Use Your Gift of Giving to Son of a Saint and Other Black Businesses on Give8/28
Aug 25 2021

Use Your Gift of Giving to Son of a Saint and Other Black Businesses on Give8/28

By: Re'gine Smith

Have you ever thought about the benefits of giving? Don't you feel happy when you donate to charity or give things away that you no longer need? Hopefully, you're not just happy to have less clutter, but you're actually happy that those items could still be of good use to another person. Giving back to others may even help improve your social life and get you involved in your community more. One of the biggest things you could get out of giving is a sense of gratitude. The more you give, you are more than likely to be more grateful for what you have.

With those benefits in mind, consider giving to Son of a Saint for Give8/28. The nonprofit organization based in New Orleans "exists to transform the lives of fatherless boys through mentorship, emotional support, development of life skills, exposure to constructive experiences and formation of positive, lasting peer-to-peer relationships."

While you're at it, remind yourself to give other organizations on a very special day of August 28. Young, Black, & Giving Back founder Ebonie Johnson Cooper began Give8/28 in 2018. She wanted to have "a giving day dedicated to grassroots, Black nonprofits." Through Give 8/28, you can donate to Son of a Saint by making a one-time donation of $25, $50, $100, or $250.

Son of a Saint founder Bivian "Sonny" Lee III lost his father, who was a former New Orleans Saints player, at the age of 3. Fortunately for him, his mother had been present. She was supportive of Bivian and took education and community service seriously. There is no doubt that Bivian felt inspired by his mother's efforts. Like many of us, Bivian dealt with insecurities and other types of hardships. Most people would internalize those things and have an even harder time dealing with their emotions because they're unsure what to do. But Bivian used those feelings for his advantage (not selfishly, of course). He stepped up and decided to help other fatherless boys like himself. His program provides behavioral health, recreational access, mentorship, college and career readiness, and tutoring.

To learn about other significant organizations to give back to on August 28, visit Give828.org. Visit SonofaSaint.org for more insight on the program.

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