By now, most people have heard John Kerry’s slanderous comments about our servicemen terrorizing women and children in Iraq. James Taranto turns the table on the man who would be President, noting a CNN story about what a handful of our servicemen are really up to: doing everything possible, with help from folks stateside, to see that a little Iraqi girl doesn’t die from spina bifida.
During the Christmas season, one sees Angel Trees nearly everywhere: at work, in the malls, at church; you can hardly go anywhere without running in to an Angel Tree. Between church and work, we’ve already picked a few angels ourselves, and I’m sure many of you have, too.
There is a group of children that are often overlooked this time of year, and those are the children of prison inmates. Prison Fellowship started its Angel Tree ministry in 1982, and has been going strong ever since. It’s not these kids’ fault their parents are behind bars, and they deserve to get something for Christmas as much as any other child.
This year, a generous donor is matching all Angel Tree contributions up to $100,000, which means a normal donation that would give one child a gift will now serve two kids.
So please consider making a donation that can turn what is often a lonely time for these kids into one of joy.
Soldiers’ Angels has started Project Valour-IT, an endeavor to get voice-activated laptops to our wounded servicemen. To help with raising money for the project, a friendly competition has been set up between four teams, one for each of the service branches. Holly Aho is running the USMC team, which Hugh and Glenn are a part of. Sign up with one of the teams and donate to help out our wounded personnel.
I read an article in one of the local rags that donations to CCA are down in the wake of the massive outreach for hurricane victims. CCA is one of the leading charities in north Texas, serving primarily the communities between Dallas and Denton, with most of their efforts concentrated between Lewisville, Flower Mound, and Carrollton. CCA President Ed Johnson says, “All of the merchandise that has diverted to hurricane relief leaves the 12,000 people we serve each year short–very short.” (CCA takes in unwanted items and resells them in a retail environment as one way of raising funds.)
I’m sure there is a similar charity in your own community, which may be seeing a shortfall in light of hurricane relief efforts. I urge you to not forget about the help they give year-round, and to continue to support them, with your time or donations.
There are a lot of people with overactive bladders, and let’s face it, when you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. Novartis Pharmaceuticals has teamed up with noted travelogue Arthur Frommer to develop a free booklet, Where to Stop & Where to Go, for use by those who may be away from their local comfort zone.
Just read about it in Reader’s Digest and thought I would pass it along.
Since you won’t hear about it any where else, Arthur Chrenkoff has the latest good news from Afghanistan. It is amazing how much is happening in this now-free nation in such a short amount of time. It truly shows the bias and if-it-bleeds-it-leads mentality of the mainstream press that these stories are not getting more coverage. We wrought this, America, through the service and sacrifice of our sons and daughters in the armed services. They should be proud. We all should be.
Don’t mess with Texas. Now you can buy gear and support the anti-litter campaign with the awesome slogan.
Have more frequent-flyer miles than you know what to do with? Well, transfer some to me! I’ve got to get back to the islands!
Seriously, if you have more miles than you think you’re going to use any time soon, here are some web sites that might be able to help:
MileDonor.com: up to 80 charities accepting point donations from 17 different airline programs
Points.com: trade in your miles, buy yourself an Iced Mocha Frappicino Grande. Or a new jacket.
Mileage Plus: 10,000 United miles = 100 downloads from Sony’s music service. Someone ping me when it works with iTMS.
[Via the 29 July 2005 edition of The Week, which got it from Real Simple.]