my brother's have a really really funny joke that i plan for my birthday starting december 5th (my birthday is december 4th) HA. HA. HA? they just love razzing me and they take every opportunity, every family get together to mention that "hey, jenny's birthday is only 9 (or whatever) months away, we've got to get planning!" but this year i declare it here and now DO NOT GET ME ANYTHING. i certainly will not turn down gifts, my mother in law years ago imparted to me the wisdom that accepting a gift is blessing the giver so to refuse one is wrong. but! i ask, beg, plead with my loved ones here and now spend that money and effort wisely. here are some worthy places you might dole out your funds if the urge is too great.
Kiva.org is a website wherein you can safely loan money to the working poor for the sake of alleviating poverty. i will also note that this site is a finalist for theMembers' Project, a competition for a $1.5 million prize. if you are a member i urge you to go to kiva's website and vote for this project to win!!
this organization is most famous for sponsoring children but did you know you can do all of the following and more through them as well?($25 - $14489)
- donate animals to communities in need ($12 - $3590)
- provide clean water ($20 - $18000)
- give hope to children sold into the sex trade industry ($20-$2950)
- provide relief from the HIV/AIDS epidemic
- send children to school in africa ($16 - $22000)