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Christmas: The old and the young
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, December 12, 2006

An interesting thing happened to my wife at her new job.

Her boss gathered the whole company together (its a small one) and handed each employee $200. He said, "this is for you to spend on Christmas, but not for yourself and not for your family or friends. I want you go out and help someone in need".

Neat. So for a week we've been casting about trying to figure out who to help. And when we finally decided, well, $200 just isn't enough.

Oh, I know, you can't cure the world's problems alone. And especially with $200. But hey, you can make a dent, even if it is small.

In a very libertarian fashion, we decided to help two private institutions. One which is a shelter for children and the other an old folks home.

The children's shelter is a natural. Kids alone at Christmas. You know, I have some of my fondest childhood memories of family and Christmas and literally can't imagine what these youngsters must go through at this time of the year. Magic is probably not a word they use often. We'd like to do our best to provide at least a little if we can. One look at their wish list and you can see their needs in just the basic things of life.

The staff there is wonderful and mostly volunteers. They have a mission in their volunteer work ... to make a difference in the lives of these kids. We can help them.

And the old folks. Let me tell you, as I get older I understand how much more I become "invisible" in our society. We simply don't treat our old folks as they deserve. I'm not going to launch into a lecture about any of that however. Instead, we're going to do something about it. We've adopted the last 5 in the home which hadn't been adopted for Christmas and we'll be buying them some gifts (and necessities) and visiting them on Christmas eve.

All that to say if you'd like to participate we'd welcome it. Hit the PayPal donation button to donate. We'll put your name on the card to both locations.

If you feel so moved, really anything will do. We're not asking for big bucks at all. A couple of dollars or whatever. And rest assured every penny will go to make Christmas just a little bit better in both places.

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Previous Comments to this Post 

I like Child’s Play. It sends toys, games, and cash to sick kids in children’s hospitals around the world. It’s run and founded by some gamers that do the webcomic Penny Arcade.

Also I would suggest taking a read of this post at A Secondhand Conjecture for a very interesting and capitalistic way to help those in need.
Written By: ChrisB
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We decided to go local. We’ve been to both places and are very impressed with those who work there and what they’re doing.
Written By: McQ
McQ - this is wonderful! How gracious of this company to get this ball rolling. If you don’t mind, I’m going to send this post in to the VBC for next week, hosted at j’s notes; it’s just right for the season.

Thanks so much for posting this, and thanks to the previous comments giving other worthy charities for me to check out.

Best blessings, and the most joyous of Christmases to you!

— Kat
Written By: Kat
How gracious of this company to get this ball rolling.
I thought it was a spectacular thing to do. And as my wife (who loves doing this sort of thing) said, what a nice way to start with a new employer.
If you don’t mind, I’m going to send this post in to the VBC for next week, hosted at j’s notes; it’s just right for the season.
Mind? Heck no. Thanks very much for the posting. We’re going to try to at least double the amount my wife’s boss contributed by the 20th (when we have to have the gifts/money to each place).
Best blessings, and the most joyous of Christmases to you!
Same to you.
Written By: McQ
Hey Bruce - nice work. I’ve already made my donations for the year - this years beneficiary was Operation One Voice.

But I’ll keep these in mind for futures targets. Thanks!

And Merry Christmas :)
Written By: meagain
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...this years beneficiary was Operation One Voice.
Great choice and one we considered.
Written By: McQ
We are helping Afghan orphans this year. That is a great idea your wifes boss had, Bruce.
Written By: Crusader
Good job all around.

Yours very truly,
Tom Perkins,
ml, msl, & pfpp
Written By: Tom Perkins
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What a lovely thing to do! I started requesting that people give to charities in my name rather than give to me several years ago. I have everything I need and I get a lot more [pleasure out of the donnationns than I get out of conventional presents. Heifer International is a great outfit if you want to help same farmers in the Third World. For animal lovers, Best Friends Sanctuary, your local shelter, or any pet rescue site on the web are all good places to donate. last year my boyfriend sponsored a chimapanzee in a refuge for abused research animals for me. This year I am continnuing the sponsorship of my chimp on my own and my boyfriend is sponsoring a Lebanese dog, a refugee from the war, in my name.
Written By: laura
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Great job Bruce and great job to your wifes company.

This time of year my donations go to something very similar to the one you chose, .

When I was still in business doing the street vending we would put out boxes at each of our stands, I had 10 at the time, and would let people know that if they so chose, they could put a toy in for the above place. The last year we did this, we filled two 25’ trailers and a van.

If you don’t hear from me before, my daughter is coming for Christmas!!!!, so you might not, have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

That goes for Jon, you asshat, and Dale too.

Written By: Jamie
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This just goes to prove that you’re all really Democrats beacause you’re too nice to be anything else. (That’s what my liberal friends say.)
Written By: Unknown
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Just like Christmas, a lot of the joy of love is found in the giving.
Written By: Lamar Cole
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