 1920. Their mission is to advance policies, best practices and collaborative strategies that result in better outcomes for children, youth and families that are vulnerable. (Quoted from their website)
Big Sisters and Big Brothers merged to become one organization in 1987. But their start was way back in 1904, when a New York City court clerk named Ernest Coulter was seeing more and more young boys come through the courtrooms. The same was being noticed by the Ladies of Charity about young girls. The Ladies and Coulter’s volunteers eventually got together and to have the sole purpose of enriching the lives of children and helping them achieve their full potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships. (Quoted from their website.)
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) had its beginnings in 1860. Their mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. (Quoted from their website)
Junior Achievement (JA) was founded in 1919 by Theodore Vail, president of American Telephone & Telegraph; Horace Moses, president of Strathmore Paper Co.; and Senator Murray Crane of Massachusetts. JA's purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. (Quoted from their website)
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America.
A. B. Graham started a youth program in Clark County, Ohio, in 1902. The 4 H idea is simple: help young people and their families gain the skills needed to be proactive forces in their communities and develop ideas for a more innovative economy. (Quoted from their website)
In 1984, after several tragedies, John and Revé Walsh and other child advocates founded the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children as a private, non-profit organization to serve as the national clearinghouse and to provide a coordinated, national response to problems relating to missing and exploited children. (Quoted from their website)
SADD’s mission is to empower young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them throughout their daily lives. (Quoted from their website)
FOR OUR HEROES
American Veterans was established way back in 1944 to help veterans of World War II obtain the benefits promised them by the federal government. They’ve been helping with that ever since.
Army Emergency Relief (AER) was incorporated as a private nonprofit organization on 5 February 1942 under the laws of the District of Columbia for the purpose of collecting and holding funds to relieve distress of members of the Army and their dependents. Doin’ it ever since. (Quoted from their website)
Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence® is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. (Quoted from their website)
The mission of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (LELDF)is to support and defend the law enforcement profession and those law enforcement officers who have devoted their lives to upholding the Constitution and serving the United States and its citizens while enforcing its laws. They also seek to educate the public about the many risks and threats to law enforcement personnel in order to build a more informed, respectful, and appreciative society. (Quoted from their website)
Founded in 1969, Accuracy in Media is a citizens’ media watchdog whose mission is to promote accuracy, fairness and balance in news reporting. AIM exposes politically motivated media bias; teaches consumers to think critically about their news sources; and holds the mainstream press accountable for its misreporting. (Quoted from their website)
Government Accountability Project was established by the Institute for Policy Studies in 1977 to bring attention to whistleblower issues in the wake of major cover-ups such as Watergate and the Pentagon Papers. (Quoted from their website)
Catalyst is a global nonprofit working with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to build workplaces that work for women. Founded in 1962, Catalyst helps organizations accelerate progress for women at work. (Quoted from their website)
Since 1992, Equality Now is an international network of lawyers, activists and supporters who hold governments responsible for ending legal inequality, sex trafficking, sexual violence & harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation (FGM) & "child marriage". (quoted from their website)
Global Fund for Women was founded in 1987 in Palo Alto, California. They are a global champion for the human rights of women and girls.
Since being founded in 1966, NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life. (Quoted from their website)
(to check on any charity you want to give to, go to one of these websites: this is to make sure the charity is legitimate.)
Give.org or CharityNavigator.org
I have a very long list of charities for children because the abuse of children is a vicious circle. It cycles down through the parents who were themselves abused. That’s how they learned all that. We have to break that vicious, cycling habit. It is imperative that we break it, else we won’t ever gain the beautiful, peaceful world we all dream about. Through helping these organizations, all of them actually, we can have that beautiful dream.
Now. Just so you all know, I intend to keep only 1% of all this for myself. I want to take care of my family next, so none of them will be a financial burden on anyone ever. And the rest will go to taxes and all these charities. That’s it. Just simple. That’s the way I like to have things. Simple.
The causes I take care of now:
I have 3 causes I donate to. One is the Wounded Warriors Program. Another is Shriner's Children's Hospital. These 2 are well known so I won't go into them here. But there is one special cause I'd like to talk about.
There is no organization for people who make a little too much money to qualify for government help, but not enough to pay their bills and feed their families at the same time. Or even to feed themselves if they have no family. I don't know if our government has anything in mind for this, but every city in our nation has this problem.
There is a dilemma in our nation, the USA, that I'm sure everyone has experienced. It is: the cost of living has risen over the last 50 or so years faster than people's wages. Way too many of our people are fighting a losing battle. They can't keep pace with their bills.
Now I'm not talking about luxury bills. I'm talking about regular, necessary bills like utilities, auto payments, insurance and medical, and grocery bills. House payments. Some people's wages are too inadequate to the point where they even lose their homes. I know this from my own experience. I lost my home, too.
My own experience is what put this idea in my head. I tithe, but instead of putting my money into programs that have so much red tape for people to go through, I go directly to the utility companies here in town and ask them to choose a family's bill that's overdue and I pay it. Or if the bill is more than I have to give, I put my donation toward it.
I don't make enough money to pay every needy person's bills, or even all of one person's bills, so I pick one family and only one of their bills. It's not much but it's something.
This is one reason why I put up all my websites here. One reason is, of course, to sell my books and designs, but my second reason is to let everyone know about this dilemma here in our country. Most people know about this problem but some don't. I'm just mentioning it here to let all of you know that a portion of my earnings are going toward this. I will continue to contribute as I have been doing and I thank all of you for helping me do this.