We get various newsletters from charities from time to time and we thought we’d share this. Here is the World Wildlife Fund Newsletter for January Who thought you could mix chocolate wedding favors with the World Wildlife Fund (visit their website)? We do,  and we will post more charity newsletters when we get them. Check it out….

America’s Fish Basket Threatened | Hope for Rhinos | Support More Fuel-Efficient Vehicles | “Be the Voice”
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World Wildlife Fund - January E-newsletter


sockeye salmon Bristol Bay’s marine ecosystems support the largest sockeye salmon run in the world. © Joel Sartore/National Geographic Stock/WWF-Canada

America’s Fish Basket Threatened Bristol Bay, Alaska, produces almost half of the wild-caught seafood eaten in the United States. It’s an economic engine, but it’s in trouble–the bay is a prime target for offshore oil and gas drilling and it’s threatened by climate change and mining. The bay’s fishing industry creates more than 12,000 jobs for fishermen and processors in Alaska, as well as other people nationwide. The annual value of Bristol Bay’s fisheries is almost $5.4 billion dollars, according to a recent WWF study. Check out the study and read about “America’s Fish Basket.”

In Depth: Bristol Bay, Alaska

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rhino translocation WWF has helped to complete many successful rhino translocations, including this one on January 8, 2012. © IRV 2020

A Glimmer of Hope for Asian Rhinos Those who care about greater one-horned rhinos in the Eastern Himalayas have reason to celebrate: Not a single rhino was poached in Nepal last year. Thanks to the work of WWF and our partners, we’ve seen several recent successes for this threatened species. Find out what happened when a female rhino presumed lost from Manas National Park in India led conservationists, park staff and security personnel on a weeks-long chase in November. Get all the details and see photos.

January Caption Contest Enter the WWF Photo Caption Contest, and your creative caption could be featured in next month’s e-newsletter.

Yawning snow leopard “Give me my coffee and no one gets hurt!” Alexandra R., Bradford, Ont. December’s Contest Winner

Be the Voice Be the voice for those who have no voice. © Martin Harvey/WWF-Canon

“Be the Voice” Daily Actions Saving the world doesn’t have to be a daunting job. Small actions can add up, giving everyone the power to change the world–including you! WWF’s Be the Voice actions provide new ways to help you speak up for those who have no voice, reduce your footprint and raise awareness on the importance of conservation. Visit our take action page to find a new action each day!



Nudibranchs Two nudibranchs in the waters surrounding Misool Island. © Jürgen Freund/WWF-Canon

Misool Snorkeling Adventure October 8 – 21, 2012 Just announced! We’re taking WWF travelers for the first time to the most far-flung and seldom-visited islands in Indonesia’s Raja Ampat Archipelago. Travel aboard a traditional wooden live-aboard boat and snorkel at enticing locales with names like “the Candy Store” and “Kaleidoscope.” Search for a surreal variety of marine life, including gorgonian sea fans, pygmy seahorses, mimic octopuses and mandarin fish. Learn more.


Salmon Sockeye salmon © Michel Roggo/WWF-Canon

Pacific Salmon (Oncorhynchus salmonidae) Basics: Five species thrive in the North Pacific waters of the U.S. and Canada: chinook (king), coho, pink, sockeye and chum salmon. Threats: Illegal and unregulated harvesting, habitat destruction, dams and river blockages, climate change Interesting Fact: They begin their lives in freshwater and migrate to sea as small fish, called smolts. They grow into adults in the North Pacific Ocean. Then a biological clock tells the salmon when it’s time to return to their birthplace to spawn a new generation.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with WWF Make this Valentine’s Day extra special for the ones you love by sharing your passion for wildlife with them. Here are three easy ideas that are sure to warm their hearts:

Valentine's e-card Send an e-card to your Valentine Flower wallpaper Decorate their computer with flowery wallpaper Couple of Wild Cats adoption kit Symbolically adopt a “Couple of Wild Cats”
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Show your love of the tiger with the WWF Visa Signature® credit card from Bank of America. Bank of America will contribute $100 to WWF for each new qualifying account. Get more details.
Reason for Hope #50 This Week’s Reason for Hope YOU.
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Saputo Supports WWF in 2012
Frigo® Cheese Heads®, a Saputo Cheese USA brand, is donating $85,000 to WWF in connection with select flavors of their Frigo® Cheese Heads String Cheese between January 1, 2012 and May 31, 2012. Select packages feature a special icon noting Saputo’s support of WWF, as well as inner string cheese wrappers that highlight interesting marine species facts for kids. For more information, visit FrigoCheeseHeads.com/dolphin.

deforestation in Sumatra

More than half of Sumatra’s natural forests–home to orangutans, rhinos and critically endangered tigers–have been lost since 1985. © Paul Forster/WWF-Canon

DO YOU KNOW? One reason for the deforestation in Sumatra is clearing and conversion for pulp and paper products, like toilet paper, for the U.S. market and elsewhere. How many millions of tons of paper did North Americans consume in 2009?

a.  45 million tons

b.  80 million tons

c.  100 million tons

d.  125 million tons
Click on one of the answers above to see if you know.


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We researched the American Cancer Society to see what they were all about because we have a lot of our charitable wedding favors donations directed to them. They have a long history starting back in 1913 in New York City by 15 doctors and prominent business leaders. Back then, they called their organization the American Society for the Control of Cancer (ASCC) and their goal was to raise public awareness about cancer because if you had it at that time it was a grim diagnosis. There was no hope and no cure; cancer was a disease that was almost always fatal, not understood, and rarely talked about.

The ASCC  started writing articles for journals and magazines and spread the word about cancer to inform and educate the public. Years went by and around 1936-38 a major change took hold in the ASCC. They grew from a voluntary 15,000 group of active representatives to a 150,000 army with the ideas and energy of Marjorie G. Illig and brought about by The Women’s Field Army. This internal women’s organization was formed to wage a war on cancer and went directly to the streets, women’s clubs and any viable public organization to get the word out about cancer.

In 1945, the ASCC was reorganized as the American Cancer Society. It was the beginning of a new era for the organization.  In 1946, philanthropist Mary Lasker and her colleagues helped to raise more than $4 million for the Society – $1 million of which was used to establish and fund the Society’s groundbreaking research program. With the aid and assistance of dedicated volunteers like Lasker and Elmer Bobst, their research program began to bear fruit. In 1947, they also began their famous Seven Cancer Signals campaign, a public education effort about the signs and symptoms of cancer.

Around the same time the cancer signals campaign began, Dr. Sidney Farber, one of the Society’s first research grantees, achieved the first temporary cancer remission in a child with acute leukemia using the drug Aminopterin, thus opening the modern era of chemotherapy for cancer treatment. It was just the beginning of how scientists who the American Cancer Society supported early in their careers would go on to make great leaps in understanding and stopping cancer.

Society-funded researchers have contributed to nearly every major cancer research breakthrough we’ve seen in the more than 60 years since the Society’s research program began. They’ve helped establish the link between cancer and smoking; demonstrated the effectiveness of the Pap test; developed cancer-fighting drugs and biological response modifiers such as interferon; dramatically increased the cure rate for childhood leukemia; proven the safety and effectiveness of mammography; and so much more.   All told, the American Cancer Society has invested approximately $3.5 billion in research, including giving 44 future Nobel Prize winners the recognition and funding they needed to get started.

In the 1960s and 70s, the American Cancer Society began to expand its reach as an organization, working even more than in the past to involve all sectors in its efforts to fight back against the disease. In the 60s, the Society was instrumental in the development of the Surgeon General’s report on the link between smoking and cancer when early Society-sponsored studies confirmed the connection. This upheaval in the perception of smoking laid the groundwork for tobacco control progress – and for the corresponding lives saved – that continues today.

Their influence of public policy later contributed to the passage of the National Cancer Act in 1971, which granted special funds and authority to expand the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and revolutionized the war on cancer. With the development of the NCI, the American Cancer Society also had to adapt to a new role – that of filling in the gaps of the federal government’s focus in areas such as cancer prevention and education. Likewise, as National Institutes of Health funding for young investigators has diminished, the Society has allocated more research grants to that generation, helping promising young medical researchers enter the cancer field.   Today, the American Cancer Society is a global leader in the fight against cancer, with $1 billion in resources annually to save lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against the disease. Thanks in part to the Society’s work, there are 11 million people alive in the United States alone who have survived cancer. They’ve  helped create more than 300 birthdays each and every day just since the early 1990s and won’t rest until they expand that progress so that no one – in the U.S. or around the world – will ever lose another birthday to cancer.

We started this article by saying that we have a lot of our charitable wedding donnations directed to the American Cancer Society. There’s an obvious reason for that. They have been this country’s leader in the fight against all forms of cancer. We listed all their research departments and they number over seventy!  Sadly, cancer knows almost no execptions when it comes to the human body and thus affects all of us with no exceptions. God bless The American Cancer Society!

The historical information in this article was provided by The American Cancer Society. Visit their website to learn more.


  1. American Cancer Society logo - intended charity donation.
  • Adrenal Cortical Cancer
  • Advanced Cancer
  • Anal Cancer
  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Metastasis
  • Brain/CNS Tumors In Adults
  • Brain/CNS Tumors In Children
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer In Men
  • Cancer in Children
  • Cancer of Unknown Primary
  • Castleman Disease
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Colon/Rectum Cancer
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Esophagus Cancer
  • Ewing Family Of Tumors
  • Eye Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumors
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST)
  • Gestational Trophoblastic Disease
  • Hodgkin Disease
  • Kaposi Sarcoma
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Laryngeal and Hypopharyngeal Cancer
  • Leukemia – Acute Lymphocytic (ALL) in Adults
  • Leukemia – Acute Myeloid (AML)
  • Leukemia – Chronic Lymphocytic (CLL)
  • Leukemia – Chronic Myeloid (CML)
  • Leukemia – Chronic Myelomonocytic (CMML)
  • Leukemia in Children
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Cancer – Non-Small Cell
  • Lung Cancer – Small Cell
  • Lung Carcinoid Tumor
  • Lymphoma of the Skin
  • Malignant Mesothelioma
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome
  • Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancer
  • Nasopharyngeal Cancer
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma In Children
  • Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancer
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Penile Cancer
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Sarcoma – Adult Soft Tissue Cancer
  • Skin Cancer – Basal and Squamous Cell
  • Skin Cancer – Melanoma
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Thymus Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Uterine Sarcoma
  • Vaginal Cancer
  • Vulvar Cancer
  • Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia
  • Wilms Tumor

January awareness month starts the year with some important charities and causes. We will be posting each awareness month’s list of charities so that everyone can get an idea of what’s available for wedding favors donations. As we approach the warmer months the lists get much longer…. 

1 – 31 Cervical Health Awareness Month National Cervical Cancer Coalition 6520 Platt Avenue, #693 West Hills, CA 91307-3218 (818) 992-4242  info@nccc-online.org www.nccc-online.org/awareness.html  Materials available Contact: Samantha Thompson

1 – 31 National Birth Defects Prevention Month National Birth Defects Prevention Network 14781 Memorial Drive, #1561 Houston, TX 77079 nbdpn@nbdpn.org www.nbdpn.org  Materials available Contact: None designated

 1 – 31 National Glaucoma Awareness Month Prevent Blindness America 211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1700 Chicago, IL 60606 (800) 331-2020 (312) 363-6001 (312) 363-6052 Fax info@preventblindness.org preventblindness.org  Materials available Contact: PBA Consumer and Patient Hotline

1 – 31 National Radon Action Month U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Mail Code 6609J Washington, DC 20460 (202) 343-9206 (202) 343-2394 Fax www.epa.gov/radon/nram Materials available Contact: Gina Bowler

1 – 31 Thyroid Awareness Month American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists 245 Riverside Avenue, Suite 200 Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 353-7878 (904) 404-4207 Fax kpan@aace.com www.aace.com  Materials available Contact: Karen Pan

8 – 14 National Folic Acid Awareness Week National Council on Folic Acid c/o Spina Bifida Association 4590 MacArthur Boulevard NW, Suite 250 Washington, DC 20007 (800) 621-3141 x13 (202) 944-3285 x13 (202) 944-3295 Fax ncfa@sbaa.org www.folicacidinfo.org  Materials available

January awareness month is also the National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. … January 11 is the Blue Campaign’s “Wear Blue Day”, a day where we can all pledge our solidarity with victims of human trafficking and raise awareness about, and work to end, this heinous crime.

     Christina & John chose The Leukemia Lymphoma Society (website), for their wedding donation.

    “By working with Truffles for a Cause, we were able to honor my grandmother, Agnes, who passed away after a long battle with leukemia one year before our wedding. We received so many compliments on our truffles, as well the sentiment behind them. We were told it was so meaningful to our family to have a remembrance of a loved one, and so special to our guests to have a charity donation for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society in their honor for attending. Having Truffles for a Cause part of our wedding was an incredibly rewarding and positive experience, and one that we will always be glad we undertook. People are still raving about how wonderful our wedding favors from Truffles for a Cause were!!!!  Thanks so much for this! We LOVED our chocolate truffles – they were such a hit at our wedding. Married life is truly blissful – thank you for being such an important part of the start to our marriage!!  Should a baby shower or any other such happy event occur in the future, you will be our go-to!!”

Leukemia lymphoma society - portrait of Christina and John in black & white.

Leukemia lymphoma society - close up of wedding favors for Christina & John with a royal blue ribbons.       Shot of Christina & Mom at a table with wedding favors. Christina with ladies in wedding party.

     “…I was so happy to find Truffles for a Cause for our chocolate wedding favors. My husband and I knew we wanted to do something charitable for our wedding favors but we also wanted to have something that would be a treat for our guests. Truffles for a Cause provided the best of both worlds.  It was perfect for our wedding and the chocolates were delicious.  I really think it is one of the best ideas for a favor, they got a lot of great comments! My husband is a member of the U.S. Army so The Wounded Warrior Project (website), is a charity that is close to both of our hearts. Being part of a military community and seeing first hand the sacrifices that soldiers make really gives you a strong feeling of gratitude and patriotism. The Wounded Warrior Project is so deserving of everyone’s support so we were glad to have the wedding donation proceeds of our favors go to the organization. The favors also gave us an opportunity to give awareness to the program.”

The Wounded Warrior Project - charity image/logo.