I have been working on my charity research and have reached some conclusions.
First off thank you to all of the ideas that poured in from webmaster world members, from this site, and from patients and friends.
Lesson 1, is that there are no perfect charities. I noticed that on Matt Cutts blog when he yacked about Google collecting money for San Diego fire victims he actually took criticism for that. So, if we are all in agreement that there are no perfect charities, here is my list of the charities that will be donated to. The money will be divided evenly between each of the charities listed below.
The civil war in the Southern Sudan of Africa has been going on for over 20 years and has just wound down. Are you kidding me? Can you imagine 20 years of little girls being raped and killed, young boys being forced into armies, and never, ever a chance to sit and enjoy a sunset without the fear your head is about to be blown off?
Well John Dau was one of those guys, and after finding the good life he decided to just help out back home in the Sudan. This is a favorite charity of Angela and Bradd so it will just have to be good enough for us too!
The money is going to the basics, learning to read, medical centers for real honest helpful medicine like stitching up someone’s leg, or removing a cataract so someone can see. Deal me in on this one!
2. FireFighters who became Burn Victims from the recent Fires in San Diego. The story simply goes that a man and his son were trapped in their rural home and four fire fighters went in to save them. One of the firefighters made it out o.k. but three of them were severely burned while saving the kid. The father unfortunately died. I believe that one of the hospitalized firefighters is out of the hospital now, but two of them are still in there about a half mile from my house. Here is the pilots story.
3. Wife of a FireFighter who died during the fire. This is a guy who worked with one of my patients as a Federal FireFighter. When only a few months from retirement he passed away the week of the fires. Unfortunately his widow, from what I have heard, will not receive his retirement because he was still a few months short. He did not die in the fire, so there is apparently no extra pay for passing while on duty. This one is also really close to home for me.
4. Criminon Quote from their website
“The rehabilitative technology employed by Criminon will some day soon be utilized by prison systems worldwide, as such methods represent the only true workable means to handle the burdensome criminal populations.”
Robert F. Henderson
Correction Captain New York State
Department of Correctional Services
I think the above quote just about wraps it up. They specialize in teaching criminals around the world good study skills, good ethics, communication skills, drug rehabilitation, and vocational rehabilitation. Bottom line they have great statistics on preventing criminals from returning to prison. You can read some of the individual success stories here.
5. I really like the way this charity is set up. It is called Wherever the Need. I wanted to find an charity in the Asian part of the world. This charity delivers money directly for projects, not just for a general charity. The one I picked is a school that has 3500 children and a 138 teachers but does not always have water.
They often can go days without water to do the basics like wash hands, dishes, or flush the toiltets. Personally I complain if we are out of butter, or the bread isn’t fresh or if Outlook crashes. Imagine not being able to flush the toiltet that that is being shared by 100′s of kids? I am ready to pay to here that flush. They simply need a water pump and a septic tank and they will be in business. The expected cost is £5,000. Not too much to ask for the safety of like 3000 kids?
If you disagree with any of the charities above, tough luck!
I am also going to set up some buttons on the registration if you want to make larger charity donations and either have them go to the general fund, or to one of the specific charities listed above.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanuka, Good Quanza, and have a fricken awesome Festivus! Shows you what a bad jew I am. I mispelled Hanuka so bad the spell checker couldn’t even figure it out! Peace.