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Helping Haiti

Photo by Matthew Marek/American Red Cross

My heart is really hurting for the people of Haiti. Imagine that you are pulled from the rubble that was once your home only to find that you have no access to medical care, food, water or shelter and that a quarter of your friends and family are either dead or missing. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around.

Photo by Pan-African News

Donate what you can, even if it’s only $10. Remember that everything counts in large amounts. Small donations from millions of people make all of the difference.


Here’s a list of reputable charities:

International Foundation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Doctors Without Borders




Operation USA

International Medical Corps

Partners In Health

Direct Relief


Help Urangoo

h3Urangoo Baartarkhuyag is a 24 year old Mongolian woman living in Provo, UT. She was recently diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) and must have a bone marrow transplant… like, NOW. Without the transplant she will die within the next 6 months. The transplant weighs in at a hefty $350,000.

Just yesterday I had an experience where I almost had to choose to go untreated for a hickup concerning my thyroid cancer because it would cause me to be booted from the study which pays the bill for my $4,000/month leukemia medication. Ultimately I did not have to be treated and therefore make that choice. I honestly can’t believe that our country just allows people to go untreated to the point of dying.

So let’s give the system the middle finger and help Urangoo get that transplant. Stop what you’re doing and donate some dough. If you’ve got $20 bucks to spare, awesome. If you’ve only got $5, that’s awesome too. Be part of something bigger than yourself.

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Goats 4 Hockey

ethiopian-kids15I caught this awesome story while listening to NPR on the way to work this morning.  Joel Nagtegaal and a couple of other Vancouver Canucks fans decided to donate a goat to Kenya to mark each win, hoping to donate 16 goats total. But after the creation of a facebook page and website, others got involved and the effort quickly spun out of control, bringing their current goat count to 956!  According to their post on Monday, you can still get involved.  Oh and I love their slogan: Facial Hair For World Peace.

From their ABOUT US section:

With the Vancouver Canucks set to make a deep run into the play offs, we are looking for something that will help drum up support in areas of the world where they play hockey with one piece sticks that are literally just sticks… and use empty turtle shells as pucks. Well… probably. Anyways, since it is tradition that during the play offs we grow a play off beard or a goatee, the goal is to buy a goat for a family living in poverty for every Canucks win. That’s 4 goats per round x 4 rounds = 16 goats. Each goat is $25 for a total of $400. A small price to pay for winning the Cup. The more people that get in on this, the cheaper it will be. Also, if Vancovuer wins the cup we are buying a village an elephant. If you don’t have money, or facial hair, that’s okay. Then just join the group for fun and support.

One for One

I stumbled upon this wonderful company and their wonderful shoes.

For every pair of shoes that is purchased by a consumer like you, TOMS will give a pair to a needy child. According to their site, they have given 10,000 pairs of shoes to children in Argentina and another 50,000 to children in South Africa. Their goal is to donate 200,000 pairs globally.

Besides being a wonderful cause, the shoes are super cool. And they even have a vegan line.

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