Sunday, September 04, 2005

Fast for Food

The Mormons have a tradition of fasting once a month for both spiritual edification, physical cleansing, and to fund the church's welfare program. Members fast for 24 hours and donate the cost of the food they would have eaten during that time to the church. (For anyone curious, I grew up Mormon and have an ongoing love/hate relationship with them. A story for another day.)

In the spirit of solidarity to the victims of Katrina who had to wait at least 72 hours before receiving food and water, I plan to do a 3-day fast (w/water, though) starting next Friday, 9/9 ending on 9/11 (somehow appropriate). I will donate the cost of what I would normally consume to one of the charities directly supporting Katrina survivors.

Will anyone join me? Please send a link to this post to all your friends. Spread the news. For anyone interested, comment below with your commitment. Choose your own charity, but please let me know how much money you donate, or raise from other people willing to sponsor you.

Let's repair America and begin by supporting our friends in need.

Peace to all.

5 comments:

  1. Boy did you just knock off my pity trip. I have been so wrapped up in what is wrong in my own life lately, that I haven't gave much thought to the rest of the world. I commend you for your love and concern for those less fortunate, you truly are a special woman. Thank you for bringing me back to reality, and realizing that I don't have it as bad as I am thinking right now.

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  2. Dominique, this is really cool. I will donate the money for three days and spread the word. You have a very generous heart.

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  3. You are such a caring and giving woman!! Not many people would self sacrifice for others, let alone others they don't even know.

    Could you let me know where I would send a donation to? Am having trouble finding anything concrete down here, and want to make sure it gets to the right place.

    Had a bit of a problem with 9/11 donations, and am a bit gun shy now. A real address would be appreciated. Sounds awful, but I am contemplating the whole fast thing. If I was any kind of a person, I would not have to think about it, but I really do enjoy my food, and am not sure I can do it or not.

    CL

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  4. Thanks for your support, friends. CL, here's a good link that rates charitable organizations - these are all very reputable groups and your money won't be wasted here. http://www.charitywatch.org/hottopics/hurricane_katrina.html

    Also, a friend sent me this organizations name and address. Because this is from a friend of a friend, it is where I will send my money. Because they are all volunteers, they take nothing for overhead.

    Georgia Parent Support Network
    1381 Metropolitan Parkway
    Atlanta, GA 30310

    Send your check marked "Hurricane Relief".

    This is what my friend wrote (thanks, Kathy):

    The agency has opened up their doors to over 60 families, mostly women and children, who have lost everything they own in the world to this horrific hurricane. These people are all family members of their agency's workers. One person has 20 relatives living with her in a two bedroom apartment. Most of the people were poor to begin with and have no insurance or savings to cover their loss. Several of the mothers and children don't even know if their husbands or fathers are still alive as they stayed in New Orleans to help.

    I will post later on some good fasting tips. On a superficial side note, I've found that a good fast for more than 24 hours is a good way to start dieting. Fasting with a purpose, on top of that, is a good way to adjust my thinking about the world. It puts a lot of things in perspective.

    See if you can get some friends to join you - the comraderie and support helps. I planned the dates specifically so the hardest part is over the weekend - when Monday comes, I can use my brain again.

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  5. Dominique, this is a really thoughtful idea. It's hard to resist the lure of Dunkin' Donuts (I only get them once a year!), but if not this Friday then I will definitely fast when I return from vacation.

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