Okay, I never said I was smart. It's taken me a few days for the creaky gears in my noggin' to figure this out. A family friend pointed out this site to us. It plays into our situation in two ways: 1. we care about improving health in Africa (since before the adoption) and 2. we're pretty strapped.
So, this cool network of charity sites basically figures, "hey, we'll generate ad income based on traffic, like any commercial website, and pass the cash on to responsible charities! We'll also get eyeballs on fair trade products and the like." Brilliant. All they need is motivated, idealistic-yet-strapped folks to click on their little buttons to prove their traffic-flow. Easy!
Except I didn't do it. Occasionally, but not every day. I may actually have worked out more than I pressed that button (and I HATE working out). And it takes 2 seconds. And it's free. And it does what I wish I could do if I had all the money in the world. But I am such a lazy, First World bast**d, that I didn't do it. I have a PERMANENT LINK on my OWN WEBSITE and I didn't do it.
Well, maybe it was the Easter chocolate, but something got my mind turning. An epiphany:
That's what the voice inside my head told me, as I tore into Peter Rabbit's ears. That way, EVERY TIME I LOG ON, I'll take two seconds to do good, and then I can surf for minutiae with peace of mind. I also now click over to the HUNGER site, as they benefit Africa as well. Boom! Done! Good, free charity work, now seamlessly integrated into my daily routine.
I am now slightly less hypocritical when I urge you to take similar measures to support this innovative cash-generator for worthy charities.
Here's the original post, in case you have no idea what I'm blathering about:
How You Can Help Save Children In Mere Seconds — Every Day - FOR FREE!!
The Child Health Site provides a feel-good way to help promote awareness as well as prevent and treat devastating childhood illness every day -- through easy and quick online activities.
With a simple, daily click of the blue "Fund Healthcare for Children" button at The Child Health Site, visitors help children. Visitors pay nothing. The treatments and preventative services described above are paid for by our site sponsors and accomplished through our charitable partners, who currently include Mercy Corps, the Prosthetics Outreach Foundation, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Helen Keller International.
Please remember to click every day to help children get and stay healthy, and to give hope to future generations. Every click counts in the life and health of a child.