One good deed.

Also, if you live near me, I may come over and do this with you.

There’s this thing that I hear all y’all young folks (and some of the older ones too?) are doing, like, all the time. Texting? Is that what you’re doing with your opposable thumbs and the little buttons on your cellular phone devices? Texting?

All righty then. Here’s a 30 second, two-coffees-and-a-scone good deed that you can do with your thumbs: Donate $10 to Unicef to help with famine relief efforts in the Horn of Africa. (And if you can’t swing that right now — and lord knows, I’ve been there — just pass the message on. You know someone who can help, but they may not know how).

“The earlier we act, the more children we can save. Americans are a generous people, and a little goes a long way — just $10 can feed a child for 10 days,” said Caryl Stern, president of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

To help UNICEF’s efforts, text “FOOD” to 864233 to donate $10 from the United States or visit the website. Follow this link to make a donation from other countries around the world.

If you want to learn about more ways you can help (personally, I donated to Mercy Corps), CNN has gathered some good information (the story is illustrated with one kind of sad picture of a family, but nothing horrifying – don’t be afraid to click) : Famine in East Africa: How you can help.

If you want to learn more about the famine, here’s NPR’s report from earlier today: Bill Frist: In Somalia, The World Is Responding But The Need Is Greater. (Frist just came back from a fact-finding mission that he led with Jill Biden, and I tell you what: I forgive him everything he did surrounding the Terri Schiavo case now). There’s one picture, mildly horrible. But then, so’s the famine. According to Frist, 29,000 children under the age of five have died in the last 90 days.

IF YOU MAKE A DONATION AND CAN PROVE IT – let me know! And if you send your email or snailmail address to elhauser [at] hotmail [dot] com, I’ll pop a little something in the mail to you — a nice quote, a funny comic strip, something to give you a wee smile when you go to the mailbox.

And please, please: Help if you can, and spread the word.



  1. emily

     /  August 17, 2011

    Donation made to UNICEF! I’ve been meaning to find a charity to donate to for a little while, thanks for the push, it was what I needed.