January 27, 2011 @ Random

Feeling rather Random today – I am up WAY to early because Doxie Dixie decided to lie down on my face at 5 am. Bleh.

Random thoughts. Where do your charity dollars go?

Peace Loving Book Chicks KIVA team

I support KIVA – as a member of the dynamic and always fun Peace Loving Book Chicks team, I donate $25 at a time to support loans around the world.

For about that same amount per donation ($24.40 a night) I can help an American low-income family stay off the streets. The Rev. Betty Pagett’s fresh, new organization, The Oma Project, is new, exciting and creative, with great ideas. I am hoping to assist with web page design and webmistress support, and encourage you to get on board!

Other organizations I support regularly include Heifer Project and Habitat for Humanity. Did you know that Habitat for Humanity has stores where you can buy leftover supplies for your own projects? Called Habitat ReStores, “ReStore resale outlets accept donated goods which are sold to the general public at a fraction of the retail price. The proceeds help local Habitat affiliates fund the construction of Habitat homes within their communities.” Cool Beans!

I think giving to others one of the most precious and valuable traits of humankind. No matter how poor we are, there are always those in greater need than ourselves. I firmly believe that by opening our hearts and wallets to others, we also open our personal environment to the possibilities of good and positivity. Others believe it too, and express it by calling it “Paying it forward” or “what goes around comes around.” Karma, Kismet, Fate, whatever. When you feel good about giving, your soul flowers and blooms.

Even if you don’t have extra funds, donate extra books to your local Friends of the Library organization. Support non-profit thrift stores by donating household goods and clothes that are still in good condition. Rather than recycling things for cash, donate cans and newspapers to groups that collect them for fund raising. Give old eye glasses to your local Lion’s Club. Join a charitable group to support good works within your community. Give your time to a literacy program. Volunteer at a school, a nursing home, or a food bank. Charitable giving consists of not only giving of money and resources, but of yourself. And what greater gift can you give!?


About ReaderWoman

Professional reader and researcher for writers - Reviewer and Editor for online book review sites - AVID reader (well, duh!) writer, crafter (sewing, jewelry, fiber art) photographer, herb gardener, love to learn new things - Married 3842 years, 2 "kids" (now 34 and 36) and two grands (13 and 15) Born and raised California Girl, with stints in Tennessee, learning to speak Southern, and Arizona, learning that living in a trailer is NOT fun! Enjoy conversations with wine and chocolate, long walks and being with hubby and family. Life is good!
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