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Friday Fast: Flood Relief

"The quality of mercy is not strain'd"*

It’s time for another Friday Fast.  Here’s how it works: give up a meal today and send the money you might have spent on it to a cause that needs it.  If you have suggestions for recipients, please put them in the comments below.

Today’s Friday Fast is dedicated to Flood Relief.  My recommended recipient is the UN High Commission for Refugees.  Please see this important message from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for details:

For those of you who want the short summary, you can aid the people of Pakistan by texting the word “SWAT” on your cell phone to the number 50555.  Reply by typing “yes”.  $10 will be sent to the UNHCR and will show up on your cell phone bill.  How simple is that?!

That money can add up very quickly and can help the UNHCR provide shelter and clean drinking water to people displaced by the flooding.  Right now, the immediate threat to Pakistanis is not the force of the flooding itself.  It’s disease, like cholera, and malnutrition.

For those of you who would like to keep your money closer to home, consider the American Red Cross, who  still works tirelessly for hurricane and flooding disaster relief.

*From William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice:

The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown;
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God’s
When mercy seasons justice.

19 Responses

  1. Thanks for the nudge; I’ll give today.

    • Charity is a wonderful concept but let’s not get carried away. Skipping meals is a slippery slope. You start with one meal and the next thing you know it’s two then three – pretty soon you look like an Olsen twin.

      Not to mention that disaster and disease are considered “acts of God.” Who are we to question God’s will? It’s nature’s way of thinning the herd.

  2. Ok, I’ll go first.
    Done! Quick and painless.

  3. Thanks RD. I’ll give up lunch and send SWAT some funds. Millions displaced in Pakistan…the desperation must be terrible.

  4. wonderful idea…it’s really putting your money where your mouth would be…thanks!

  5. easy

  6. Thanks for the reminder. I meant to do it a few days ago. Done.

  7. New video from yesterday:

    Secretary Clinton Delivers Remarks on Pakistan Relief Fund

  8. Nice one. RD, if I make bazillions, I want you to know I plan to give you a school of science “RIVERDAUGHTER” — you see, what I wrote is worth a small fortune in thr right hands, I do believe I have those hands at present.

    And if I pull off that liitle place by the sea I want so deperately for my writerly friends? There will also be a cottage in your name….


  9. Sad to say I had neglected to do anything abut this. Thanks for posting these messages. I sent my donation.

    I find it hard to say no to Hills.

  10. I’ll have to give twice next week. One of the fuzzies had an abcess so we’re short on cash(and I try toavoid plastic).

  11. I am really hungry. So glad I don’t have change for the vending machine.

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