Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Shop for a cause

I know it is a late little late (although post holiday sales are coming) but I recently became aware that many charities have arrangements with that if you buy following going through a link on their page, Amazon gives the charity 6% of their revenue from resulting purchases to that charity. Why wouldn't you want to take advantage of this? [Update: it turns out it is 6% of your first purchase only after clicking.]

So let me give you a good example. When we were looking for a place to rent in Boston, we came across a family whose 12 year old (Steve Glidden) had perished in a bus accident on a school trip to Canada almost 10 years ago. You can read more here. The stories there remind me of everything that is hard and beautiful about parenting at the same time. More to the point, if you click here it will take you to Amazon and resulting purchases will count towards contributions to the charity set up as a consequence of all this.

Finally, the boy's sister -- now an adult -- has written a book that she dedicates to her brother. The book, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, is a graphic novel and was named by Entertainment Weekly as one of the top 10 non-fiction books for 2010. It is worth a look.