A Break for Poverty on Blog Action Day

15 10 2008

Today, for a brief minute, I’m going to shift my focus away from the ususal social media, internet marketing and internet PR-type posts you’re used to reading here.  I want to help show how strong and powerful the blogging community can be when they unite around an important social cause such as poverty.  For those that don’t know, today is the annual Blog Action Day.  This year the focus is on poverty.

It is estimated that over three billion people live on less than $2.50 per day and over 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 per day.  We tend to take such stats for granted because they aren’t real to us and we, hopefully, will never experience anything as tragic as that.  Knowing that I was going to be writing this post later in the day got me thinking about what I’ve had yesterday just for breakfast and lunch.  First, I got a package of Pop-Tarts and a bottle of Diet Coke from vending machines at the office at a total cost of $2.50 [yes, I know…not very healthy :)].  For lunch I then got a Subway grinder at about $4.25.  Just between breakfast and lunch I spent $6.75 which is equivalent to 2.5 days of pay for those three billion people! Furthermore, my costs aren’t even including the money I spent on driving my truck to and from Subway to get that grinder!  Lastly, this isn’t including any other costs from the day.

One of the issues I think that topics such as poverty are faced with is that the problem is so large that people don’t know how to start trying to fix the issue.  One easy way to start is to just get out there and do it!  Did you know that for as little as $20 you can donate a flock of chicks to a needy family or village?  So, just by donating the cost of going to one movie with a friend, you can starting helping a family or village who desperately needs it.

At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what you choose to donate or how much money you contribute, but just realize that it doesn’t take a lot to really help someone out who is in a lot worse shape than you and me.  Be a part of Blog Action Day today and make a small donation to help end world poverty!

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2 responses

15 10 2008
becoming minimalist

thanks for using your blog and taking the time to raise awareness for the reality of poverty. good for you.

i hope it encourages your readers to donate to a charity of their choosing.

15 10 2008
Tiffany Monhollon

Justin,
It’s great to see other fellow bloggers joining in on Blog Action Day! I think right now it’s such an important time for us to focus on how much we really have and what we can do with that to help others – even as the economy is uncertain and it feels natural to get more selfish with our money. We truly are blessed in this country, and every bit we can do surely counts!

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