Why Have a Blog if you can't use if for the Greater Good?

While this blog is and always will be an educational resource allowing our readers to make better decisions and become more knowledgeable, I recognize that we have developed a terrific following over the years.  If you have had an article or thought touch you or help you or open possibilities, I would like to ask you to keep reading and consider giving back.

Each year my family participates in a Break-a-Thon at our martial arts school.  Last year we raised over $50,000 for children's charities.  This year, I am so pleased that we will be supporting Operation Smile and the American Red Cross.  Both of these organizations do such valuable work..  

  • For each $250 raised, Operation Smile can perform a surgery to change a child's life by fixing facial birth defects.  Last year over 60 children had life changing operations from our fund-raising efforts. Such a small amount for a miraculous change.  
  • The immense value of the American Red Cross wasn't truly real to me until a few weeks ago when Hurricane Irene devastated towns that my friends live in and I shop and do business in.  Imagine - flooded house, ruined business, destroyed livelihood.  The American Red Cross was there for my friends and neighbors offering organized, immediate support.

Our family is part of a team whose goal is to raise $3000 for these charities.  I ask that if you have gotten value from this blog over the years, that you consider making a donation through our FirstGiving page at http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/trevor-liss/break-a-thon-2011.  (By the way - if you are involved in a fundraiser, consider leveraging Firstgiving.com - our donations more than doubled the first year we added it to the Break-a-Thon).  

In reading our team's story you will see that every little bit helps.  We will break 1 board for every $5 raised.  You will also see that by donating to this effort you will be supporting two admirable young men who are actively giving of their time, financial resources, and energy to those less fortunate.  

Thank you for your support.

- Deirdre Wheatley-Liss

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