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One of my oldest friends in the whole world, Cameron Hamel, is participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, as she has been doing for a number of years now. This year she's having a hard time making her goal amount so, since I am unable to donate, I figured I'd at least give her a hand pimping out her cause. If anyone can spare even a couple of dollars, it all goes to a GREAT cause! Thanks, folks!

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So, I'm sitting here watching The Dresden Files on Hulu, and one of their ads pops up. Usually I mute them and wait out the 30 seconds, but this one actually caught my attention enough for me to pay attention. Then pause it, and go explore the web for more info about the organization.

It's called SmallCanBeBig, and it's a microdonation site. What really caught me about it is two things. One, it's designed so that specific donations go to specific families in need, and two, it's based in Waltham and all the donations go to help families in Massachusetts. It's partnered with 10 local charity organizations. I did a little bit of digging around and only found good things about it.

Those who know me are probably quite well-versed in my opinions on charity organizations. I have a strong dislike of constantly being bombarded with "Please give to this charity to help the poor starving folks in 'insert X foreign country here'." I believe that we should help those that are poor and starving in our own neighborhoods, before we look beyond our borders. The elderly woman next door whose Social Security check doesn't cover her utilities, and she's shivering in the cold New England winters because she's keeping her heat set to 50, if she can turn it on at all. The family across town who are facing eviction because both parents have been laid off, or there is serious illness in the family. Domestic violence survivors trying to put their lives back together. There are thousands of stories like these right here at home, yet a lot of people don't think about it, and it breaks my heart.

These folks seem to have the same idea, and I thought it would be a nice thing to share. Sadly, as I'm currently a charity case myself there's not a heck of a lot I can do, but I figured I can at least help boost the signal for them a little further.
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As some of you know, I have a small wire crossed when it comes to my maternal instincts... Human babies are cute and fun, but much more interesting when they are someone else's and I can hand them back when I get bored, but if you want to see a grown woman dissolve into absolute fits of incoherent cooing and squeeing just show me a kitten. I'm always wanting to do something to help the animal shelters, but am too soft-hearted to be handle being in one for long. My own baby (the darling tabby I'm wearing as a hat in the icon) is a shelter rescue, and he is one of the best and sweetest cats I've ever had the joy of living with.

This morning I read about the Snuggles Project, which is an organization that donates handmade blankets to animal shelters. Think about it...so many of these poor babies were taken from their nice, comfortable homes, left by their families with no idea of why, and now live in tiny, cold metal cages. What better use for that old yarn that's been languishing in infamy in your stash because for whatever reason is deemed unusable (especially that scratchy old ball of acrylic that you won't use because it's so scratchy....the animals don't care if it's not cashmere and it's easy for to wash, since it doesn't felt) than to be made into a blanket for some poor cat or dog to lie on or make a little nest in and feel a little more at home?

I don't know about anyone else, but I've got a gigantic ball of dark green acrylic that will finally be hauled out and heading for someone's crate as a nice comfy blanket...

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