Next week while attending Blogger Bash in New York, I’ll have the opportunity to learn about the upcoming Peanuts movie during one of the event’s luncheons. I’m sure you can relate when I say that Charlie Brown, his amazing pet dog, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang provide a basis for many fabulous memories from my childhood. I remember the excitement as each Sunday newspaper showed up, reading the daily comics, catching one of the TV specials and even purchasing a book or two featuring many of the comic strips. The upcoming release of the Peanuts movie has me excited to see what the gang is up to these days while simultaneously nostalgic about my childhood.
As I was pondering which subject to feature next in our Philanthropic Friday series, I decided to put together a list of charities I think of based on the personalities or common story-lines and characteristics of the individual Peanuts characters.
Charlie Brown – Some people may look at Charlie Brown and think of his classic zigzag shirt. Others may immediately relate to his social awkwardness. For me, the first thing that comes to mind is his inability to kick a football. During a recent trip to a playground build with Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, I had the opportunity to see Good Sports in action. What an amazing organization providing sporting goods to kids in need.
Snoopy – I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the obvious. Snoopy is a dog. A pretty spectacular, talented dog, but a dog nonetheless. He has a good home and is treated well. He can also take care of himself. Not all dogs can. If your heart breaks at the thought of animals struggling to find a home or take care of themselves, support your local humane society or donate to the ASPCA.
Woodstock – That little bird is just adorable. Now that we own a parakeet, I have more appreciation for small birds and enjoy listening to them sing. What better representation of a charity than ones designed to rescue birds? Check out International Bird Rescue or find a bird that needs a new home!
Lucy – If she isn’t yanking a football from Charlie Brown, she’s sitting behind a stand offering pysciatric help. A charity relating to mental health is exactly what comes to mind when I think of Lucy. I’m not familiar with these charities, but they were recommended by Time after Robin Williams’ suicide. If aiding in mental health issues is your charity of choice, consider American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Brain & Behavior Research Center, Treatment Advocacy Center or Trevor Project.
Linus – He isn’t a baby nor does he have issues, but that signature security blanket he carries speaks volumes about Linus. With that in mind, I think of programs like March of Dimes and Ronald McDonald House Charities helping children who were born too soon or are having medical issues.
Shroeder – As a kid I never appreciated Shroeder as much as I do now. I wasn’t musical. I couldn’t even play chopstix. But my girls are musically inclined and participate in the local symphony as well as school orchestra, band and choral programs. If music inspires you, support your local symphony.
Pigpen – Admit it. You can’t get past the fact that he’s dusty. Even after a bath, dirt magically appears around him. That’s why they call him Pigpen. What better organization to think of than one that allows individuals to donate pigs (and other animals). If Pigpen is your favorite character, consider a donation through World Vision.
Peppermint Patty – Some may say she is bossy, but others see it as born leadership. This reminds me of Vivienne Harr from Make a Stand. I heard her speak at Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and her belief that it only takes one person to change the world. After seeing photos of young boys with heavy stones strapped to their bodies. While slavery may have been outlawed here in the states, child labor was an issue in Nepal and that wasn’t okay with Vivienne. She committed to raising money to help liberate these children. Her attitude is filled with leadership. During her presentation she asked the simple question, “Is what you are doing uniting or dividing?” If you want to learn how one person can make a difference, learn about Made a Stand.
Marcie – Maybe it’s wrong, but when I think of Marcie, I think of how intelligent she is… then I think of her glasses. The very first charitable organization I think of is Lion’s Club and their drive to help children with vision problems. While they help with many other worthy causes, their vision programs are something easy for people to assist with. Once you no longer have a need for a pair of glasses, find a local Lion’s Club donation box.
Franklin – You may think I’m going to take the easy route and say that Franklin’s skin color is his defining characteristic. Maybe for some, it is. Maybe when I was a young child, that was what made him unique. As an adult, I see him in a different way. If you read the description about him, you’ll agree that he is a beacon of kindness. While others may find faults with Charlie Brown, Franklin never has an unkind word. He may not be making wishes come true, but he can make people feel better. The charity I associate with Franklin is Make A Wish.
Everyone has a character they are able to connect with in one way or another. Which Peanuts character is your favorite?