#GivingTuesday and The Health Wagon

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We had a day for giving thanks. We had two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Today, Tuesday, December 2, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s simple: find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity. Share on social media how you gave and use the hashtag #Giving Tuesday.

This year, I am supporting The Health Wagon for #GivingTuesday. Earlier this year I saw a piece on 60 Minutes regarding The Health Wagon and have been a supporter ever since. I donate a portion of my revenue from the blog to The Health Wagon and for those who visit Wardrobe Oxygen’s actual site will know I donated ad space to promote the organization.

Nearly one million Virginia residents lack health insurance. Those who work full time at minimum wage make too much to be eligible for Medicaid, but not enough to afford healthcare even via the ACA. On top of that, many parts of Southwest Virginia have little medical access or health resources. The Health Wagon is a nonprofit organization providing mobile health services in Southwest Virginia since 1980. Every dollar donated to The Health Wagon is approximately $100 reaped in health care benefits. In 2013, the Health Wagon assisted more than 11,000 patients obtain access to care valued at over $1 million.

The Health Wagon strives to meet the unique challenges of health care delivery to the medically under-served and indigent in poverty-stricken areas of rural Appalachia. Through the use of this innovative mobile health unit, health care doors are opened to many needy individuals, families, and communities; doors that would have otherwise remained closed. The Health Wagon visits eleven sites in Southwest Virginia’s Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, and Wise counties on a weekly, biweekly, and monthly basis. Accessibility to culturally sensitive primary health care services that emphasize education and prevention is considered the key to improving the health status for populations residing in these rural areas. Services are rendered essentially free of charge; however, donations are encouraged and accepted.

Please consider participating in #GIVINGTUESDAY and donating to The Health Wagon by clicking here or texting WAGON10 to 41444 to donate $10.00, WAGON20 to 41444 to donate $20.00 or WAGON (enter amount) to 41444 to donate any amount.  To donate online visit this link to go to The Health Wagon’s donation page via Network for Good.

I'd love to hear how you are participating in #GivingTuesday, do share your stories in the comments below!

9 Comments

  1. December 5, 2014 / 2:56 am

    Thanks for sharing this!

  2. crtfly
    December 3, 2014 / 12:05 pm

    Allie,

    I work indirectly with Homeless people. Not only do they not have enough food or medical care, often they do not have a roof for the night. Our local food bank makes a little money go a long way. I suggest donating and/or volunteering at your local food banks. They have direct contact with people in your own community. You might be surprised how many Homeless and hungry people there are even in apparently affluent neighborhoods.

    We have many local small farmers, many of whom grow high quality, organic produce. Several of them donate part of their crops to local food banks. Some even grow x % extra produce with the express purpose of donating to food banks.

    Of course organizations like the one in the video need donations and helping them helps many people. I do also suggest, however, that you help your local organizations. We’re talking about helping people who may be your neighbors!

    Thank you!

    Chris

    • December 3, 2014 / 12:10 pm

      Thanks for this Chris! I FULLY agree with this, and our Daisy troop will be partnering with a local food bank so we can teach the girls early how important it is to help those in your community, and how your neighbors may be the ones who need the assistance. That goes with the post I shared on the 1st about the #ShareAMeal program, it is so important and makes such a difference! <3

  3. Lee4
    December 3, 2014 / 8:16 am

    What a wonderful organization! Thanks for sharing it with us. I live in Arkansas so had not heard of this before. I wish more people would realize how vital access to quality & affordable health care is for all!

  4. December 2, 2014 / 7:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. We have so much!

  5. Lindsay
    December 2, 2014 / 1:35 pm

    What a wonderful organization! I will have to check out their page and make a donation. Thanks for sharing!

  6. DB
    December 2, 2014 / 11:08 am

    Thanks for drawing my attention to both Giving Tuesday and the Health Wagon. Donation made!

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