|Do you know of a deserving cause?
Please let us know.
|Why would you say that Carnegie yesterday and Richard Branson today
have been so very successful?
Hard work, a burning ambition and a dedicated commitment to the success
of the current project at hand are of course tremendously important factors
but I feel there's a lot more to the makeup of these men than their Scottish
heritage and spines constructed of steel. They belong to a special club,
and the members have one unwritten membership rule, a true compassion
for their fellow man.
Gurus and teachers from many faiths have taught us that it is better to
give than to receive and yet we rarely listen to this valuable advice. We
are too busy rushing from pillar to post than to stop and listen and take on
board anything which could detract from our own monetary wealth. We
are warm and cosy in our own manufactured worlds and prefer not to hear
or see anything which could remotely make us uneasy. So we tend to
ignore that which could help others and at the same time actually help
My mother would often say to us when we were children to 'spread your
bread upon the waters'. We now say just 'spread your bread'. I am sure
that you know that this means to share what you have with others but do
you know how that helps you? It helps in many ways. Firstly you do feel
better in yourself. It does do you good.
Yes you can go out and buy yourself a bottle of wine, the latest Couture
jacket or that pair of divine shoes and you will feel good but that warmth
cannot be compared to that special feeling which
warms your heart when you help someone else. It
is true that no man is an island. We are all connected and need each other
but so many of us forget that for numerous reasons people need help. Not
because they are bad people and not
because they are lazy or scroungers or deserve to be in a situation
whereby they need help. Bad things really do happen to good people and
children do not deserve to go hungry any where at any time in any part of
this world and especially not
when others can pay millions of dollars on a vehicle.
I could go on but I do not want to lose your attention and the important
message here is that not only will you feel good when you donate some of
your hard earned wages but like Carnegie and Branson you will discover
that good luck will rush
into that space, that hole in your wallet, and fill it with an IOU that will
repay you threefold.
So what better investment could there be? An immediate great feeling
today with the power of the universe working in your favor tomorrow.
Please make a donation to a good cause today, you will enjoy what you
buy for yourself so much more and you will be investing in more than just
your own future.
A family boating trip turned tragic for
16-year-old Jordan Thomas
But this double amputee who loses legs
discovers that he can help others struggling to
pay for prosthetic limbs,
Jordan Thomas Foundation has raised $400k
to help those struggling to pay
Click here to donate to the Jordan Thomas
Foundation and help others like
Noah Parton, 6 was born with a congenital
heart defect and had a complication with a tube
inserted in his right leg, leading to an
amputation above his knee. His family's
insurance would pay only for a "stubby," a
wooden artificial leg without a bendable knee.
Noah couldn't run and play with other
children. And even day-to-day activities were
Thomas' foundation stepped in, buying Noah
several knee devices -- a new one for each new
leg he needs as he grows -- and a foot.
Click here to donate to the Jordan Thomas
|Compassion International Honored for Financial Integrity
December 13, 2007
Compassion International, one of the world's leading child development
ministries, has been named one of 30 "Shining Light" Christian ministries
for 2007 by MinistryWatch.com, a donor-advocacy organization.
This is the third year that MinistryWatch.com has released
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Please take a moment to check out this great website: Any Soldier Inc.: Sergeant
Brian Horn from LaPlata, Maryland, an Army Infantry Soldier with the 173rd
Airborne Brigade was in the Kirkuk area of Iraq when he started the idea of Any
Soldier® to help care for his soldiers. He agreed to distribute packages that came to
him with "Attn: Any Soldier" in his address to soldiers who didn't get mail. Brian
later completed a tour in Afghanistan and is now home, but AnySoldier.com
continues larger than ever. Brian's sister, Svetlana, is with the Army in Iraq.
Any Soldier Inc. started in August 2003 as a simple family effort to help the soldiers
in one Army unit; thus, our name. Due to overwhelming requests, on 1 January 2004
the Any Soldier® effort was expanded to include any member of the Armed Forces
in harms way. Any Soldier Inc.
|TOMS.... shoes for Tomorrow.
Absolutely great concept. Blake Mycoskie came third in The Amazing
Race but his company is anything but third rate. TOMS Shoes was
founded on a simple premise: With every pair you purchase, TOMS will
give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One. Using the
purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good is what
we're all about.
The Story (From Tom's Shoes web site)
In 2006 an American traveler, Blake Mycoskie, befriended children in
Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting
to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every
pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in
need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family,
friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made
possible by caring TOMS customers.
Since our beginning, TOMS has given over 400,000 pairs of shoes to
children in need through the One for One model.
Our ongoing community events and Shoe Drop Tours allow TOMS
supporters and enthusiasts to be part of our One for One movement.
Walk this way... www.tomsshoes.com
UNICEF urgently appeals for aid for Haiti following devastating earthquake.
UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian
organization in the world. Working in over 150 countries, UNICEF provides
children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief,
and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fund
raising, advocacy, and education in the United States.
Click here to donate to UNICEF
AMERICAN RED CROSS - HAITI
Your gift to the American Red Cross will support emergency relief and
recovery efforts to help those people affected by the earthquake in Haiti.
Assistance provided by the American Red Cross may include deploying
personnel, sending relief supplies, and providing financial resources.
Click here to donate to AMERICAN RED CROSS - HAITI
Who are homeless veterans?
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
says the nation's homeless veterans are
mostly males (four percent are females). The
vast majority are single, most come from poor,
disadvantaged communities, 45 percent suffer
from mental illness, and half have substance
abuse problems. America’s homeless veterans
have served in World War II, Korean War,
Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama,
Lebanon, Operation Enduring Freedom
(Afghanistan), Operation Iraqi Freedom, or the
military’s anti-drug cultivation efforts in South
America. 47 percent of homeless veterans
served during the Vietnam Era. More than 67
percent served our country for at least three
years and 33 percent were stationed in a war
How many homeless veterans are there?
Although accurate numbers are impossible to
come by -- no one keeps national records on
homeless veterans -- the VA estimates that
131,000 veterans are homeless on any given
night. And approximately twice that many
experience homelessness over the course of a
year. Conservatively, one out of every three
homeless men who is sleeping in a doorway,
alley or box in our cities and rural communities
has put on a uniform and served this country.
According to the National Survey of
Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients
(U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
and the Urban Institute, 1999), veterans
account for 23 percent of all homeless people
Why are veterans homeless?
In addition to the complex set of factors
affecting all homelessness -- extreme shortage
of affordable housing, livable income and
access to health care -- a large number of
displaced and at-risk veterans live with
lingering effects of Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder and substance abuse, compounded
by a lack of family and social support
A top priority is secure, safe, clean housing
that offers a supportive environment that is
free of drugs and alcohol.
Donate to National Coalition for