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Spotlight on Website: Greater Good January 12, 2014

Here’s a free website that allows you to help others, no account required. Greater Good is a site entirely dedicated to money donations for, well, the greater good. It sells fair trade items and donates percentages of your purchases to great causes. Each day they have a different project- today’s was getting 24 children to a hospital by way of donations and free-clicks-to-donate. In the past, Greater Good has done a lot of good with their clicks. Greater Good

Here are some of their click-to-donate successes.

They have:

  • provided 6 months of care to an orphaned moose
  • sent an orphan to school for 5 months
  • given a sea lion food for a month
  • matched 5 veterans with pets that will help them
  • fed 4,000 seniors
  • donated toys to children in the developing world
  • built ‘castles’ for shelter cats

And many more! Want to get in on the action? All you have to do is check out  Greater Good. It has many sub-sites such as The Hunger Site, The Literacy Site, The Animal Rescue Site and The Breast Cancer Site, all dedicated to the special causes that their names suggest.

With just one click, you can do things like:

  • give free food to an animal shelter
  • give a woman with breast cancer a mammogram
  • donate a book to a child in need
  • fight hunger and poverty every day
  • save land in a forest
  • help wildlife

And it’s freeAll you have to do is click a simple button. I love free click websites, because it’s so easy and you can do it every day. Free clicks are a great way to help whatever cause you want, like breast cancer help, encouraging literacy, or feeding the homeless. I have enormous respect for the donors who give the food/books/mammograms/etc when anyone clicks.

You can also sign up for a daily reminder. Each day, they will send you a email telling you to click the free buttons.

Don’t forget to click at care2.com as well! We’ve made a previous post about it.

greatergood.com

thehungersite.greatergood.com

Ceej

 

Stopping Disease March 3, 2013

Filed under: Health,Helping the Homeless,Public Safety — ashtheauthor @ 11:33 pm
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Ever since Andrew Wakefield published his infamous 1998 paper in The Lancet linking vaccines to autism, not as many people have been getting vaccinated against diseases such as chicken pox and measles. Now, this man has been proved false, but once this worry was set in our minds it has never left. People who have compromised immune systems and therefore cannot vaccinate themselves are getting chicken pox and some life-threatening diseases.

Excuses among the non-vaccinated include lies such as “What do you mean? Nobody gets that disease any more!” and the infamous “I didn’t want my children to get autism.” There are others, too, such as “I don’t have the money for a vaccine,” but if everyone but the people with compromised-immune systems and the less-fortunate got vaccinated, these diseases would surely die out, at least in wealthier countries.  This is called ‘herd immunity.’

I, myself, find it saddening that many people, at least where I live, are deciding that they don’t need vaccines.

In shutting vaccines out, they are putting the homeless and people with compromised immune systems at risk and letting diseases, deadly at not, back in.

Nik, Author at Bonsai

 

 

Ways You Can Help the Homeless March 1, 2013

Filed under: Battle Poverty,Helping the Homeless — mochi @ 12:00 pm
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Homeless Street People

I often see people on the streets, holding cardboard signs and walking back and forth. They are asking for money most of the time. If not money, they ask for anything, anything you can do for them.

You shouldn’t be afraid of homeless people just because they’re homeless- you should treat them with caution but respect, like you would any stranger while you were walking down the sidewalk. After all, they are people too and they don’t deserve the hate or misfortune that they’ve gotten. There are some bad homeless people, but there are also some bad homeowners, and I don’t think we should instantly connect the word “homeless” with evil, scary, bad, lazy, or any other insults. There are good apples and bad apples with every group.

I often wish to do something for them- give them money, maybe, or just hope that one day their life will get better. Sadly, homeless people don’t always benefit from money. It is better to give them a prepaid gift card to Target or some other convenience store so that they will be exposed to helpful, necessary items and not bad choices that may appear in a land full of uncertainty and poverty.

Giving gift cards isn’t the only thing you can do though. If they have a pet with them, you can give it some food. You can also give the owner some food. I suggest carrying around a couple of paper bags filled with vegetable sticks, water, maybe a peanut-butter sandwich, string cheese, an apple, and other healthy items with you so that when you see a homeless person asking for help, you can give them something to fill their stomach. Something that will be helpful to them, even though it’s only a bit, something that will show them you care. Let your parents pass it through the car window or give it to them when you walk by, and always remember to tell them what is in it and ask if they’re allergic.                                                           Brown Bag Lunch

 

If you see someone who looks impoverished or homeless in a certain neighborhood, city, or area and they come there regularly, you can alert any soup kitchens or organizations nearby that this person might need help. Sadly, some people are homeless because they are mentally ill, and therefore it is hard to help. However, there are programs specially designed to help the mentally disabled and challenged and by alerting them, you will be showing that person the way to a place where they can get what they need.

You can organize food drives for your local food bank, volunteer at a soup kitchen, or raise money to buy many gift cards and go distributing them all over your town. Whatever you choose to do, we at Bonsai will be very proud of you for stepping up and making the world a better place.

Homelessness is a big issue where I live, and in many other places in the world. Even if it is a small thing you do to help a homeless person, it will still bring a smile to their face or put food in their stomach.

Thank you for supporting those who may not be able to support themselves.

 

Ceej, Vice President of Bonsai

 

 
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