Thursday, January 22, 2009

How Much Would You Pay to Save a Life?

What can you do with a $1.00 donation to Brandywine Counseling? You might think, "not a whole lot," but you'd be wrong.

We know in these economic times, it's more and more difficult to support your favorite charitable causes. "Microdonations" of 1, 5, or 10 dollars are becoming a popular option. So with that in mind, I asked some of our BCI program directors what we could do with one dollar, five dollars, or ten dollars. This is what they came up with:

$1.00 will buy 14 condoms to protect someone from HIV.
$1.00 will also buy:
… 4 First Aid Kits
… 1 Wound Care Kit
… 1.3 Dignity (Hygiene) Kits (contraception, instructions, and resource guide)
… 10 Sterile Water Vials for use with bleach to clean syringes
… 12 Sterile Syringes

$5.00 will provide a hot meal for someone who comes to us hungry.
$5.00 will also provide:
… one group counseling session
… a gift card incentive for someone doing “well” in treatment for continued motivation.
… 70 condoms
… 21 First Aid Kits
… 5 Wound Care Kits
… 6.5 Dignity (Hygiene) Kits
… 50 Sterile Water Vials
… 60 Sterile Syringes

$10.00 will buy a DART bus pass for someone without a car to get to treatment and search for a job.
$10.00 will also:
… assist someone in obtaining an evaluation for addiction treatment.
… pay for 2.5 days worth of daily medication for a methadone patient.
… pay for 1 day of daily medication for a Suboxone patient.
… provide someone with 10 minutes of face to face contact with a counselor. Dollars buy minutes, and time saves lives.

So you can believe me when I say, one dollar can indeed save a life. As one of my co-workers put it, “Treatment works!! Not all clients can get treatment paid by Dr. Phil. How much would you pay to save a life?”

Brandywine Counseling offers convenient, secure online donations, including one time or recurring donations with your American Express card. Microdonations welcome. Thank you so much!

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