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.
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.