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As a private owned business, I feel a certain responsibility towards my audience to give a little something back to the community. As my web sites are aimed at a worldwide audience, I wish to show my support for causes that are there for the greater good of the world. I do support the following causes and strongly suggest you consider helping them as well.

To give does not always mean to donate money, but they also appreciate time, volunteering efforts, donations other than money and publicity. Will you see what you can do today?


UNICEF

International support organization helps the big picture by addressing and trying to correct problems around the world including equal rights for women and children and fighting hunger, disease and poverty.

You can donate, or purchase UNICEF cards and gifts, or become a volunteer. Visit the UNICEF site for more details on you can also help.


Red Cross And Red Crescent

First and foremost, this International organization is there for everyone regardless of race, sex, nationality, religion, or creed. They are the main masters of the blood supply around the world and are there to help in war and times of natural and manmade disasters.

One of the best ways you can help will not cost you a thing. Every 56 (or 111 days) you can go to your nearest Red Cross building or blood drive and spend an hour of your time to donate a pint of blood. It doesn't hurt much, just a little needle inserted in your vein while you lay back and relax. Afterwards, they give you a snack to pep you back up and you can leave.

To donate blood, you must be healthy, be at least 17 years old or 16 years old if allowed by state law, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not have donated blood in the last 8 weeks (56 days) or a donation of double red cells in the last 16 weeks (111 days). They will give you an interview before you donate and ask you questions to see if you can qualify and they will check your blood to make sure it is healthy enough to give.

I do this on a regular basis. There's not much to it.

If you are not in a position to help this way, they are also looking for volunteers to help in other ways to help with disasters and blood drives. They will also accept cash donations. If you wish to give a monetary donation, go directly to one of the links below. I don't collect money from others from these causes because I want you to trust that the money you send is going directly to these causes.


Locks of Love

Locks of Love is an organization that collects hair for children who have suffered hair loss going through medical procedures to create hair pieces for them. Recently, I cut off 11 inches of my hair to donate. You do not need to wait for a big event, but if you want to send a donation on your own, here is what you need to do:

If you want to really help and have the network to do it, contact your local hair salon and ask them to sponsor an event to give light on this cause.


The One Campaign

I've just signed the ONE Declaration committing myself to help fight the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty.

I'm asking you to make that commitment, too, by adding your voice.

I think your name belongs on that declaration, too. You can put it there by visiting:

http://www.one.org/declare

ONE is a new effort by Americans to rally Americans - one by one. So far, over two million have signed the declaration in support of a historic pact for compassion and justice to help the poorest people of the world.

Together as ONE we can make a difference!

From The ONE site:

ONE is Americans of all beliefs and every walk of life - united as ONE - to help make poverty history. We are a campaign of over 2.4 million people and growing from all 50 states and over 100 of America's most well-known and respected non-profit, advocacy and humanitarian organizations. As ONE, we are raising public awareness about the issues of global poverty, hunger, disease and efforts to fight such problems in the world's poorest countries. As ONE, we are asking our leaders to do more to fight the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty. ONE believes that allocating more of the U.S. budget toward providing basic needs like health, education, clean water and food would transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation in the world's poorest countries.

ONE is nonpartisan; there's only one side in the fight against global AIDS and extreme poverty. Working on the ground in communities, colleges and churches across the United States, ONE members both educate and ask America's leaders to increase efforts to fight global AIDS and extreme poverty, from the U.S. budget and presidential elections to specific legislation on debt cancellation, increasing effective international assistance, making trade fair, and fighting corruption. Everyone can join the fight. The goal of ending poverty may seem lofty, but it is within our reach if we take action together as one. You can start now by joining the ONE Campaign and pledging your voice to the fight against extreme poverty and global AIDS.

It won't take much of your time to sign the pledge. It won't take much of your time to send a small donation. It won't take much of your time to tell a friend about it. It won't take much of your time to contact your elected officials and ask them to help fight worldwide poverty, hunger and disease. Just a few moments of your time will save many lives and contribute to peace.


Saving The Planet Rationally

This is not an organization I am sending you to, but a pledge I have made and encourage you to make. No matter how you feel on the issue of global warming, there are things you can do to make life on this planet better.

I am not asking nor expecting you to become an extremist or scare you with stories on how horrible life will be in another 20 years. I am not even asking you to deprive yourself of anything that would be unreasonable. All I am asking for is a commitment from you that you will do the following:

  1. Car pool when you can
  2. Turn off electric appliances and lights not in use
  3. Reuse plastic bags you get at the store or buy cloth sacks that you can carry your groceries
  4. If you are healthy, the weather is fine and the distance is less than 1 mile, walk it
  5. Search your home for cracks in doors, walls, floors and windows and seal the cracks
  6. Get your kids (and yourself) off the electronic toys 1 hour a day and play a board game or outside instead
  7. If you are able, plant a tree or a garden
  8. If you see trash, pick it up and dispose of it properly
  9. Help a neighbor in need
  10. Keep your car maintained
  11. Boycott eating meat and imported foods once a week
  12. Recycle or donate unused items instead of trashing them

That's all. These are just small steps and will go a long way to help.