A friend of mine who I will refer to as She Who Shall Not Be Named, said something very similar to this blog post title the other day [edited to add: she was being cheeky and not disrespectful in any way]. In short, she wanted to know why I was all gung ho on trying to save the world via charity: water.
I thought it was a good question, I mean, why AM I all of a sudden gung ho, and why is this charity my present focus and not another extremely deserving one with possibly a more domestic slant?
First things first: I admire simplicity. The simplicity of the charity: water campaign is brilliant: clean water to drink with every single dollar you donate going to do just that. You aren't paying for the administrative support of the organization; just the process of providing clean water.
Second: I admire charity: water's push for sustainability. It's not just band-aid solutions to problems, and it's not just us going in and fixing things. It's us working with local people within local communities to build the wells, and to keep them running.
Third: Clean water to drink really is something I take for granted in my life.
Having a blog that people read is an honor and a privilege. I spend a certain percentage of my life being a bit less than thankful for life, liberty and the ability to pursue happiness. True, part of what I like to write about can often be filed under the category of "Cheeky" or "Ultimately Irrelevant in the Grand Scheme of Things," but my hope is always that it connects with readers, whatever it might be that brings them to this lovely Typepad home of mine.
Scrapbookers are very generous people. This is what I have found in the past number of years. They rally to fill needs. I have seen it time and time again. From the most enormous of causes to the ones that wouldn't even be on the radar were it not for a thoughtful person and a public message board.
I thank those of you who have donated to my charity: water campaign. I think I may have to raise the goal above and beyond $5,000, because clearly it's going to be met and exceeded.
I thank those who've left their comments thus far… people who aren't just giving up 5 bucks for scrap supplies, but their daily Starbuck's, or their lunch money, or their birthday age in dollars.
And what do I get out of all of this? I feel like I partially make up for the times I'm a less than stellar example of a human being. I get to get YOU readers, a group of diverse women and men I am truly lucky to have, to join me in making a dent in just one small area of need in our global community.
And that feels pretty dang good.
Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading.