Sunday, September 30, 2001

My friend Steve has just alerted me to what could well become a new addiction: the City of Heroes online role-playing game. I'm not a huge gamer, but this one offers two things I enjoy immensely, role-playing and superheroes, in a convenient Web delivery system.

Luckily, I've got about nine months before the game launches in which to prepare for the massive investment in time and money this will cost me. That should be long enough to stockpile the required funds and say good-bye to my loved ones.

In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks, our attention and energies will be, quite rightfully and of necessity, directed inward on our own country for some time to come. As we recover, we will need to focus our efforts on ourselves: our loved ones, our neighbors, our communities. Yet, in the midst of our recovery, it would be good to find time to help the world at large in some way. We are still the most powerful and prosperous nation on Earth, and even as we mourn and heal it behooves us to share the many blessings we continue to enjoy with those abroad who have little or nothing. This is important not only to those we can help, but for our own sense of well-being. There is no more effective way to feel strong than to help others.

A nearly effortless method of feeding the world has returned to the Web to provide us with just such an outlet for our compassion. Several months ago, The Hunger Site shut down due to lack of funding. Now it's back under new ownership, and it couldn't have come at a better time.

To donate requires nothing more than one mouse click and a few seconds of your time each day. Visit the site and hit the "GIVE FREE FOOD" button. A response page comes up with a few small sponsor buttons and a message showing how much you donated that day, month and year.

It takes about five seconds to make this donation. Looking at this in the long view, it'll cost you 30 of the 525,600 minutes you get each year to provide 365 cups of food. Do it from work each weekday and you can donate another 250 cups or so. And once you've done that, you can visit the Hunger Site's sister effort, The Breast Cancer Site, and use the same procedure to help provide mammograms for underprivileged women.

Clearly, visiting these sites doesn't need to be the be-all and end-all of one's charitable donations. But it is so very simple and painless that it would be a shame not to add these actions to our efforts.
Posted @ 10:37 AM


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