Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Reaching Out to Those in Need

Over the years, I've tried to do my part. I've tutored English to a woman from Thailand through the Literacy Council, donated and written letters to a young woman in Afghanistan through Women to Women, delivered Christmas trees to inner city churches, purchased Thanksgiving meals for struggling families, made gift baskets for the women's shelter...

So much pain out there, so little we can accomplish. It can be overwhelming at times.

These days I still have my causes and I've noticed that the ones I'm most passionate about are those that have touched my life in some way. A few:

1. The Milwaukee Rescue Mission - I have a close family member who lived on the streets. Homelessness is so sad.
2. Wildlife in Need - I've delivered countless birds to this organization for rehabilitation, including a Coopers Hawk I rescued from the highway by scooping it into my jacket. Note: they have incredibly sharp claws.
3. The Great Sunflower Project - I'm proud that I brought some attention to the project with this article in the Milwaukee Journal. Honeybees are disappearing at an alarming rate. Research is so important.

Consider giving. If you don't know where to begin, start at home, in your neighborhood, and expand out from there.
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