So as the world bids adieu to the first tenth of the twenty-first century, the passage of time brought good and bad. Rather than doing a list, I'd like to concentrate on a very narrow section of one major topic, the economy.
All I want to say here is how important it is to remember the charities you believe in. Donating money, time, or product to a good cause should be about causes you care about. Everyone has been affected by the economy, so I made an effort this year to spread the wealth, which I have none of. But what I have, I make sure it goes around. In particular, I will admit that I donate a large percentage of my donations to one particular group of organizations, those who help fight cancer. But that is what I care about, so that is where my money will go. So with that, here is the list of organizations I donated to in 2009.
- The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: This hit my family, so they get my support. Also, special thanks to @ChasRunner and @BettyJoan who ran with Team in Training programs for the benefit of LLS.
- The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins for all the support and care they provided my family.
- LiveStrong: I have worn the yellow wristband everyday for the past 5 years or so.
- SOC Enterprises where I volunteer as a member of the board as they work to help mentally challenged persons gain employment.
- The University of Maryland, College Park where I received a great education. In this bad economy, do we want to see an eligible student not go to a college because they can not afford it? Maybe this generates the person who cures cancer.
I'm sure there are others I've missed, as I've dropped off loose change or cash to the buckets, boots, and boxes all across the region. For many of you, the donation could mean a tax deduction. But for everyone, just remember to donate to causes you care about.
Happy New Year to All and let's hope for a better 2010 for everyone.