Dec 302008

OK, I don’t beg for money much.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever done it before.  I also don’t make many 100% serious posts.  Please forgive me this one.

No, I’m not begging for myself.  But if you don’t have a cause or two, why not?  It’s not too late to grab yourself a 2008 tax deduction, as well as make a difference in someone’s life.

This year, about two-thirds of our charitable giving went to our church’s various ministries.  Our church does the usual things (feed folks, help out with home construction and repair, prison programs, and the like), but we also fund and staff educational and agricultural missions in Bolivia and Honduras.  I’m also proud of the fact that we’re a front-line evacuation facility in the area for large emergencies, like floods and hurricanes.

Do give to your place of worship, or another organization that works on the ground in your neighborhood.  That’s important.  Beyond that, here are some other good causes we supported this year.  I invite you to do the same:

  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  It’s hard for me to imagine a rawer deal than childhood cancer.  Click here to make a donation.
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Usually we donate this portion to the Red Cross, but my Uncle Ed died this year, and his family asked for donations to the CFF in lieu of flowers.  (He did not have the disease, but he lost his daughter Jean to it.)  Click here to make a donation.
  • Family Violence Prevention Fund.  In my view, there is no greater single societal travesty than women and children who are not safe in their own homes.  Click here to make a donation.

Thank you for your consideration, dear readers.

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