Did you know that being transgender can be a huge financial strain? There are hormone therapies, surgeries, and personal care expenses that the average cisgender person doesn’t incur. One of those that you probably haven’t thought about is chest-binding devices. Well, Point of Pride has! Your DGB for today is to read and donate below to help out a trans person.
You know what makes a great passive-aggressive holiday gift for your conservative relatives? A donation in their name to an irrefutably tree-huggy environmental cause!
Your DGB for today is to donate to Rainforest Trust, which is celebrating 30 years of conservation work. Bonus points if you donate in the name of a Climate Change denier.
Your DGB for today is to send a couple of dollars to the UNFPA
With the holidays, the recent elections and the ongoing chaos of the Trump administration it’s easy to overlook the goings-on outside the U.S. border (and we didn’t even mention the border situation). DGB-ers, the situation in Yemen is dire. After years of civil war, sanctions from Saudi Arabia and an unstable government the country is on the very brink of famine. You can read more about it here:
A safe birth kit assembled by the UNFPA can provide sterile supplies to local midwives and volunteers for only $5. These kits can and do save the lives of delivering mothers. Make your donation here:
Grab your PayPal or debit card information and help a mother give birth safely.
Your DGB for this weekend is to check out the recently-launched official Black Lives Matter product store.
Although BLM merchandise has existed for years, none were officially-licensed or directly benefited the movement. Shop here:
And don’t forget to attend a local event as well.
On the 36th birthday of one of DGB’s co-founders, we explore the charities endorsed by the inimitable Gillian Anderson.
Your DGB for today is to donate to one of the organizations featured on her website here:
You can also purchase her most recent project- a t-shirt designed for Women for Women International UK- here:
Your DGB for today is to support MusicLink and help a kid get music lessons. Musical education is extremely beneficial for humans of any age but especially for the developing minds of children. The cost of lessons and instruments can price out families that don’t have the extra money to spend. You can help by offering your skills, time, an instrument you don’t use or a couple of dollars.
MusicLink connects kids to music instructors that are willing to donate or discount their skills and time. If you can support them that way go here:
Do you have a playable instrument laying around collecting dust? Find out how to help that way here:
And of course, cash is always the right size, always the right color:
No parent should miss out on the opportunity to hear songs they once liked played poorly over and over and over until they beg for mercy. Grab that old tuba from your glory days and send it to a kid in need.
You probably saw the story about the American missionary killed on a remote Indian island last week. John Allen Chau illegally visited North Sentinel Island in an attempt to introduce Christianity to the Sentinelese people, who have called the remote Andaman island home for somewhere in the range of 80,000 years and have made it pretty clear they want to be left alone.
Your DGB for today is to donate to Survival International, which helps preserve uncontacted tribes all over the world. Read their profile on the Sentinelese here:
Your DGB for today is to donate to Life After Hate.
See our previous Grab on this organization working to rehabilitate far-right extremists here.
In spring of last year, the Trump administration rescinded funding on a $400,000 Obama-era grant meant to help the organization run. And we know it’s not about the money because that’s pocket change to these people. Life After Hate is still going strong on donations alone, but this charity is one we need to keep around. If you can’t donate directly at this time, you can select them as your Amazon Smile charity and continuously give while you shop for the holidays and stock up on TP.
Your DGB for today is to donate to a progressive candidate before the trick-or-treating begins.
Missouri’s Claire McCaskill is currently trailing her challenger.
In Montana, Trump is still pissed at Jon Tester for taking down Ronny Jackson and is going hard for his opponent. Tester is still up slightly, but can’t afford to slip.
Countdown to Midterm Elections: 6 Days
Your DGB for today is to support the ideals held by the Tree of Life Synagogue.
We won’t rehash the disgusting turn our country took this past weekend, but we will tell you to honor those who lost their lives by building up the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, which has worked tirelessly around the world to help refugees rebuild their lives for over 130 years.
Quick donation link here:
Countdown to Midterm Elections: 8 Days
Your DGB for today is to give democratic senate candidates in four crucial states a last minute push.
Feel free to look back at our Flip A Senate Seat series on these candidates or donate below.
Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona (Coward Jeff Flake’s seat)
Jacky Rosen of Nevada (Dean Heller’s seat)
Taylor Swift-endorsed Phil Bredesen of Tennessee (Bob Corker’s seat)
Beto O’Rourke of Texas (Zodiac Killer’s seat)
Countdown to Midterm Elections: 27 Days
Happy Monday, there are still hundreds of immigrant children living in tent cities after being separated from their parents this past summer. Your DGB for today is to help KIND to advocate for these traumatized little ones.
Kids In Need of Defense has been helping migrant children in many ways over the past decade, but one of their core missions has become crucially necessary in recent months. Founded by Microsoft and Angelina Jolie, KIND’s network of legal experts make sure each unaccompanied child has excellent representation in court. Their educational resources are extensive, which you can find here:
If that’s too overwhelming (it’s been a tough weekend, we know) you can simply donate here:
Countdown to Midterm Elections: 29 Days
Your DGB for this Throwback Thursday is to check out this previous Grab, because hey, here we are again. The GOP is going to try and ram another sexual predator down our throats, and this time the fellow is going to have his job - deciding the issues for all Americans - for the rest of his damned life. Isn’t that swell? If you think we sound a little angry, you’d be a lot right. The GOP appears to be deaf to the cries from the #MeToo movement, blind to the lessons of the Anita Hill testimony, and insensitive to the experiences of millions of survivors. It’s enough to make a girl want to scream or maybe rage-binge an entire sheet cake.
Instead of posting a pic under the hashtag #MeAt14, this time we’d just like you to donate to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. And if you need to, avail yourself of their resources. Help is available 24/7 at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
Your DGB for today is to donate a few bucks to help Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, pay for private security. That’s right - Kavanaugh’s wife is passing out cupcakes to the press camped outside their home, while Dr. Ford and her family have had to go into hiding and hire bodyguards due to doxxing and death threats. Gee, we can’t imagine why more women don’t come forward. We make it so gosh-darned appealing to do so!
Anyway, private security is expensive and we don’t think Ford should have to pay a penny of it herself. So funnel your white-hot rage about how far we haven’t come since the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings into action and donate. If the patriarchy won’t protect her, we’ll just have to do it ourselves. As usual.
Do you have a couple of gently-used bras that haven’t put in any flying time lately? Maybe that band never felt quite right. Perhaps Righty stayed put just fine but Lefty always had some spillover issues. The folks over at ThirdLove have got some suggestions for what to do with those brassieres that are collecting dust instead of crumbs. Your DGB for today is to find a way to put them to use. Way too many bras end up in a landfill every year because we just don’t think to donate or recycle them when we clean out our closets.
First go here to the ThirdLove blog post: https://www.thirdlove.com/blogs/unhooked/where-to-donate-your-old-bras
Next, follow their directions on who, what, and where to donate your stuff (some of these places take lingerie and swimsuits, too!) Finally, find a bra and send it off.
Grab back some breast support for someone in need.
Is your formerly favorite pair of denims more run away than runway? Has your Canadian tuxedo been hanging in the closet longer than it hung on your body? Has the tattered look ventured too far into rag territory to be socially acceptable for public wear? Your DGB for today is to find a pair of jeans to recycle with the Blue Jeans Go Green Program.
You can find out more about the initiative here: https://bluejeansgogreen.org/about-us/
And donate here: https://bluejeansgogreen.org/recycle-denim/
Click the Mailing Guideline link on that page to find out how to mail them in and even print out a mailing label.
If the thought of turning your old Calvin Kleins into insulation gets you super motivated, Blue Jeans Go Green will also help you put together a denim drive. Scroll down that same page and click on the Get Details link for information.
Grab back some denim out of the dump.
Summer is drawing to a close but before you bust out your puffy vests and PSLs, pitch in and help make this time of year a little less stressful for parents of school kids. As state and local budgets are cut to the bone, schools are tasked with keeping the buildings safe, the lights on and the teachers paid with less and less money. And as these budgets shrink, school supply lists grow, placing the burden of filling the gap on parents and teachers. These supplies are relatively inexpensive but when money is tight, you have multiple children, and your school has asked for extras like toilet paper and cleaning fluid, it quickly adds up.
Your DGB for today is to donate some pencils, paper, highlighters or something to a school supply drive. There are a few ways you can do this:
Find a drive near you. This time of year there are probably several. Just plug in “where can I donate school supplies” and the magic of Google will suggest a local donation spot.
Drop some off at your local school. If you go this route may we suggest you focus on things like cleaning wipes, paper towels, copier paper...stuff that will help keep the building and administration going. These items are often overlooked by local drives and charities.
The Kids in Need Foundation collects both cash and bulk products to distribute to schools in need across the country. Their donation page is here: https://www.kinf.org/donate/
Your DGB for today is to support Oregon State Representative Janelle Bynum.
While out in her district as part of her reelection campaign, Rep. Bynum was rolled up on by a Sheriff’s Deputy. Come to find out that one of her constituents had called the police to report that Bynum was going door to door and typing on her phone a lot between houses. This is what’s known in most human circles as “canvassing” and isn’t usually suspicious. Unless of course you’re #CampaigningWhileBlack. We can unfortunately now add Walking While State Representative to the very long list of things you can’t do if you’re Black, which also includes activities such as mowing grass and performing voluntary community service, among many, MANY others.
Reject this kind of casual, prevalent racism by donating to Bynum’s campaign here:
Your DGB for today is to help end the backlog of untested rape kits in the US.
There are hundreds of thousand of rape kits, sitting in evidence rooms across the country, just waiting to be tested. And why haven’t they been? Money. Apparently catching rapists just isn’t worth the cost, but there’s something you personally can do.
We did a grab exactly one year ago about ending the backlog, https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2017/6/12/enough?rq=End%20the%20backlog, and we are happy to announce that Texas did pass the bill to allow crowdfunding of testing for rape kits. In its first month, an initiative that allowed you to donate $1.00 or more fund the processing of rape kits when you applied for your Texas Drivers License, earned $25,000 towards its cause. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2018/01/25/texas-drivers-donated-25k-month-alone-help-clear-rape-kit-testing-backlog Imagine if other states followed suit.
Here’s what you can do to make that happen, you can check out http://www.endthebacklog.org and find out what’s happening in your state. They have sections for you to contact your representative, get involved and to donate.
Ending this backlog will catch criminals. It will bring closure to hundreds of thousands of women. And, most importantly, it lets victims and potential victims know that this crime does matter, that what happened to them is wrong, and that we’re going to do everything in our power to catch and stop who did this. Ending rape culture can start with one simple little step of showing that we will find and catch rapists, and punish them to the fullest extent of the law.
In the words of our hero, Olivia Benson, “Healing begins when someone bears witness. I saw you. I believe you.”
Your DGB for today is to use your old i-gadget to enhance the life of someone suffering with dementia.
Do you have an old-but-still-works iPod, iPad or iPhone laying around unused since you last updated? It still works so you just hate to recycle it, but you are trying to cut the clutter? Consider donating it to the organization Music and Memory. They collect Apple music players and give them to nursing homes. Th
ere is real and amazing science behind what listening to music from their past can do for a person who has lost their memories. Read more here: https://musicandmemory.org/music-brain-resources/current-research/
The donation page is here and you will even get a free shipping label for your device: https://musicandmemory.org/donate-my-ipod/
Grab that old Apple and give someone back their past.