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Skip a Latte Wednesday

18 Jan

We’re coming back to my series that I did a whole ONE of so many years ago!  It really is exciting to give you information on organizations that could use your $5.00 more than the coffee shop on your Wednesday morning.  planned-parenthood

This week is an organization that provided most of my health care while I was not covered by insurance.  That organization is Planned Parenthood.  They helped me find discounted lady’s wellness visits, cure my strep throat, educated me on new forms of birth control that existed since I’d initially learned about it in high school, and just generally helped me to remember the maxim that you should never, ever Google your symptoms when most appointments with their nurse practitioners can be acquired on the same day.

I am a woman who has never found herself in reproductive crisis.  I am a woman who has found herself in financial situations where I’m certain I would’ve let continue longer than they did had I not had a place where I could go that asked me, “what can you afford to pay for your visit today?”

Planned Parenthood is an important, established people’s health clinic.  Giving money via their website here will ensure it gets distributed nationwide.  To give to your local branch, simply go into the office and ask them if you can make a donation.  Minimum one time or monthly gift is $5.00.  Consider doing so and skipping that overpriced coffee today!

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Skip a Latte Wednesday: Emancipate

4 Dec

“In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free – honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. Other means may succeed; this could not fail. The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just – a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless.”        ~Abraham Lincoln

Emancipation could not fail.  It had to happen.  I feel in a lot of ways in my American culture, generosity cannot be allowed to fail either.  In so many ways our clothing of freedom, grace, and humanity has become tattered because of our lack of generosity to our fellow man.

It’s something that’s been beaten to death really: the internet gives us so many chances to be critical of others, of ourselves.  We can call someone’s boobs fake, someone’s ass huge, and someone’s shiny car pretentious.  We can lambast someone’s ideas which to them make them feel free.  We can also silently pine over dogs, boyfriends, even lives which are better than ours through the window that social media gives us into our friend’s lives.

I want you to take a moment and think about someone in your life who is very generous.  They give of their time, talents, even money to help others have a spectacular day.  If you’re like me the first person to pop into my head is much, much older than myself.  You see?  Because generosity is a dying art.

Welcome to my first in a series I’m calling “Skip a Latte Wednesday,” where we forego 1 cup of America’s most acceptable addiction in favor of doing good with that five dollars.  This month I’ll be showcasing some worthy charities and hopefully our collective five dollars can make a difference around this time of year.  This first week, perhaps, is the most personal of the weeks.

Take some time to read about a cash money challenge given by a minister in Sherborn, Massachusetts:  http://www.wbur.org/kindworld/2013/12/03/a-ministers-challenge-use-this-gift-for-good

Now some of you might be thinking a bit revolutionarily here: I want you to actually get five dollars cash money.  And I want you to do this by the end of this week.  I want you to place that five dollars cash money separate from any of the other cash money you keep in your wallet.  In a different pocket if you don’t carry a wallet.  And here’s what I want you to do with it: keep your ears and eyes open for a way to bring generosity into someone else’s life.

I’ve only got one rule for you: it can’t be passive.  Sure it’s nice to buy the next cup of coffee in line at the drive through coffee place.  Also, it’s nice to drop a five dollar tip into the jar at the sub shop.  But with this five dollars.  This Lincoln’s picture, I want you to actually hand it to someone as a gesture of generosity.  Be creative.  You don’t have to say anything about why you have it, or you can tell them something about why you do, or why you’re participating.  I leave it up to you.

Be generous.  I dare you.  Be generous in a tangible, personal way.  Share your stories if you like.  But do it.  You’d be surprised what a difference five dollars can sometimes make.

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