Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Charity Time

Husband here...

I am not, as a rule, very charitable. But with the end of the tax year upon us, Wife and I decided to make some contributions on the 30th and 31st. So who did we contribute to, and why?

BU Law School: They did a nice job getting Wife a nice job. A gratuity seems appropriate.

Claremont McKenna College: My alma mater. Ethically, I probably still owe them for some...issues...that they could never quite pin on me or my friends. So technically this is debt service.

The Columbus Zoo: Every year, I adopt a black bear for Wife for Christmas. Why? Well, Columbus is my hometown, and my parents always adopted animals for me and my sister. Why a bear specifically? I don't even remember. But I sure liked bears a lot more after we went to Clark's Trading Post a few years back...though that was after the tradition started.

The Grameen Foundation: If you're going to try to help poor people, you should focus on REALLY poor people in the Third World, not relatively wealthy "poor" Americans. I like Grameen because it provides microloans, not handouts, so only virtuous, hardworking people are helped.

Heifer International:
Again, a place that helps genuinely impoverished foreigners. This place has some unfortunate hippy-drippy leanings, but I'm willing to look past that. What's important here is that they give the gift of meat...on the hoof.

American Snipers (formerly Adopt A Sniper): Dedicated to providing American military and police snipers with the tools the need to do their very important job: kill any impoverished foreigners who despite my other generous contributions still don't like us. What charity can you name that does more valuable work than that?


Stacey said...

Bwah! The snipers are the best. DH and I have been remiss in our giving for 2008. Perhaps if my bonus comes through this year he'll finally let me contribute to NPR. I only listen for 10+ hours a week and feel VERY guilty when the pledge drive comes around and I don't contribute...

mames said...

hey, i live down the street from the claremont colleges. my mama graduated from pitzer. and i have twins. small world.