I was out of town last Thursday, so will make up for the lack of a post then with two this week.
Giving two friends’ causes send-ups today:
I am fundraising for the Lukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. This is a link to my fundraising site. Please make a donation, its a good cause, and come on… I have to swim in the Hudson River!
Sascha is a good friend of mine from college at GWU, and no doubt on my list of “favorite” people in the whole world. Not only is she hilarious and awesome, but has an amazing way of calming me down during my lapses in sanity and than making me laugh at my own ridiculousness. A rare and special gift to find in a friend. Eleven years ago the Roths lost their father to brain cancer, and although I never had the opportunity of meeting Jeffrey Roth, as Sascha and I became friends after his passing, I did have the wonderful opportunity of meeting and falling in love with the rest of the Roth family. They are an amazing family, and the love they have for one another and their father still today, is so evident that it’s hard not to feel like a part of the family when you are with them.
So it’s in that spirit I ask for your support in my fundraising efforts with a donation to Race for Hope, as I “virtually participate” with Jeffrey’s Goofy Gang to raise money for brain cancer. The Roths named their team name in honor of their father’s favorite Disney character, Goofy, whose laugh, silly antics, and never ending ability to make people smile held a special place in their Dad’s heart. Your tax-deductible gift, no matter how big or small, will make a difference in the lives of brain tumor patients and their families.
Thank you in advance for your support.
GPICT! Yes, kids, it’s Gratuitous Public Interest Campaign Thursday, begun last week and to be continued on every Thursday hence. Can you imagine if everyone who gratuitously posted a photo of themselves on Wedesday matched it with by gratuitously posting a link or note about some great public interest initiative? That would be so badass! I’m gonna start by directing you to Soup’s post about his upcoming birthday (March 30th yo!) and his Charitini-inspired drive for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. But it can be anything really - letting people know about a day of clean-up, volunteering, a Twitter fundraising campaign,and, um, dangerous-sounding-but-cutely-named hitchhiking campaigns. Or more! Who knows what it can become - when it comes to social media the possibilities are endless!
Okay so that’s my pitch. Anyone who’s into it, please reblog with a link to your favorite charity. Let’s see how many we can collect in one place - I will add everything we get to the Charitini blogroll. Let’s DO this! High five! Woo! Booyah! Etc.
Thanks to everyone who reblogged yesterday’s inaugural post marking Gratuitous Public Interest Thursday - or, as the cool kids say, GPICT. In gratititude for helping to kick it off on its very first day, I have donated to each recommended charity. My philosophy is that those who step up philanthropically should be recognized, and I’m happy to shout-out those who did so yesterday. (My eventual model for Charitini - when I get it together to build an actual site - will include a scrolling list of benefactors like this one, with full names but not amounts, because the act of giving is important in and of itself, and every little bit counts.) So! Without further ado, my honor roll of GPICT charities, and their beneficent Tumblr promoters:
- Operation Gratitude - Care Packages for Soldiers - courtesy of mbrosen
- The Kucetekela Foundation -Education for Zambia’s Youth - courtesy of katiebakes
- Music Maker Relief Foundation - courtesy of The Romp
- Circle of Women - Building a Girls’ School in Afghanistan - courtesy of Ferrrn
- Heifer International - Donating Sustainable Resources - courtesy of jgh
- St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital - courtesy of Soup Soup
If anyone out there wants to match me, I’ll forward my receipts and you can have at it. I probably won’t be able to keep it up as this (hopefully) takes off, but it’s a decent start (and NB if you have ever seen me promote a charity on this site or on my Twitter, it means I have donated to it, too. Walk the walk). That also counts for volunteerism - so yes, Krucoff, I have already put The Great American Clean-Up on the calendar for April 22nd.
I hope I am not being annoyingly, cloyingly do-goody here. But as Hillel once said, if not now, when? He also said, “Oy, this matzah ball tastes like gefilte fish,” but we’ve all made that mistake at one time or another.