Normally, I like to push your buttons and see just how much you can take, Interwerbz. But today…today it’s about giving. (Holy Mother of Moon Pies that sounds like a line taken straight out of a Lifetime made-for-TV-movie or a really bad seventies porno. I guess it doesn’t matter since I inevitably end up gagging at the end of both.)
Spoiler alert: I’m not buying any presents this year. Ok fine, I got Rocco something, but I think that was covered in our vows. How did they go again? Something like…do you promise to love, honor, and buy Christmas presents for each other – even if it’s just a pair of $3 boxer shorts because you tossed the pair he blew out with a massive fart accompanied by maniacal laughter on the couch last week?
What? That’s way better than saying the “obey” thing.
Focus, Elly. No more late night caffeine for you. What the hell are we talking about again?
Oh yeah! Charity! That’s what we’re doing instead of presents this year. ‘Cause frankly, other than a pair of gloves, some new underwear, a book deal, and a diamond encrusted ukulele, we don’t really NEED anything this year. So you’ll find below a quick list of some organizations that warmed my cold, cold heart this year. (But not my toes. Those things are about to freeze right off.) Just in case you want to do a little something extra for the world. *nudge, nudge*
And for those of you that don’t have any extra this year, for those that don’t have enough, scroll on down and visit Jenny. She’s full of holiday magic.
The mission of this group is so profoundly simple and true it can’t be described as anything other than brilliant. It’s for kids. With cancer. Kids that can’t really elocute what they’re going through. Each time a kid get a blood transfusion, they get a red bead. When they get chemo, they get a white bead. And then they have this physical symbol of what they’ve been through, something they can feel and weigh and see. And I’m getting all weepy. You know what? Here’s a news piece CBS did on the organization. Prepare to cry.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I adore this group. As much as I like hearing people are sending money to cancer research organizations like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, LiveStrong, or Stand Up to Cancer (and I really, really do!), I love the idea of preventing cancers even more. My cancer? It had no genetic cause. It was strictly environmental. So I’m all about an organization that’s fighting to protect me from lead in my lipstick and BPA’s in my tupperware.
This organization uses the language of soccer to educate young people about HIV and AIDS, teaches them how to make healthy decisions, avoid risks, and build support networks. They also improve the lives of those already infected by reducing the stigma of AIDS and the resulting discrimination. Prevention, people. I’m all about it. That’s why I carry around a lighter and a can of hairspray at all times.
Yesterday Jenny offered Amazon gift cards to the first twenty people that asked for help. “If you’re struggling for money right now and don’t know how you’ll give your kids presents… just leave me a comment and your email address (always hidden and never used) and I’ll email a $30 Amazon gift card to the first twenty people who leave a comment explaining why it would make a difference in their lives right now.” So why don’t you saunter on over there and offer to send a gift card, too? You’re guaranteed it’ll go into the hands of someone awesome because they’re a Jenny fan. Man I love it when bloggers get all uppity and do good things.
Speaking of which, don’t forget to order your calendar of naked bloggers while there’s still time.