Monday, November 28, 2011

You are the 1%!

According to Wolfram Alpha, the average US household income is $43,460/year. Global Rich List indicates this income is in the top 2.17% of the world's richest people. Anyone making over $50,000/year is quite literally part of the top 1% worldwide.

I agree that corruption in corporations and government has resulted in an unfair distribution of wealth here in the United States, but it still seems pretty self-centered not to consider that much of the rest of the world is suffering true poverty.

We just had a Thanksgiving holiday where we gave thanks for what we have, followed by Black Friday where shoppers clamor to buy more. As we enter the Christmas season lets remember that there are some things every person should have, like clean drinking water, food in their stomach and a roof over their head.

Here's a list of some non-profit organizations that can help make this happen with your help:

  • Toys for Tots - deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters
  • charity: water - bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations
  • Heifer International (giving available via Heifer Foundation)- gives out gifts of livestock, seeds and trees and extensive training to those in need
Personally, I'm making a sustainable donation to the Heifer Foundation General Endowment in the name of my niece and nephew so they can be part of helping to end hunger by giving people the means to feed themselves.

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