We believe that every individual has the ability to make a difference in our world, and we want to give our readers a chance to bring attention to a cause that is important to them.

Every month, we will ask you to submit a one-paragraph essay on a charity of your choice. We want to know what the charity is about, why it is important to you, and anything else you think is important for us to know.

Your submissions will be reviewed by bestselling author Sylvia Day and she will select one to personally contribute to for the month. Your charity will also be featured in the following month’s installment of Day it Forward to bring more awareness to its cause and allow for readers of Beyond Words to donate as well.

The submission chosen for the month of November comes from Dori Walker:

In 2011 at our gender reveal ultrasound for our third child my world changed.  We were informed our daughter was “incompatible with life”.  Those three words broke me.  The days that followed I had a hard time getting out of bed to care for our two boys.  It was inconceivable for me to be happy when it felt like we were just waiting for her to die.  I was too scared to give her a name, it made the situation too real.  My salvation came in the form of Alexandra’s House Perinatal Hospice.  The founder, Patti, helped me find purpose, strength and beauty in the following 6 weeks she survived in my tummy.  That strength allowed us to give her a name, Mathilda Hope.  Patti was there for the decisions that you never plan on making.  She was there for her birth and her memorial service.  Alexandra’s House is a big reason we were strong enough to pursue adoption through foster care; we now have 7 children with one in heaven.  Mathilda Hope inspires us to be better and pay it forward in all we do!

Dori Walker and family

Sylvia will be donating $2,000 to Alexandra’s House. You can donate, too, here.

We also occasionally spotlight other charities submitted by readers each month:

  • Shannon Cutts submitted Mentor Connect, the first global eating disorders mentoring community. Sylvia will be donating $500 to Mentor Connect. You can donate, too, here.

To have your charity considered for December’s installment of Day it Forward, please email your submissions to editorial@beyondwords.life with “December Day it Forward” in the subject line by November 25, 2015.