Wednesday, December 14, 2011
One percent for charity
It was inspired by watching this video. If, like me, you're impressed by the figures the video cites and you want to help, here's a place to do it.
Now, here's my big idea.
The average American spends something like $650 on holiday gifts (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and others). Altogether, Christmas and related spending amounts to something like $500 billion a year. Yup, half-a-trillion dollars--more than we spent (with such horror) to bail out the banks in 2008. (Not that I'm supporting the bank bailout, mind you, I'm just making a comparison here.)
If we gave just one penny to charity for every dollar we spend on gifts, we'd be giving FIVE BILLION DOLLARS at Christmastime alone. Five billion. That's bound to have an impact.
So my new crusade is 1% for charity. For the average person, that's $6.50. Some of us will spend more, some less. But if we all did it...well...you get the idea.
So think about it. And if you like the idea, pass it on.
Posted by David Schildkret at 10:22 PM