Kim Carson: Gratitude and Generosity

The Faith Hope and Love Songs radio host has much to be thankful for this holiday season. You may know her as the 100.5 The River DJ, but this ambitious artist has many projects on her plate. Carson just launched her inaugural greeting card line, “Conversations with Kim,” as well as her second book, Essence of Life, last month. Oh, and if you miss her daily radio show, you can catch her weekly visit to Take 5 as a television co-host.  Or, watch one of her interviews on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) here.  
 
This active lady has the positivity that rivals Buddy the Elf, and how she manages to fit in all of her volunteerism and charity work is beyond comprehension.  There are so many organizations Carson is involved with, however here are her three organizations she wants you to know.
 
American Cancer Society
“They reached out to me when I was diagnosed with colon cancer,” explains Carson. 
 
The organization wanted her to know that they were there for her during this difficult time with services that most people don’t even know exist, including free transportation to doctors’ appointments, lodging for family and personal counsel.
 
“They know how to navigate the cancer labyrinth,” divulges Carson. Indeed, they are a valuable resource to anyone walking down a similar path.
 
Since her very public battle with cancer, Carson has been participating with the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. To hear it in her own words, watch this video
 
Autism Support for Kent County
“Autism is misunderstood,” says Carson. “There’s a need for more education. People living with autism can be productive citizens too.” 
 
Carson became involved with the charity years ago when her dentist, Dr. Richard Elias, invited her to emcee one of their events. Dr. Elias’ son, Pete, is affected by autism and Carson was eager to oblige.
 
“The essence of us is the same,” clarifies Carson. “When you see these kids interact together, afflicted or otherwise, it is obvious.”
 
Kim’s participation continues to grow; you can view a video detailing her volunteerism here and here.
 
Kids’ Food Basket
“We can learn so much from kids,” Carson says. “They are truthful.” And there are many children who are hungry right here in Grand Rapids, too. That’s why Kids’ Food Basket exists and why Carson supports their mission.
 
“People in Grand Rapids can’t save the world, but we can help others here first,” explains Carson. “Then the others can help people in their area, and the generosity and prosperity spreads.” 
 
Essentially, Carson is saving the world -- one person at time. 
 
Want to help Kim Carson? Be a do-gooder and support the organizations she does:
• American Cancer Society:  web -  facebook  - donate
• Autism Support of Kent County:  web -  facebook  -  donate
• Kids’ Food Basket:  web - facebook  -  donate 
• Learn more about Kim Carson’s projects 
 
Source: Kim Carson
Writer: Jennifer Wilson, Do Good Editor
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