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Month: December 2010 (page 3 of 3)

USO

I love charities that support our troops and the USO is one of the biggest and best of these charities.  Since today is the 69th Anniversary of the day that will live in infamy, I felt it was appropriate to showcase the USO.  Help bring a little bit of home to our wonderful men and women who keep us safe.

Reminder….

Just a very quick reminder that the site is still looking for charities to mention in our Twenty Days of Charities blogging.  Please comment below to add your charity!

Toys for Tots

One of my favorite charities – Toys for Tots has been around since 1947 and was adopted by the Marine Corp in 1948.  This is an amazing charity and totally worthy of whatever you can give.

Hope Safe House

Hope Safe House is right here in Racine.  They do wonderful work with rescuing animals.  Even if you can’t donate money to them, please keep this in mind:  Don’t purchase a dog or cat from a pet store – no matter what they say, that dog is coming from a puppy mill.

Smile Train

I’ve written about Smile Train before (see here and here ).  It is a wonderful organization that does teriffic work.  When you’re thinking about where to send your charitable dollars, think about Smile Train.

Smile Train

Sarah Palin and Tax Cuts

On December 1st, Sarah Palin tweeted the following:

“Pls refer to Jan.1 tax changes appropriately: they’re OBAMA TAX HIKES & they’ll slam every American’s savings, investments & job opportunity”.

On December 2nd, she tweeted this:

“Dear Sen.Gregg:Yes, Obama’s tax policy means “generating massive revenues” but that means govt will engage in massive spends;that’s not good”

and this:

DC politicians: Trust businesses & families to spend our own hard earned $ wiser than you can spend it; I’ll tune in Obama Tax Hike talk…”

and this:

“today from here in Iowa @ book signing;No doubt hard working Iowa residents will agree that Obama Tax Hikes (29 days from now) will slam ’em”

And, she’s wrong. These aren’t Obama’s tax hikes – they’re President Bush’s. Like it or not, the Republicans in Congress didn’t have the 60 votes necessary to make the tax cuts permanent. And, now, those tax cuts are expiring. According to PoliticFact, my tax percent will be raised to 28% and someone who makes twice as much as I do, will pay the same percent in taxes. Isn’t that nice?

Apparently, despite what Glenn Beck says about making stuff up, you can just make stuff up and still have people listen to you.  It’s a shame that Palin’s 322,396 followers will just believe what she tweeted.  They won’t look to see if what she’s saying is true.  Nothing upsets me more than someone just making stuff up and spouting it as if it were actual fact.  I cannot believe that there are Americans in this country who are so enamored with this woman that they made her book number two on the New York Times Best Seller list.  (I know, I was shocked to find that her followers can read, but maybe it has a lot of pictures in it.)

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

I’m sure you all know the story of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, right?  Danny Thomas prayed to St. Jude – the saint of hopeless causes – to help him along in his career.  St. Jude always came through to him and Mr. Thomas made a promise to build a shrine to the saint.  And, he did.  In 1962, he opened St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a place where no child is ever turned away for not being able to afford the care.

You can read the whole story about Mr. Thomas and St. Jude here.  You can go to the donation page here.  Or, click the image below to be taken to St. Jude’s website.

St. Jude Research Hospital

Child’s Play

This is my favorite charity. I love giving money every Christmas knowing that a sick kid will get a present that just might bring a smile to his or her face for just that little bit. I’m grateful that my beautiful grandsons are such healthy little guys. When they get a little older, I’ll teach them about this charity. Click the picture below for more info.

Child's Play Logo

Wildlife in Need Center

The very first charity post comes from my friend, Jerri, with the following:

How about Wildlife in Need. This is the group that took the sick raccoon we found. Their services are free, they operate on donation only. Great staff, caring and compassionate.

The Wildlife In Need Center is near Delafield, WI. Click on the image below to access their website.

Wild Life In Need Center

Merry Christmas!

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