Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Action Day: Poverty

Today is October 15. That means nothing to most people (except Yankees fans who actually know today is the anniversary of their 1st world series title ever). And unless its your birthday, it will probably pass by as just another day in your life. This is exactly why we at HHR are taking part in today's Blog Action Day. This year we focus on poverty.

Right up front: we run and write for a website that basically interviews people in great jobs, or shows nutshot videos, or some variation thereof. That means that we have time on our hands people. This in addition to our day jobs. We live in the lap of fucking luxury if you ask me. Our worst days are definitely someone else's best.

I don't know what it's like to experience poverty. I only think about it through the guilt I feel when I see someone on the street who is suffering and at some point am glad that isn't me. But see what I did there? I turned someone else's poverty into a story about me. That takes a priveleged life and a whole lotta gumption to do. But we do it all the time. Today can be different. It has to.

So what do we recommend? Doing the same thing we all do: make poverty a story about yourself. But do it so it shows what kind of person you want to be. Volunteer. Donate. Today, HHR wil be making a donation to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans. There are people on the street, people at risk, and people in cookie-cutter neighborhoods all in the throes of poverty. Whether it's crushing medical debt or being on fixed incomes that can't keep up with rising costs of food, gas, and rent - at some point it all contributes and leads to an endless cycle of decline.

So today, this fall (especially this winter), find a way to do something you've already been doing, and make the story of poverty a story about yourself.

Need ideas? Start here.

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Feel visit the sites of some of our friends who have also taken part in the day.

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2 comments:

kouji | haiku said...

interesting.

for my part, i turn to sites like freerice (rice donation), kiva (microfinance), and goodsearch (donation per search), as ways to help alleviate poverty online. i also put up their banners on my blog. :)

saw this post via the front page of blog action day. it's great that you're participating. :)

MoonDog said...

Man, great minds think alike. I was giving thought to a blogosphere wide fund raising drive to help charities.

Awesome gesture on your part - kudos for a truly significant act.