12.10.2006

Damn Do-Gooders

This is the season that, your heart is legally required to grow three sizes at least. No matter what you do or don't celebrate this season, it's pretty hard not to get caught up in all the astoundingly cynicism-free cheer and benevolence.

Recently, there's been quite a bit of this do-gooding around the blogworld. Come to think of it, I don't think it's in the spirit of the season at all. I think there are just some awesome people out there who just make the world a little brighter any time they get a chance. Also, they put the rest of us to shame. Bastards.

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Kristen of Motherhood Uncensored and Julie of Mothergoosemouse have created "Her Bad Auction," a series of raffles to raise money for muscular distrophy research. The name of the event refers to awesome Canuck blogmistress and one of my favorite human beings on this planet, Catherine of Her Bad Mother, whose nephew Tanner, is living with the disease. And while I haven't met him yet, from what I know about him, I think he'd be one of my favorite human beings on this planet too.

For tickets as little as $1 or $5 you can enter to win truly wonderful items-- high-end diaper bags, a custom Christmas stocking, handmade kids tees, books and cds, a full blog makeover, and hello...an ipod shuffle. All just in time to make someone's Christmas.

Most of all, Tanner's.

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I'm pleased that the blogHer ad network, of which I'm a part of--you know, because I'm a filthy, capitalist money-grubbing ad whore who pimps my daughter out for the millions of dollars I earn from the 100 square pixel ad in my right sidebar--is doing something rather unmoney-grubbing like. They're partnering with TheFind.com to help raise up to $10,000 for Doctors Without Borders, one of the greatest charitable organizations ever in existence. And bleeding heart that I am (yes, a bleeding heart capitalist ad whore, shut up), I am equipped to make such a statement.

Here's what you do: Very little.

Just go to TheFind.com and search for a term including the word "red": Red wines under $20. Red Red Wine lyrics. Clifford the Big Red Dog book. Photo of George Bush in lacy red garters. For every day you do this, they'll donate a dollar to Doctors Without Borders. So if you do it ten days in a row...wham, ten more bucks in the coffers.

By the way, each dollar raised? Equals one vaccination against measles or meningitis. So this is tangible stuff here. It takes you about 4 seconds and it literally can save a life.

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I don't know anyone who hasn't been touched by the story of the Kims, who lost their heroic, amazing patriarch, James, this week. I've read a lot of eloquent essays about the tragedy, online and off, but the ones that really wrapped around my heart and bullied their way up through my tear ducts came from dads Dutch of Sweet Juniper and Henri of Rice Daddies. Once you read what they've said, you'll see why I have nothing here to add, though I wish I could.

Consider taking a moment and making a contribution to the James Kim Memorial Fund, or simply sending a short note of condolence to the families.

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Dutch is definitely racking up the karmic points this week. He's put together his 2006 Holiday Shopping Guide for the Indie Sonofabitch Parent, an unbelievable array of indie artists, small businesses and e-shops that can keep you out of the big scary stores this season, while supporting the little guy and gal.

The insanely comprehensive (does this guy ever sleep?) list includes quite a few of our faves from Cool Mom Picks, which I can personally vouch for.

You don't even have to be a sonofabitch parent to check it out. Or all that indie, come to think of it. Although I still stand behind Dutch and his indie sonofabitch right to make jabs at Walmart at any given time.

(Okay, so I can't get through the season with absolutely no cyncism. But still, I think I did pretty well here.)


19 Comments:

Blogger MotherBumper said...

You did damn good for someone claiming cynicism. Here, here for your support of some many wonderful and important fund raisers. I've read many of the links you've outlined and had my little black coal heart melted ten times over. Thank you for spreading the word.

12/10/06, 8:17 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Chicky said...

Giving money to good causes, spending money at worthy vendors, man I love the holidays.

12/10/06, 8:38 PM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

What's the icon or whatever for I Love You And Want To Hug You Hard?

12/10/06, 9:52 PM  
Blogger Suzy said...

We followed the Kim story out here as if he was part of our family. I'm guessing the rest of the country did too. There's something so heartbreaking about a person who makes such a sacrifice for his family.

I'm going to the Doctors W/O Borders link now. I LOVE those guys.

12/10/06, 11:11 PM  
Blogger carrie said...

So many good links, I'll be up allnight!!! Thanks! ;)

Carrie

12/10/06, 11:24 PM  
Blogger Queso said...

Great post. I was going to write about some of this, but yours is just too fantastically and comprehensively well done. So I'm just going to link to you and go to bed. Thanks!

12/11/06, 2:51 AM  
Blogger doow said...

Being in the UK, I first knew of the Kim story from mentions on blogs I read. A quick search on the BBC news site shows that they reported the story when James was found. Thanks for the link to Dutch's post. We don't have such severe weather here, but now I just want to be double sure that people I love are travelling prepared.

12/11/06, 9:14 AM  
Anonymous mothergoosemouse said...

Thanks Liz - for the kind words and support of Her Bad Auction. If I may add one detail - we're also hoping that people will write letters to Tanner. Letter-writing information is included at the HBA site, and it's a great way to get kids involved in the spirit too.

That post by Dutch cracked me up. Wish I'd seen it before he pulled the picture of Juniper. Some people have no sense of humor...

Speaking of which, if you ever do find a pic of GWB in lacy red garters, you'd better post it for the world to see!

12/11/06, 10:20 AM  
Blogger jen said...

dude...you should have come to our wedding this weekend.

free champagne.

and yes, you are right. and yes, HBMA is very important. letter writing, MGM, yes.

12/11/06, 1:15 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

So now that I feel like I've done absolutely nothing for mankind this week... thanks for the post.

OK, now I'm on to find something to bid on...

12/11/06, 1:17 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

WHat a great post....ok, I'm off to follow the links now.

12/11/06, 2:46 PM  
Blogger Jess Riley said...

I am honored to know such a cool group of bloggers. You have the biggest hearts on the net!

("Bleeding heart capitalist ad whore." *snicker* I love ya, Liz.)

12/11/06, 3:15 PM  
Blogger Rock the Cradle said...

The story of the Kim family weighs so much more heavily now that I have a family. Thanks for the links. They gave me a much needed cry.

12/11/06, 5:30 PM  
Anonymous TB said...

I proudly wave my sonofabitch flag. I've finished my holiday shopping without stepping foot into a shopping mall or a large retail conglomerate. Yee-haw.

Dutch's James Kim post had me bawling my eyes out.

12/11/06, 6:03 PM  
Anonymous Y said...

I can not get over the comments on the Walmart post.

What.
The.
Hell?

12/11/06, 6:19 PM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

I just posted an entry just like this today! I'm glad that people are getting the word out there about all these great causes.

Now I'm off to Wal-Mart for their latest sale... (j/k)

12/11/06, 7:06 PM  
Blogger Lady M said...

I'm drooling over the cute plush creatures in Dutch's list. Thanks for the link!

The Kim Family story really affected me too. I'm working on improving our emergency kits, as if that could make things better.

12/12/06, 12:48 AM  
Blogger T. said...

I love your cynicism. Now I'm off to follow the links..

12/12/06, 12:40 PM  
Blogger sunshine scribe said...

You know you are a damn do-gooder too. Look at you promoting all the do-gooding. You do-gooder.

:)

12/13/06, 3:12 PM  

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