Okay, so times are tough for everyone right now. There’s a lot of belt tightening going on these days and that sucks. But some of the people it sucks most for these days are the people who live in high poverty communities. I mean how can you tighten a belt that’s already run out of notches?
So for those of us who are lucky enough to have that little bit of disposable income, there’s a way to help. The lovely Sarah D. Bunting over at tomatonation.com is hosting a month long charity extravaganza in association with donorschoose.org. For those of you who have never heard of Donor Choose before, it’s an organization that puts donors together with specific projects in public schools. This is awesome because instead of donating to some weird amorphous organization and hoping that some of it filters down to kids, you’re able to cut through the crap and give straight to them. Your money will go directly to things like books and art supplies and science supplies and math equipment* which will end up in the hands of students who need them most.
If you just want to help, you can donate to the most urgent project or, if you have a geographical area or a school subject you always felt strongly about, you can kick your money towards that.
As for the money, there is no minimum dollar amount, so you don’t have to be a Rockefeller to participate. If you’ve got $20, $10, or even $5, that’s something great. Because what’s important is that, at the end of the day, some kid in Ohio or Texas or New York will get to create or experiment or learn because of you. And how can you not love that?
If you want to learn more about this whole shebang (including how Sars and other fabulous readers are awarding select prizes to contributors), you can go check out Tomato Nation overview page here or the Frequently Asked Questions page here. Or if you just want to get to the getting and donate already, you can go straight to the donation page here. The contest just kicked off today and already 2,448* students have been helped.
Because I love reading, I normally set aside about $ 50 a month for books for myself, but this month I’ve donated that money to Mrs. M’s classroom in Texas so that they can get to read kick-ass books like The Giving Tree and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
So skip a week of Starbucks, brownbag your lunch, dig through your couch cushions and kick a little cash towards this great cause because every little bit helps!
* I’m sorry, I couldn’t be more specific than math equipment because I’m not a math person. Protractor?
**As of 10:02 this morning.