Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Celebration of Humanity

On yet another of those reading jogs that takes me into corners of the Internet, I stumbled upon an article about a charity called "Need It Keep It". The idea is that you start with a dollar, enclose it and a letter about what the dollar is for, put both in an envelop and hand that to a complete stranger. So, if you get 20 dollar bills, you hand out 20 envelopes to 20 random people you meet somewhere. The letter says that you can keep the dollar or add to it and pass it along, but always pass along the letter. There are no strings attached to the dollar. If you need the dollar, keep it. The idea is that charity and giving are innate and make us feel good, that we are doing something during this economic time when so many are struggling.

If you go to the organization's web site,, and sign up, you can get a copy of the letter to go with the dollar.

So simple. Anyone can do this with any amount. As I poked around and signed up for their Facebook site, I discovered Yahoo has just done a story today about this. I'm sure there will be more. 5 dollar bills, 5 letters, 5 envelopes, 5 stamps and a phone book. I could do this. You would have no idea if your dollar hit someone really down on their luck or someone for whom money is no object to material goods.

I am reminded of "Hello Dolly". Dolly Levi says, "Money, pardon the expression, is like manure. It's not worth a thing unless it's spread around, encouraging young things to grow."

Beverage: Dr. Pepper


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