Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Internet Charity

I'm a sucker for easy charity: If I can give something to make a difference without getting terrifically involved, I'm all for it. That's why for years I've been "clicking" to various sites that promote assistance to various parts of God's creation. It began with the Breast Cancer Site. Because there is a lot of breast cancer on my wife's side of the family, we are deeply committed to doing what we can to fund research and prevention programs. Well the Breast Cancer Site is set up to help fund mammograms for women who can't otherwise afford to have them done. And all it takes is a couple of minutes and a few mouse clicks on the internet.

Maybe anyone looking at this blog knows about it, but for the odd person who may not, here's how it works: Go to this site. Click on the rectangle that says "Fund Free Mammograms. Click here daily. It's Free." You'll be taken to a page where you can do so online shopping if you like. But you don't have to shop and you'll have made a contribution to a worthy project. How it works is that sponsors (among them, the merchants and programs with clickable boxes on page 2) pay for each hit to the main site. If you scroll down on page 2, you'll find information about how many mammograms were provided the previous day. (There's also a button that you can click to see recent history of hits and accomplishments.)

The site is wonderful because you spend others' money on a worthy project. But wait, there's more.

On page 2, you'll find similar sites designed to aid different projects -- from free books for kids to food for rescued animals and protection of rain forest lands. You can click of them in turn, following the same procedure and by spending five minutes at your computer, you'll have done a whole lot of good. Do it every day when you boot up, and you'll do a whole lot of a whole lot of good. (I don't always remember to do so, so I've subscribed to an e-mail reminder service so that I remember at least twice or three times a week.)

I've tried to find out whether there is any scam associated with these sites, and I've turned up no information. So I proceed happily on the Gospel's claim that not everything that seems to good to be true is so.

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