Just like many other non-profit organizations, Focus on the Family is struggling during these tough economic times. The folks at Focus are the ones producing Adventures in Odyssey. It's easy to forget that AIO, Radio Theatre, and other projects from them are a ministry tool and not simply entertainment. We've seen different cutbacks and layoffs made at FOTF the past couple of years.
Odyssey has changed in the way it's being released in part because of the rising costs of making it. We here at the Adventures in Odyssey Blog are firm supporters of Focus on the Family and AIO. We encourage you to purchase episodes, albums, and other AIO merchandise from them, not only because we're all fans of it, but also to help Focus get the funds needed to keep making the show. Donating to them directly is also a good way. We also don't condone any kind of piracy or illegal distribution or downloading of AIO episodes on websites, YouTube, etc. This hurts Focus a lot.
Beyond that, there is another way of supporting Focus on the Family. Many of us buy something from Amazon at one time or another. Some people buy stuff from them all the time. How could we turn shopping at Amazon into a way to donate to Focus on the Family?
Amazon Smile is a relatively new initiative from Amazon that makes it super easy to support charities/non-profit organizations. By going to smile.amazon.com, you can choose to have 0.5% of every qualifying purchase you make through Amazon be given to Focus on the Family. You can do it on Odyssey albums, books, and millions of other products available on Amazon. It doesn't cost you anything extra. You could also choose to give to other great organizations like Compassion or World Vision. The more you shop, the more donations they get.
Last but not least, you can also pray for groups like Focus who champion Biblical values and help show Jesus' love to others. They need our prayers just as much. Remember, without Focus on the Family, there would be no Adventures in Odyssey.