My first 50 years have been filled with travel--living all over as a kid in a military family, then later as my chosen profession in the business travel industry. Anyone who knows me knows that I like to think I am a welcoming, generous soul who has been so incredibly blessed in her life and wants to help "pay it forward" for those who need it most.
International Rescue Commission works with refugees all around the world to help them get to safety, navigate complicated and sometimes impossible immigration laws and escape some of the world's worst situations. If staying at home meant my loved ones or I would be in danger of being raped or killed, I would run as far and as fast as I could to get us to safety. I believe strongly that nearly all of my friends would do the same.
So, in lieu of birthday gifts this year, I'd like you to consider helping these people who need it so desperately.