Giving Back This Holiday Season

As Thanksgiving marks the unofficial start of the holiday season, many of us will likely be rushing from store to store to pick out the perfect presents for our loved ones. But the holiday can also be a way to give thanks for what we have by giving back to those we may never have met. Right near your Royal Athena apartment are loads of opportunities to donate your time, skills or even just money to help brighten the holidays for fellow Bala Cynwyd residents in need.

One organization worthy of your attention is the Calliope Joy Foundation. Located just 1.5 miles from your Royal Athena apartment, the organization is focused on raising funds for and awareness of research into leukodystrophy, a condition affecting brain development. The organization was conceived of by the brother of a young girl with the disease, who suggested selling cupcakes to raise money for a cure. Since that first idea, the organization has sold 45,000 cupcakes and raised over $775,000 for the cause. Funds have supported travel grants for patients and families, provided care packages for those affected by the disease, fueled research and screening, and even established the nation’s first Leukodystrophy Center of Excellence at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

So, how can you help them continue this work? It’s easy! One of the best ways it to host a bake sale at your work or other setting to raise money for the group—though it seems like a small way to help, cupcakes have clearly been at the heart of this organization’s work! Volunteers are also encouraged to join Team Cupcake—a group of walkers and runners who participate in fundraising 5Ks, marathons and more (the next one is scheduled for Nov. 30 in Massachusetts). The organization also hosts events throughout the year, such as a gala, community fairs and more, so turning out is a great (and simple!) way to support the cause.

If you’re looking for a way to show your thanks for all that you have this Thanksgiving, consider paying it forward by giving your time to an organization that is always extending a helping hand to those most in need.

Calliope Joy Foundation

420 Conshohocken State Road

Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004