'Tis the Season for Eating, Giving, & Doing Good

by Sarah Henry on December 4, 2009 · 0 comments

in food flotsam & jetsam

Last night I attended another classy holiday party hosted by those savvy gals at blogher. As at previous blogher events, invitees were encouraged to bring canned goods for distribution at a local food bank. Stellar idea.

As I headed to the groovy gathering carrying my brown paper sack filled with canned beans I passed people in need on every corner on a particularly cold winter’s night along the streets of San Francisco’s South of Market area.

And, as often is the case, I was left with the uncomfortable feeling that I’m not doing enough as a person of privilege and modest means. (Trust me, I gotta pay the bills like everyone else.)

This holiday season I swear will be different. To kick things off, I’m unabashedly lifting this brilliant idea from the generous Cheryl Sternman Rule over at the delightful 5 Second Rule. So do stop by her blog, and while you’re there, check out her recipe for Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup. Sounds perfect for this chilly weather.

But before you go, can I encourage you to give a little? Here’s how it works: If I was a little more techno savvy you would see a “button” on the right side of the screen in the sidebar. Alas, I’m not, so instead just click here and it will take you to a link to Network for Good, a reputable online charity hub. As you’ll see, I’ve selected the Alameda County Community Food Bank, a nonprofit that serves some 40,00 people in need every week, as my local charity of choice.

Click on the button and donate as little as $5 or as much as you like. That’s it. Just takes a few secs. Honest. A small amount (4.75%) covers admin costs at the Network of Good, the rest goes directly to feed people in need. (If you want your entire $5 to go to food, then donate $5.24.) Learn more here.

Think about it, for the price of a chai latte and a scone (my fav breakfast treat) you’ll be making a difference in someone else’s life.  Your donation is both tax deductible and guaranteed to make you feel good. Promise.

I’m sensing you might prefer a Portuguese tart and some tea for your troubles. Let me send you one, virtually:

Here’s the back story to today’s post and my pitch for convincing you all — yes, that means you too — to fork out five bucks: I spent the better part of the day trying to load a widget onto this very page so that %$#@&*@!!! charity badge would show up on my site. It wouldn’t work — even the good folks at Network for Good couldn’t tell me what was up.

I’m ashamed to admit I was so frustrated I had a little tanty about the whole thing. Not a good look. Very bah humbug-y of me. Then I fielded a call from a friend who just got laid off. She’s the breadwinner.  It’s a few weeks before the holidays. Why do %$@^&^%!!! employers do that?

Let’s just say I got a little perspective. So I can’t load a widget. Some folks can’t put food on the table. Get a real problem, girl, you know what I’m saying? I’ve forgiven myself and made amends (I hope) in the forums where I blew off steam. I’m grateful to good samaritan and fellow food blogger Ron Doyle, who set me straight (that widget was never gonna load given my current setup. Sigh.) Time for a site upgrade, perhaps.

Which reminds me of an amusing link my friend Cheryl (see above) sent today: It’s to a post on dealing with, ah, people like me and their vision for a site redesign. But you get to click on the funny button after you do the right thing and make a contribution, okay? That’s your little reward.

While I’ve volunteered in my community for years, I’ve never done something like this before. I’ve never, you know, asked. But together I think we can raise a respectable sum this month. I know my techno-obsessed son and I will eagerly watch the numbers on the widget inch up during the season of sharing and I’ll keep you posted.

I’d be so grateful if you’d join us. And please spread the word.

Feel free to leave a comment or email me after you’ve donated. And thank you, in advance, for your generosity. And, um, just a reminder: Click right here to contribute.

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Melanie haiken December 5, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Great effort and funny story! Glad to help. Couldn’t get the link up on my iPhone so will do from home.

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Sarah Henry December 5, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Hi Melanie,

So pleased to know you plan to contribute. I’ll give you a gentle nudge if it falls off the to-do list. Thanks, Sarah

p.s.: Couldn’t pull the link from your iPhone? Don’t you just love technology?

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anothermama December 8, 2009 at 7:26 am

It seems so appropriate to me that food bloggers or foodies or whatever the latest term take a moment around now to think of those without much food, and to remind their readers of this reality. Good on ya, Sarah! One thing people may not realize about food banks, is that donations made now, during the holidays, help supply free food to struggling families all year round. Frustrating widgit aside, your message is thoughtful.

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Sarah Henry December 8, 2009 at 8:49 am

Thanks anothermama, and you bring up a very good point about donations received now helping feed families for the year ahead.

A big thank you to Cheryl and Melanie for their contributions. We’ve raised $30 now and I’d so love to see that figure crawl up a little higher each day.

Won’t you join us in supporting a good cause?

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orb December 9, 2009 at 12:36 am

I love the name of your blog!

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Anna, The Lemon Lady December 9, 2009 at 10:44 am

Great post Sarah. I see you are keeping busy in the food circles. Someday, I’ll venture out, but someday may never come. There are too many lemon trees for one woman to glean it all.

Please help the lemon lady help the food banks. For less than a click, no more than an hour of your time, glean a fruit tree and deliver something healthy, vibrant, fresh and fun. I glean fruit trees and deliver the fruit to local food pantries and county food banks. One person. One Tree. One Year. Any fruit, any time. Apples, oranges, lemons in the winter. Plums & peaches in the summer. If we all took on only one fruit tree, we could save the world. I truly believe that.

If you don’t own a fruit tree, make friends with a neighbor. I just priced Lemons at the chain grocery store – 2lbs for $3.99. I can pick two pounds of lemons in two minutes any day, Any Town, USA.

Please, also watch CBS5 tonight, 12/9/09 at 6pm, 12/10 at noon, and 12/11 at 7am…also KCBS Radio. CBS5 televises – Jefferson Award Winner: Anna Chan, The Lemon Lady. http://www.thelemonlady.blogspot.com or http://cbs5.com/jeffersonawards

Visit my blog for updated info. Thank you.

http://www.thelemonlady.blogspot.com

Love Lemons,
The Lemon Lady

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Sarah Henry December 9, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Congrats on the well-deserved award, Anna.

And thanks, as always, for your kind feedback.

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