22 November 2008

Thanksgiving means giving back

It is the Holiday Season again, and the world over people are celebrating their different faith based special days. We here in the United States are about to dig into the most cherished of Food holidays ever created, Turkey Day.

I am very thankful that this Thanksgiving Day I will be placing my turkey into my oven, the sweet potatoes baking on the side. My children will have an apple and a pumpkin pie and we will most likely watch either a good movie or a football game while the meal cooks.
A world away there will be people who will not be sitting down to a fine meal, they will be climbing a mountain of garbage to scavenge for what they can find so that they can sell the objects recovered for money to eat for one day, just one day.This mountain is called Smoke Mountain and it is in the Philippines. At Smoke mountain, children as young as 4 years old daily climb in hopes of finding things worth value enough to sell, whole families must do this just to survive the day.This post is for the charitable organization Lighthouse Mission International, and for those who have no choice but to spend their days climbing a mountain to eat.

Christmas For Payatas is asking for charitable Donations so that the children will be able to enjoy a good Christmas this year, one filled with not only food but some peace and joy.
As many Jericho Fans know I am especially moved by children in need, and Jericho helped me to find like minded people who all feel the same sense of community and charity for those less fortunate than ourselves.

If you feel that you have a little to spare please consider donating to this charity. I look at my children and they are so blessed , I hope and pray that I can help other children to have that same sense of peace in their lives. No child should ever have to climb a mountain to eat every day.

Please view the video and if you feel you would like to help out go to the website where you can read more about this effort. My thanks to all in advance and have a Awesome Thanksgiving.



Press Release:

The landfill in Payatas, The Philippines, is notoriously known the world over as Smokey Mountain. For over 35 years, the smoking dump site has grown to become a stark and heart-tugging reminder of the desperate conditions of humanity.

On a daily basis, children pick through newly arrived garbage to
collect material to sell. The earnings made by one child are not enough to even buy food for the day. Hence, entire families are forced to climb the mountain each day, hoping to earn enough to feed everyone. Children as young as four years old are forced to work in this daily struggle for survival.

In response to the plight of these children, Totedaddy.com is working with Lighthouse Center For Children Foundation to bring a little cheer to the children this Christmas.

Totedaddy.com has kicked off with a cash sponsorship of USD 10,000 to enable the children to celebrate Christmas. FusionExcel International has also pitched in a USD 5,000 in cash sponsorship. The money raised
will help fund the projects already in place, and help fund additional projects aimed at providing better housing, and a means of livelihood for the Payatas community.

It is hoped that by creating better awareness to the plight of these children, more support can be garnered towards their betterment. Together we can bury poverty!






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