I already posted this update on my Facebook page, but I think I should share it with people who aren’t on my social media bandwagon:
A couple of weeks ago, after just one weekend blog entry, we raised over 17,000 dollars for poor people in Guatemala.
My brother and several of his Christendom College classmates are going on a Guatemala mission trip this month. They plan to spend their two weeks building a well for a local village, providing food and necessary supplies, and running a free medical clinic. I threw up a quick post asking my readers to consider pitching in a few bucks to help them finance these efforts, and you guys responded eagerly and enthusiastically.
17,000 dollars. Awesome.
Every dime of that will be going to providing fresh water, food, supplies, and medicine to those in need. You aren’t paying for plane tickets for college students here. This money goes right where it belongs.
I don’t want to wander too far off the tracks and turn this into a political statement, yet I can’t help but notice something. I often get into arguments about the Nanny State. I make my point that multi-trillion dollar entitlement programs aren’t necessary because Americans are charitable and generous on their own. We will take care of each other, if only the government would back away and let us do what needs to be done. In response, I’m usually informed that I’m far too optimistic (which is just about the only time I’ll ever be accused of such a thing). I’m told that the government needs to do “what Americans aren’t willing to do themselves.” I’m told that the poor will be left to whither and die without the government facilitating forced “giving.” I’m told that the churches have failed in their duty to provide for the less fortunate.
I’m told such things. And then I write one post — just one — saying, “hey, can you chip in to help build a well and buy some food for poor folks in Guatemala,” and what happens? Scores of readers say, “absolutely.” A few days later, we’ve raised 17 grand.
Seventeen thousand dollars won’t solve world hunger, but it’ll sure help a lot of people in a lot of ways.
In fact, I’d say 17,000 bucks is a pretty good haul, considering most of my readers are heartless, uncaring, poor-hating, right wingers.
For anyone who missed my original appeal and would still like to contribute a buck or two, use this link to my original post.