Show Us Your Goodness: Could Your Favorite Charity be the One Awarded the $20K?

Since starting BeFreeForMe just a little more than a year ago, I have been amazed by the outpouring of warmth, sharing and compassion of the BeFreeForMe members. There have been members who have been diagnosed with celiac disease for over 15 years that have contacted me to offer their mentoring and support to the newly diagnosed. I’ve been contacted by a grandmother that has children, and grandchildren, with numerous food allergies, as well as years and years’ worth of tried-and-true recipes that she offered to share with a young, scared Mom whose toddler had been recently diagnosed with numerous food allergies. I’ve had teachers contact me asking where they could find the best resources to educate themselves about food allergies and celiac disease, since they had children in their classroom with these diagnoses and they wanted to educate themselves in order to make these children feel as welcomed and involved as possible.

One of the things I hear over and over from people that have food allergies and celiac disease is their amazement over the sense of community and goodness that has come from others that share in the same diagnosis.

I am amazed myself.

This positive energy from the celiac & food allergy community, often through the support groups, has provided me with a positive and more manageable diagnosis, and I will always be grateful.

That is why I want to share with all of the BeFreeForMe members, Show Us Your Goodness, a program sponsored by riceworks® brown rice crisps that will donate $20,000 to an inspiring nonprofit organization or charitable cause.

During this holiday season, I encourage all of you to check out the Show Us Your Goodness website and nominate one of your favorite nonprofit organizations or charitable causes. Your charity can be local or national. Grassroots or established. Recognized or not.

Also, once the three finalists are picked, I encourage you to vote for one of the nominated groups (the voting between the three finalists will take place between March 16th to April 30th . I will also blog about the three finalists once they are picked!).

If you nominate your favorite charity, or you support one of the previously nominated groups, make sure you comment on this blog post and tell us what charitable group you support. Six (Yes…6!) BeFreeForMe members that post a comment will win a FREE CASE of riceworks® brown rice crisps!  The winners will be picked on February 16th, 2010.

Some of the charitable non-profit groups which I have volunteered for and supported are listed at the bottom of this email. All of these charities have in some way helped my health and touched my soul.  I look forward to hearing about your favorite charities too!

Happy Holiday… Be Charitable… Enjoy the Spirit of the Season… and, as always…

Be Free!
Some of My Favorite Charities:

* Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center
* Food Allergy Initiative
* National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
* Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
* Canadian Celiac Association
* Celiac Disease Foundation
* Celiac Sprue Association
* Healthy Villi
* Project Just Because

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15 Responses to “Show Us Your Goodness: Could Your Favorite Charity be the One Awarded the $20K?”

  1. Kathleen Reale Says:

    Hi – Due to some “technical difficulties” I had to repost this blog, and lost a few comments that were previously posted.
    There were 4 people that posted groups that they supported. They are as follows:

  2. Kathleen Reale Says:

    Jennifer Croley wrote:

    I just nominated The Little Light House. It is an amazing school for special needs kids. You can learn more about it at

  3. Kathleen Reale Says:

    Nicole wrote:

    Vote for Make a Wish. It is a great organization that helps children with life-threating illnesses and their families by granting wishes.

  4. Kathleen Reale Says:

    Casey wrote:

    What a great promotion!

  5. Kathleen Reale Says:

    Marie wrote:

    Full Circle Adoptions is a grass roots organization that has helped us become a family twelve years ago! Their staff are loving and very supportive to all families. Yes this is a great promotion!

  6. Shelly! Says:

    Thanks Kathleen! What a great opportunity. I’m going to nominate People Helping People. It’s a non-profit based in SLC that helps low-income women and single mothers make the transition from poverty or low-income living to success by building job skills and employment resources. Incredibly powerful organization!

  7. Susan C - AZ Says:

    I would donate the money to 2 different children’s charities here in my local community; I like to support the Child Crisis Center in Mesa, AZ and the Crisis Nursery in Phoenix, AZ. They are shelters for abused and neglected children. I always donate food, formula and juice.

  8. Catherine H Says:

    I’m nominating The New American Castle Museum,
    They have a new program providing organic produce baskets – grown by the Museum – to the elderly in the community. It’s the only group of its kind in this very rural community, and they need help building a greenhouse so they can grow organic fruits and vegetables during the harsh New England winter!

  9. Kate Says:

    Despite having Celiac and enjoying all things Gluten Free, I must nominate the organization Bread for the World (and no, they don’t mean Gluten Free bread!). This Christian organization does much to raise awareness about world hunger (both domestic and abroad) and focuses many of its efforts on our nation’s decision makers. From lobbying for policy changes, to building “end hunger” programs, to delivering food to some of the hungriest across the world, Bread for the World has made many advancements in nourishing those who need it the most.

  10. Faith Spivey Says:

    I vote for The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. They have great information and very supportive of those of us with Celiac Disease. When I was first diagnosed they sent me a gift basket FILLED with main stream and non-main stream gluten free foods as well as a cook book and booklet with great information. When my father was diagnosed the following year he received a great gift basket too! Great group of people there!

  11. Amy Says:

    Gluten Intolerance Group of North American!!

  12. Christine Says:

    I would like to nominate an organization very near and dear to my heart, Cure Autism Now.

  13. Jennifer Bussey Says:

    I would like to nominate Kids With Food Allergies. They have been an invaluable resource for my family since I found out my son and I have autism and dietary interventions have made such a big impact for us. The support and info from this group has really helped my family and many others with children who have multiple food allergies.

  14. Terrie Swanson Says:

    Thanks for this giveaway. I am the Facilitator for the Western North Carolina Celiac Support Group and we are through the Celiac Disease Foundation. They have helped us so much and gives great guidance to those needing to eat gluten free. Because of this Foundation, I have my life back and it’s better than ever. That is why I choose to nominate the Celiac Disease Foundation.

  15. Dawn Says:

    American Heart Assoc.
    Heart disease is the number one killer of women GLOBALLY. What other health organization has a better opportunity to make a positive impact around the world to improve the health and longevity of women?

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