November Charity: Hope in a Box.

I can’t believe it’s already December, and I only have one more charity to support this year — I’m definitely doing something similar in 2023!

I have really enjoyed researching and finding new organizations to support to, although, of course, I wish there wasn’t a need for charities in the first place.

For November, my initial idea was to donate to the food bank. It’s something I’ve done for many years, and not just because of Thanksgiving but because I know so many people don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

But, late in the month, I watched the season premier of “We’re Here” on HBO. If you haven’t watched this show yet, I highly recommend it — it’s in its third season!

The show stars drag queens Shangela, Eureka, and Bob the Drag Queen, and it follows them as they visit towns across the country. Usually, these are conservative towns that are actively not accepting of the LGBTQ community.

The queens pull into town, and each queen mentors someone in the town, and prepares them for a drag show, which is at the end of the episode.

Usually, each mentee is doing the performance for a specific reason. For example, maybe it’s a parent that has an LGBTQ child and they want to show their support for them. In many episodes, it’s someone who’s in the LGBTQ community, and they want to gain confidence in their community.

The show is so fantastic and fun, but of course, very eye-opening. In the season premier episode, one of the mentees was a high school student in Granbury, Texas.

Granbury, Texas was at the center of the debate about having LGBTQ books in school libraries. The student in the show was on a mission to create safe spaces for other LGBTQ students, including buying new copies of LGBTQ books and putting them back in classrooms.

Seeing this, and seeing the reality of what it’s like to not see yourself on a book cover or inside its pages, brought me to tears.

Of course, I’ve seen the headlines about this, and I joined many others buying and reading books from Black authors and featuring Black characters over the years.

I’ve heard minorities say how it feels, but seeing it just made me feel so much for anyone who can’t find something to relate to in a book.

So, I searched for an organization that could help schools like the one in Granbury.

From the Hope in a Box website 🙂

And I found Hope in a Box, which equips educators with LGBTQ-inclusive books, curriculum, mentorship, and training. Their ultimate goal is to use literature to make sure every LGBTQ student feels welcome, safe, and included in school.

I was so happy to find this organization! When I watched “We’re Here,” I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to find a place that’s helping the very cause I was feeling for.

Hope in a Box is doing just that, and there are hundreds of schools on their waitlist, asking for help to support their LGBTQ students.

I happily made my small donation, and I’m just relieved I found this charity!

I haven’t thought yet about the charity I’ll donate for December — we’ll see what the month brings 🙂

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