December 16, 2009

Happy Holidays!


Miss Do-Gooder is off to Merry Old England for Christmas. She'll be sure to bring you back some roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, and wishes you all a very happy holiday.

MDG

December 14, 2009

If Anyone Deserves a Thank You Card This Holiday Season ...

Kudos to the folks at Xerox for coming up with a neat way to send holiday wishes to U.S. troops serving overseas. I’ve broken it down into three easy steps.

1. Go to http://www.letssaythanks.com/ and select one of the 78 adorable postcards, each one hand-illustrated by a budding artist age 3 to 15.

2. Click on one of the 10 pre-written "thank you" messages or feel free to embrace your inner poet and write your own sentiments. Add your name and hometown (I combined two steps into one here - it's the MDG reader bait 'n' switch).

3. Hit “send”.

Xerox will then print your card and get it to a U.S. soldier abroad in a care package arranged by military support organization Give2TheTroops.

Artwork from this talented group of youngsters include David’s “From Coast to Coast We Give You All Thanks,” Alyssa’s U.S. Soilder’s Rock” (it's the punctuation that makes it cute), Clay’s simple, but effective, “I Miss You,” and Donari’s “Thank You for a Life of Liberty.” Good luck choosing!

It doesn’t matter whether you’re pro war or anti-war, these brave soldiers need to know that we’ve got their backs.

December 10, 2009

Ellen BeGenerous

Earlier this week, Bono wanted you to send a holiday card to President Obama. Now, Ellen is teaming up with Toys for Tots in your community, and asks that you drop off a new, unwrapped toy at your local Pier 1 store. We have a celebrity holiday charity bonanza on our hands.

Anyway, if you're out shopping for whatever the “it” toy is this year (I have a feeling it's a fake hamster, natch), please consider picking up something extra for a needy child. It’s for a great cause.

Here’s a list of a few things you cannot donate:

-Toys with a military theme or anything weapon-related (sorry, GI Joe)
-Toys with candy
-Used toys (toys must have tag)
-Toys containing chemicals

All of which is great, because it means you get to keep all of the really fund stuff - the highly caloric, artificial weaponry -- for yourself. The program runs through December 24.

December 7, 2009

How U(2) Can Help Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

Bono still hasn't found what he's looking for, so he's kindly requesting that you add one more person to your holiday card list this year: President Barack Obama. Well, actually his organization ONE is asking you, but mentioning Bono allows me to litter this story with song titles just for the hell of it.

Click here to send a greeting “card” requesting that the president support the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in his fiscal year 2011 budget request to Congress. How much support, you ask? $1.75 billion; all of which helps get AIDS drugs, anti-malaria bed nets and TB treatment to people who would otherwise go without. And there are a lot of them. Since 2001 the Global Fund has saved 4.9 million lives in 140 countries.

Even better, for every $1 that the U.S. invests, its international partners provide at least $2 to help treat these deadly but treatable diseases. That's considerable bang for the U.S. taxpayer buck. So while we're doing this with or without you, it would be great if you could send a letter before New Year's Day so we can get some silver and gold to those who need it most. It could be a beautiful day for them, and all because of you. (OK, I'm done now).

December 3, 2009

Charity is the Soul of Twit

Attention, tweeters. TwitCause just announced their cause of the week (a new one every Thursday!). Drum roll, please….The winner is Defy Thirst, an organization that provides clean water worldwide to people who need it (they might want to have a chat with Miss Do-Gooder's landlord about the brown crap that comes out of the fawcett in her bathroom on a semi-regular basis).

Here’s how to show your support. If you don’t have a
Twitter account already, sign up. It’s easy. Just do a google search for “setting up a Twitter account” and you’ll be tweeting in no time. Or, even better, just go to www.twitter.com and follow their instructions. If you've set up a Facebook, Linked In, or MySpace page, trust me, you can handle Twitter. Rocket science it's not.

If you already have an account, simply follow @TwitCause and each week you’ll be notified of their cause of the week. Then all you have to do is RT the cause and/or follow the featured cause to show your support. You can also vote for your favorite cause and maybe, just maybe it’ll become the next TwitCause.

December 1, 2009

Puppy Love

Dog lovers, get your virtual pens out and sign the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)'s petition to put an end to the abusive puppy mill industry. (It's the industry that's abusive, by the way, not the puppies. The puppies are non-abusive.) The petition is part of the HSUS's third annual National Puppy Mill Action Week, which runs from November 30-December 6. You can go here to sign the petition, which takes less than a minute to complete.

And please consider adopting or rescuing your next dog from a local animal shelter or rescue group rather than buying one from a pet store. If we all do that, we'll send the puppy mills into well-deserved obsolescence.