December 3rd, 2007

piranha - merry christmas.

Christmas 2007

Dang, I just typed this whole entry up and lost it.

So cheerfully stealing Bryan's holiday tradition, I would like to make a special request this holiday season. If you were thinking of getting me a holiday gift this year - and, given how anti-social I've been the past few years, you probably weren't - please take whatever amount you were planning to spend and donate it to a charity. I have all that I need - and, realistically, most of what I want - but most charities are facing shortages in fund-raising and won't be able to provide for as many people as previous years, let alone all the families that have become impoverished in the past year.

Here are a few charities that I like to support:

Heifer International: http://www.heifer.org/
Give cute animals to needy families, providing a long-term solution to poverty and hunger. As families grow prosperous they pass this gift on to others.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara County: http://www.2ndharvest.net/
One of the local charities I support, they help feed the needy right here in San Jose.

Advancing Native Missions: http://www.adnamis.org/
Works with indigenous missionaries of the world to spread God's Word in their native language, and helping reach out to all the peoples of the world.

Kiva.org: http://www.kiva.org/
Gives loans to entrepreneurs in third-world countries so that can expand their business and improve their standard of living. When they repay their loan, you can use those funds to help someone else! I like that it's literally a gift that can keep on giving.