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Two Important Things to Ponder in the Season of Thanksgiving

I am thinking about 2 news stories that came out on the 15th of November 2009. I am thinking on the train ride to San Francisco where I am going to work with my IT person on the EBook fundraiser for UNICEF.

Children in Africa

Children in Africa

We are planning on publishing the recipe book of food love during Thanksgiving week and hope folks will ponder their giving on Black Friday (the huge pre-Christmas shopping day) and all throughout the winter season.

High points of Article #1:

“UNICEF: Poor nutrition is killing children, stunting growth” CNN headline about the UNICEF speech to the United Nations

  • “The report we have launched draws attention to the fact that 200 million children under the age of 5 in the developing world suffer from chronic undernutrition”
  • “Poor nutrition is one of the main killers of young children.”
  • “Reducing and eliminating malnutrition is feasible”
  • “Unless attention is paid to addressing the causes of child and maternal undernutrition today, the costs will be considerably higher tomorrow.”

High points of Article #2:
“U.S. Charities may not have a Happy Holiday.” Headline from MSNBC and the Associated Press

  • “Only 38 percent of Americans say they are likely to give charitable gift.”
  • “American charities have weathered a significant drop in giving this year, and while they’re hoping for a holiday miracle, a recent survey shows they will probably see a decrease in year-end generosity.”
  • “The nation’s most successful fundraising organizations expected to see their income decline by an average of 9 percent in 2009, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.”
  • “Times are doubly tough this year from many nonprofits because the need for their services is increasing at the same time donations are decreasing, but Nancy Brown, chief executive officer of the American Heart Association, said her organization is doing its best to cut expenses not services.”
  • “ Northwest Harvest, Washington state’s largest food bank, also reported volunteerism was up this fall while cash donations were down.”
  • “ Donations to charities with more of an international mission did not see the same boost in generosity that groups like food banks saw in 2009.”

I had no trick or treaters for UNICEF at my door this past Halloween – Did you? UNICEF: A children’s charity to offer aid to children and run by the United Nations. The USA pays for the administration in our donations to the UN but the children raise the money for UNICEF-food and vaccines.

I am thinking on these things as I ride on the train today and I think about the wonderful generosity of the folks to the Harvest Potluck Recipe book I am collating. These recipes are “food love” kinds of yummy – I think they are going to assist others in thinking about making a donation to UNICEF.

I want children to have a strong and healthy future – each contribution was a hope that our efforts will bring in good results for children.

I am thankful to for each contribution to the book and for children – It is a time for Thanksgiving indeed.

Thank you for this opportunity.

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11 Responses to “Two Important Things to Ponder in the Season of Thanksgiving”

  1. Talon Says:

    I commend you for your efforts, Patricia. There is so much need in the world of helping hands and hearts.

    It’s going to be a tough holiday season for a lot of families this year. There will be more and more people hoping for helpful hands and hearts.
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..The confused primrose… =-.

  2. Davina Says:

    I appreciate your efforts too Patricia. This obviously means a lot to you and it is a good thing to witness someone else’s passion. It is inspiring. I look forward to seeing the finished product… and cooking with it.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..A Yogi Twists A Business Pitch =-.

  3. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia – it is such a lovely idea that you’re putting together and I do hope you and IT bod are succeeding?! There is so much poverty out there ..

    but we need to educate people about the cruelty of the gang leaders, people who haven’t got the decency to think of others ..

    We can all help give kids a good start – Thanksgiving should be here every day – help everyone please …
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Iron Curtain or a rich Green Natural Wilderness =-.

  4. Cath Lawson Says:

    Your book is a great idea Patricia. It seems like not as many people can afford to give because they’re struggling themselves in the recession.

    People are struggling over here but from what I’ve read – it’s affected an even greater percentage of folk in the US.

  5. Patricia Says:

    Talon, Davina, Hilary, and Cath
    Geek Girl and I are hard at it – well I am making all the corrections she left for me to learn how to do while GGSF is off on a bike ride of wine country with her father! The sun is shining and I just watched Betsy – at Passing Thru- recommended Food, Inc. very good and scary stuff there.

    We are hoping to put the book up for a whole week – very soon – I am still just learning how but very encouraged now that I am here and can see just what I need to learn….and I am getting assistance with the coding details.

    Thank you all for dropping in and I hope this yummy request of a book will provide some funds for our future. Clean safe nutritious food is my hoped for outcome.

    Thank you all for you encouragement and support.

  6. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia – good to hear from you .. well done for learning all you’re learning. Good that the Geek Girl is out getting her exercise and energy back .. and the sun is shining – oh actually we had a very warm balmy sunny morning – 15 deg C .. is warm for November. It’s raining again now!

    Food is scary now-a-days .. fresh is best, grown locally .. it’ll be good to hear what you’ve learnt.

    Enjoy the experience .. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..What is a Persian Palette…? Turquoise, Seagreen, Magenta … =-.

  7. Mark Says:

    Tis a wonderful thing that you are doing.
    .-= Mark´s last blog ..Doing Good Versus Doing Nothing =-.

  8. Patricia Says:

    Thank you for coming by and adding more to the post once again. We just launched the eBook and now need to fall into bed…It has been quite an experience.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Harvest Potluck UNICEF Fundraiser =-.

  9. Patricia Says:

    Thank you – much appreciate being appreciated!
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Harvest Potluck UNICEF Fundraiser =-.

  10. jannie funster Says:

    This is so nice, Patricia. There is always so much to give, whether it is of our time, talent or treasure. Small things can mean a big difference in the lives of so many.


  11. Patricia Says:

    Thank you…XXOO to you who are so generous with your humor and fine spirits
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Harvest Potluck UNICEF Fundraiser =-.