My lovely friend, Suzanne, dunked herself with ice and threw out the ALS challenge to yours truly. And I recruited Cathy-on-a-Stick (unbeknownst to the little pic) to stand in for me. But one thing led to another while I was visiting dear old Dad, and before you could say, “Aiiieeee! That’s cold!”, I was on my way home and the moment for dunking had passed. And the ALS organization had raised tons of money!
Still, I wanted to give in some way to somebody. And then along came a heads up through 12 x 12 about an editor who’s Racing for Cancer Research. Gee, I thought, that’s an excellent cause–I mean, if you’re gonna run, might as well be running for a good reason–plus, this young woman will provide a critique of 1500 words in exchange for a $25 donation. So I thought, as I’m a writer, that might be fun and certainly worthwhile.
So I figured, okay, that’s who’ll get my check. But then, another writer friend posted about Jean Reidy and how she’s raising money for Reach Out and Read Colorado. And I fell in love with this program of doctors and nurses, giving books to our youngest readers. And then Jean Reidy (and I love her books, too!) sweetened her cause by giving those who donated $5 a chance to win one of a number of prizes.
Well. Now I’d found two lovely causes that needed my help–and I thought you, as writers and readers, might be interested, too.
So thank you to Suzanne who gave me a push to think about helping others. Sorry I didn’t get to the dunk, but I will get to the writing of checks.
(And as an added bonus, Cathy-on-a-Stick has come out of hiding.)
Cathy–I am going to have to check out at least one of these. Thanks for the links. A critique and a good cause all wrapped into one is a win-win.
I know, Sioux, you can’t beat that! Good luck!
Hahahaa! Poor Cathy-on-a-Stick. She shouldn’t have to live her life in fear like that. Tell her she can always hop on the bus and head to Minnesota if she wants to sit around all day with her feet up and eat bon bons. And I love the idea of raising money for cancer research! Thanks for sharing that link!
You’re welcome, Debra! As for Cathy-on-a-Stick, she had a nice little outing today in the warm and sunny South. (But she appreciates your offer, however cold and misguided it may be…) 🙂