Today is Blog Action Day 2008. What does that mean? What’s it all about? Here is what their site has to say (http://blogactionday.org):
Blog Action Day is an annual nonprofit event that aims to unite the world’s bloggers, podcasters and videocasters, to post about the same issue on the same day. Our aim is to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion.
Global issues like poverty are extremely complex. There is no simple, clear answer. By asking thousands of different people to give their viewpoints and opinions, Blog Action Day creates an extraordinary lens through which to view these issues. Each blogger brings their own perspective and ideas. Each blogger posts relating to their own blog topic. And each blogger engages their audience differently.
Poverty is this year’s discussion, and I feel very passionate about this topic. As I have said before in this blog, I volunteer as a High School Youth Minister at my local church. We have studied helping those in need, and our first few projects of the school year have addressed the issue of poverty. Here are some of the charities we have supported or volunteered work:
- Society of St. Vincent De Paul Walk for the Poor (http://www.walkforthepoor.com)
- We will be spending Halloween Reverse-Trick-or-Treating (going house to house asking for donations of money or non-perishable food for our local food pantry)
- Participating in the SouperBowl of Caring (http://www.souperbowl.org)
- Donated money to KidsCaring4Kids. Any amazing charity lead by a 16 year old girl (Steve Ciesemier’s niece) that has raised over 1/2 million dollars for Aids Orphans in Africa (http://www.kidscaring4kids.org)
I would like to encourage you today to make a donation to one of the above charities, or find one of your own that helps to stamp out poverty in our world. Together, we can all make a difference!