Sunday, December 14, 2008

It is better to give than to receive...

As the holidays approach, our thoughts turn to gifts for friends and family. Most of us have everything we need, and the task of finding "the perfect gift" for someone can be exhausting. Maybe we should think outside the box!!

Señor Terremoto and I are blessed with enough to eat every day. For those who are struggling, the food banks are a life-saver -- literally! But the current economic conditions are seriously affecting donations to food banks and impairing their ability to serve the increasing number of people who need their help. So when I read in the paper this morning that some large Silicon Valley companies were foregoing their holiday parties this year and donating the monies they saved to the local food bank, it set me to thinking: What if I put a link to the food bank on my blog to raise awareness and encourage individuals to donate too? My blog is limited in its reach, but maybe the folks who read my blog will pass this idea along, and so on and so on, and together we can reach a much larger audience.

If you live in the California counties of Santa Clara or San Mateo, clicking on this link will take you to the local Second Harvest Food Bank website, where you can donate in a number of ways, including online. You can choose to purchase specific foods or make a secure cash donation (via credit card). What could be easier?

And if you live elsewhere, the Feeding America network (formerly America's Second Harvest) has affiliates all over the country. You just enter your zip code in their Food Bank Locator to find the nearest food bank.

Happy Holidays!!!

6 comments:

  1. Great idea, Chris. I give to Feeding America throughout the year but now is the time the donations and food are greatly needed!
    Happy Holidays to you :)
    -Rhonda

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  2. Wonderful. Our church is also so focused on helping others in our own town and has fantastic ways of helping people survive tough times. It is better to give...

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  3. Thanks to both of you. I know this isn't exactly what people expect to find on an art blog, but I wanted to get the word out.

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  4. On behalf of the 176,000+ people we feed every month, thank you for your support!

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  5. We donate to the Family Tree - this year is probably much harsher for those in need.

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  6. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Nava. Glad to hear of another resource for assistance.

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