On behalf of myself, Smithee, and Tom Dziubek, to all those who celebrate today, have a happy Thanksgiving. I will be spending the day with my girlfriend’s family in New York. Although there’s nothing that makes one day of the calendar inherently more special than any other day, Thanksgiving is a good opportunity to think about all the good things in our lives.
One thing that often comes to my mind is the fact that I am only one person among almost 7 billion on Earth and 337 million in the United States. Somehow, I beat the odds and was born in this country and have had countless opportunities generally unavailable to most people in the world.
Between now and the end of the month (now extended to December 4), Consumerism Commentary will be matching any charitable donations you make up to $4,000 total. Feel free to give to a charity of your choice, let us know, and Consumerism Commentary will make a matching contribution to the World Food Programme through its American branch, the Friends of the World Food Program. The objectives of the World Food Programme are to save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies, prepare for emergencies, restore and rebuild lives after emergencies, reduce chronic hunger and undernutrition everywhere, and strengthen the capacity of countries to reduce hunger. The Friends of the World Food Program is rated highly by Charity Navigator.
Here is an excerpt from the organization’s Mission Statement:
WFP is the food aid arm of the United Nations system. Food aid is one of the many instruments that can help to promote food security, which is defined as access of all people at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. The policies governing the use of World Food Programme food aid must be oriented towards the objective of eradicating hunger and poverty. The ultimate objective of food aid should be the elimination of the need for food aid.
Targeted interventions are needed to help to improve the lives of the poorest people – people who, either permanently or during crisis periods, are unable to produce enough food or do not have the resources to otherwise obtain the food that they and their households require for active and healthy lives.
For Consumerism Commentary to match your donation, give to a charity of your choice between Thursday, November 26 and Friday, December 4, 2009, and email your receipt to charity at this domain (consumerismcommentary.com) by Monday, December 7, 2009. I will not use your personal information contained on the receipt for any purpose, and you’re free to remove your personal information if you like. Please note that if we reach the maximum of $4,000 before December 4, I won’t be able to match any subsequent donations.
Donation update: As of December 5 we have received confirmations of contributions totaling $3,584 which, when combined with Consumerism Commentary’s matching donation to the World Food Programme, add up to a total donation of $7,168.
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Updated December 20, 2011 and originally published November 26, 2009.