The ladies and readers of Ask Miss A love charitable and stylish men, but what do we love even more? Charitable and stylish dads are definitely in fashion.
On February 28, 2010, the Life of Dad blog was started with a single post. Life of Dad founder Tommy Riles’ daughter was born with a congenital heart defect. The piece is a genuine and heartfelt sentiment about emotions felt during his first 30 hours of being a dad. In a difficult and very personal moment in his life, Tommy decided to share his story and his daughter with the world. His original blog post became the springboard for many others, and eventually became a platform for advocacy.
The Life of Dad bloggers are no strangers to charitable endeavors. They have hosted the Life of Dad Comedy Night fundraiser to benefit the Heart Institute at the Children’s Hospital of Greater Los Angeles. LOD also hosted fundraisers for the Saving Tiny Hearts Society and advocated for the Mended Little Hearts program.
The National Fatherhood Initiative was created to advance the lives of children by encouraging fathers to be more engaged. One in three children in America live without their biological father. There are many physical, emotional and social ramifications which can occur when a child lacks a father figure. NFI hopes through their efforts, more fathers will contribute to the lives of their children and communities.
Honda loaned several very stylish but practical 2014 Honda Odyssey vans out to the Life of Dad team. The vans were utilized in unique ways. They created book mobiles and lemonade stands. The goal was to create awareness about the National Fatherhood Initiative and several Life of Dad charitable projects.
The Life of Dad blog and their endeavors have grown immensely the last few years. Ryan Hamilton, David Guest, Dan Lazarz, Patrick Quinn and many other highly talented dad writers have joined the team. The blog is unique because every man shares his personal views and experiences from fatherhood. They host Dad-chelor parties, and even have a Life of Dad Pregnancy Guide.
You can read more about the National Fatherhood Initiative by visiting their website, and follow the Life of Dad project hashtag: #DadsDoingGood.