We've selected the twelve winners of the 12 Days of Giving Contest. Now it's time for you to select the Grand Prize Winner from the top five essay entries!
Using the poll below, PLEASE VOTE for the charity you think deserves to win, and Fashion Club will donate $100 to the charity with the most votes! Voting ends December 22, 2014.
1. Ashley's Dream, Submitted by Brittany Liscoe from Middletown, NJ
"With $100 at my disposal, I would make a donation to an organization called Ashley’s Dream, a charity that raises awareness concerning the dangers of drinking and driving. I selected Ashley’s Dream because the issue of drunk driving is one that is close to my heart. At the age of eight, I became a victim of drunk driving when the vehicle I was a passenger in was struck by an intoxicated driver. Fortunately I emerged from the accident with only minor injuries; I know, however, that many are not as lucky. I learned at a young age that although I may be doing nothing wrong, I can still suffer from the mistakes of others such as those who choose to drink and drive. Ashley’s Dream is making the effort to ensure that others do not learn this lesson the way I did, and for that reason, the charity deserves a donation."
2. Girls Inc., Submitted by Sara Ayobi from Elk Grove, CA
"Growing up, I was never motivated by anyone to set any dreams, let alone accomplish any. Sure, I had a few random adults who would give me the typical reach-for-the-sky speech here and there, but I never really felt encouraged to go out and make those dreams a reality. As a young girl, I never had any examples of women in my life to show me that it was even possible to do so. Girls Inc. is a non-profit organization that gives girls the role models they need through many projects, including Operation SMART. This is a great example of how they use their resources to expose girls to an environment that many women are held back from. If I could donate to any organization, I would donate to Girls Inc. and support them in their efforts to inspire our girls in the change they can create."
3. Hartford Interval House, Submitted by Danielle Smith from Manchester, CT
"A charity that is very important to me that I would donate $100 to is the Hartford Interval House. The Hartford Interval House is a group of battered women's shelters located in Hartford, CT and Manchester, CT that has worked tirelessly since 1977 to provide as much help and safety as they possibly can to women and children who are trapped in violent households and have nowhere else to go. I am very passionate about gender equality and women empowerment, so this charity is very important to me. Their exact locations remains private and they offer counseling and support for legal situations. These are prime examples of how the Hartford Interval House goes above and beyond to ensure the safety of women and children."
4. Make-A-Wish Foundation, Submitted by Ashley Consolo from Glendale, AZ
"If I were given $100 to donate to a charity of my choice, I would donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is the world’s greatest wish-granting association. This amazing charity grants wishes to children suffering from life threatening medical conditions. This organization was established in 1980 and had granted over 165,000 wishes, which is incredible. Can you imagine growing up with a serious illness, trapped in a hospital, and wondering what it is like to go on amazing adventures? I sure can’t. I think it’s so wonderful how this foundation gives sick children the opportunity to visit Disneyland, spend the day as a fire fighter, or do whatever they desire. I feel this organization is such an outstanding charity and if I were given $100, I would want to give ill children their greatest wishes."
5. Ronald McDonald House Charities, Submitted by Ireland McCartin Monterey, CA
"Being a child who grew up around a mother who had stage four Hodgkin's disease, and a Nana (who basically raised me) who had MS, I know how horrific illness can be and how taxing it can be on a family. Although it took hold of the majority of my life, if I had not grown up in these circumstances, I would not have learned so many valuable life lessons. I learned what it means to truly be selfless, and what it means to carry someone and care for someone with everything you have, whether that be literally or metaphorically. This being said, I would like to donate to the Ronald McDonald foundation. This only seems appropriate, seeing as I spent a frequent amount of time at the Ronald McDonald House as a child. I have many fond memories of their kindness and selflessness toward myself and, of course, my mother. So their foundation only makes sense to me."