It’s hard to believe that it’s already November and the year is coming to an end. But before we start digging into the turkey and decorating for the holidays, it is important to remember why November is such an important month. As the holidays approach, it always feels good to give back and support causes that surround our lives every day. Here are the top 5 causes / organizations you can support during the month of November and all year round if you feel like it.
November Causes – No Shave November
In case you didn’t know, No Shave November is more than just not shaving and seeing who has the wackiest beard at the end of the month. It is a month-long journey where people do not shave to spark conversation and raise cancer awareness. No Shave November is about embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose due to chemotherapy and letting it grow wild and free. Then participants are supposed to donate the money they would spend on shaving and grooming to the organization for cancer research.
November Causes – Diabetes Awareness Month
November 14th is National Diabetes Day, but the disease is made aware of throughout the month. Diabetes affects millions of people around the world daily. You can get involved by bringing attention to the disease on social media or attend a World Diabetes Day event. Also, remind your loved ones who live with diabetes about the hero that lives inside of them. Make an invisible disease visible by supporting Beyond Type 1, founded by Nick Jonas, a Type 1 Diabetic.
November Causes – Veterans Day
On November 11th, we celebrate Veterans Day. It is so much more than just a day off for some. Veterans Day is a time to remember those who served our country and thank them. We all know someone who has served or is currently serving in the military, so we should help in any way we can. This holiday season you could Adopt a Military Family, a program sponsored by Soldiers’ Angels that allows civilians and companies to sponsor a family for the holiday season. The sponsor provides a gift for children under 18 in the family and a gift card for groceries to help with the holiday meal. Or you can simply visit with a veteran and listen to them or help out. Sometimes they just need someone to talk to.
Small Business Saturday
Everyone gets so excited for Black Friday. They trample people to get the item they want on sale, the day after giving thanks for what they have. If you want a much simpler option and love supporting local businesses, consider shopping on Small Business Saturday. This year, on November 30th, go to your local mom and pop shop or buy something from your friends’ company on Facebook and remember to keep small businesses employed.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
The transgender community gets unnecessary hate and abuse for challenging the views, notions, and stereotypes around “male” and “female” identity, and it is unfair. So this November 20th, honor, commemorate, and memorialize those who face discrimination every day. You can show your love, support, and hope by attending candlelight vigils, join marches, walks, or marathons that donates money to the transgender cause, and just be supportive. Love your neighbor, no matter how they identify.
These are only a few of the causes / national days you can support and remember this November. There are a lot more including Pancreatic Cancer Awareness, Alzheimer’s Awareness, and National Adoption Month.
Even if you cannot donate money to the causes above, show support by spreading awareness, helping out, and remembering all those affected by these causes.