Helping Hands

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  1. I definitely agree with you – I too think it is sad that it takes the holidays or natural disasters to galvanize people but I think it is better then the alternative – which for many people is apathy and a refusal to do anything.

    I also should note that my site, while focused on Tsunami Relief right now will eventually focus on local charities and the less fortunate in the Lower Mainland who need our help.

    For example (NetChick may be interested in this) I have some friends who organize a toy drive every year – they send out an email saying that they will be meeting at a particular pub on a given day and bring an unwrapped gift. This past Christmas they probably had between 100-150 toys to give to charity.

    I am a firm believer in the power of community and of an individual’s ability to make a difference.

    Thanks for putting up the link.


  2. I donated to the Red Cross in the “Wherever help is needed most” box. That way, if they don’t need the money for the tsunami, they can put it where it’s needed at the time.

  3. I don’t have the money to support all the things I want to. I actually didn’t donate anything to the tsunami effort, because in all honesty, I need to eat. I can’t even afford to buy yarn right now. 🙁

    So I try to offer up my time. But I’m also short on time — two jobs + school is going to take a lot out of me, especially when you consider my strong attraction to Me Time. However, I have been trying to find something I can do that I believe in. My current hope is to get into the next volunteer intake for OPT.. (BC’s version of Planned Parenthood) and I’m planning on volunteering regularily for BIO. It’s not quite a matter of life and death (well, OPT could be in some ways) but they’re the things I believe strongly in, which is a requirement for me to donate my time.

    I strongly recommend that others do the same. (fuck, that sounds high & mighty… be like me! yeah, right.) Even if your pet volunteer project is something as … “unnecessary” as helping a bunch of kinky people have good events. 🙂

  4. I have to agree wholeheartedly with you there Peechie. I was reading somewhere that some countries are actually trying to outbid each other on donations to the suffering countries directly affected by the tsunami. Yet people hardly pay attention to the people in Sudan and other countries; These places do not need a natural disaster for their death toll to be of an extraordinary number.

  5. …Which brings me to one of the things I’d like to do this year, which is have a get-together with the friends, and friends of friends to help out a worth cause in Canada, such as CKNW Orphan’s Fund, or Big Brothers/Sisters. I’ve been looking for ways to both benefit the well-deserved organizations and have some fun with friends… If you would like to put something together with me (think… PARTY!) I’d be really keen to start planning.

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