I just got in from doing an event my job does every year for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The event is to raise money to send the kids to camp for a week, which cost $500 and businesses and their owners/employees come in to participate. I bartend at the events during dinner, which hands down is the best part, because during this time, the kids speak about camp and what it means to and has done for them. They also show off their artwork, which gets auctioned and sold to the highest bidder.
The goal every year is to send 50 kids to the camp and this year they sent 52. In fact, a woman wrote a check for $2500.
Growing up, we relied on a lot of help from charity, whether it was a food bank or a church giving away free things, so I have a huge soft spot for people that do this, even if it is a tax write off. When I was 13 and needed corrective back surgery, Shriners paid for everything. The surgery itself was $250,000, plus the year's worth of testing that was in St. Louis (about four hours away from my hometown) and they covered driving expensives, hotel and set my mom up in the Ronald McDonald house while I was in recovery. The men even came to see me when I got out of surgery (though I was pretty drugged up so I don't remember too much.)
Anyhow, I don't really have a point except that I wish I had an extra $500 to sponsor one of the kids because talking to them is one of the most humbling experiences ever.