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CHARLAINES FAVORITE CAUSES AND CHARITIES
I know all of you have charities or causes that you prefer because you think theyre doing a great job helping people, either directly or indirectly. Here are a few of mine, and Ill tell you why I think theyre great.
Cameron Titus, haunted by a YouTube video of a group of Joplin, Missouri tornado survivors stranded in a small convenience store's cooler, decided to take action and came up with an original idea to help raise money for Habitat for Humanity -- to help the victims of the recent tornado destruction around our nation. Despite his tender age, he decided to write a small children's book, in hopes to encourage donations for those in need. So with his in mind, we'd like to invite you to join Anna anteater, Kaitlin kangaroo, and other alphabet animal friends in this whimsical, tongue-tangling, lesson on the alphabet.
Doctors Without Borders (Medicins Sans Frontieres)
DWB (MSF) is an international organization that crosses the borders of any country to offer medical and humanitarian aid in the event of any disaster, including famine and war. Members of Doctors Without Borders are doctors, nurses, logistics staff, and sanitation engineers. This is a great, great organization.
Habitat for Humanity helps low-income families obtain their own homes. Through donations of materials and labor and sometimes land families who have applied and been selected through a screening process are enabled to build their home, helped by a mixture of volunteers, both skilled and unskilled. The families are required to put in hours of work, so when the homes are completed theyll have the skills to make basic repairs themselves. Habitat really works, and its a great way for people without much time to donate a morning here and there to help in a wonderful cause. Lots of church groups turn up to help when a Habitat house is going up in their vicinity.
You should click on this link and read the fascinating history of this organization. Youll be enlightened about the history of animal rights in this country, and about the strides the ASPCA has made in its struggle to improve the lot of Americas animals. As deeper thinkers than I am have remarked, the way we treat our animals says a lot about our society.
Please have your pets neutered.
To people whove been watching all the CSI programs on TV for years, this will come as a shocker: not all crime labs are clean and beautiful with up-to-date equipment. And most crime labs in America are backed up to the choking point with cases that cant be processed because there isnt enough money for more qualified personnel to do the processing. For example, until very recently Arkansas was FOUR YEARS BEHIND in processing evidence on some cases. When you or someone you love has been the victim of a crime, do you want justice delayed because of a personnel shortage? This organization is just getting off the ground, but I think its goals are worthy, and I think we can help.
® 2012 Charlaine Harris