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Fairly Odd Mother

Frantically waving my magic wand to make wishes come true.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Philanthropy Thursday

I'm babbling over here again; something about moving. . .

Also, this is my first "Philanthropy Thursday!" This mama and this one inspired me to join in on the fun, although I think they've bumped up their philanthropy to every Thursday. I'm sticking with my original promise of the last Thursday of the month, which doesn't make me feel very philanthropic, but, hey, I know my limits (and, ladeez, can we get a button for this to put on our blogs? who is it that makes all those neat buttons?).

First, I looked up the definition of philanthropy: altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement, usually manifested by donations of money, property, or work to needy persons, by endowment of institutions of learning and hospitals, and by generosity to other socially useful purposes.

Then, I thought about what we've done lately. In most cases, it has been to write a check or stuff a couple bills into a can outside the supermarket. This summer, the kids and I walked around the neighborhood wearing gardening gloves, carrying garbage bags and collecting trash. We've also donated food to the food pantry, and given snacks to our church for social hour.

But, all those things are past-tense, and I wanted to force myself to do something new each month. So, here is what we've come up with:

Recently, my cat Zack spent a week at the vet. His life hung in the balance, and the staff there was kind, attentive and reassuring. I will forever be thankful that a 24-hour vet is located a few short miles from my house.

We now go back to the vet every month or so to pick up more medicine or supplies for my two aging cats. When we last went, I noticed they had put out a large plastic toybox in the waiting room. My kids eagerly opened it. . .and saw just a few toys and books scattered along the bottom.

I thought about the kids who come with their parents to the vet and have to sit and wait, sometimes with excitement that Fluffy is getting her first checkup, and sometimes with dread that Smokey may be dying.

So, as my philanthropic deed, I have set aside several of my children's toys and books to donate to the vet's office. I hope that they help time pass faster for the waiting children, especially those who are there late at night with frightened parents and pets. Tomorrow we have to pick up more supplies, and we will bring our donations then.

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Blogger Mary Alice said...

Fairly Odd Mother, that was a wonderful idea. I am sure many parents and kids will both benefit from your generous spirit.
Also, I have no idea who the brilliant button people are, but if they see this they will be inspired to come forth with something. I, unfortunately am button inept!

10:54 AM  
Anonymous mrs. Q. said...

Oh, can I send over some stuff too? This post gave me chills. Maybe it's because you referenced our beloved Fluffy and Smokey... I can't imagine a sadder waiting room for some children.

2:11 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Chicky said...

That's perfect! My vet's office has a small children's play area and it's a lifesaver when I have to bring Chicky along.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Beck said...

What a great idea - good post.

6:52 AM  
Anonymous pinks & Blues Girls said...

That is so great of you to do! You've inspired me to do something similar.

Jane, Pinks & Blues

11:39 AM  
Blogger Kristi B. said...

Excellent idea for Philanthropy Thursday! I too am button inept. I want to put the Child Health (from the makers of Hunger Site, etc) on my site and tried forever and still can't figure out how to do it. If you figure it out, please let me know!
You are an excellent read!

11:21 PM  
Blogger Alex Elliot said...

That really is a great idea! Today I'm donating a big collection of toys to a preschool toy sale they're having as a fundraiser.

9:17 AM  

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