I don't usually give money to charities. Not because I don't want to, but because I can usually never afford it. Christmas is an expensive time of year, and this is only the fourth year I've had steady work, but the third that I haven't had to travel for Christmas. For about three months, I've had funds from the Smashwords sales of Sugar and Spies sitting in my paypal account. Not much, but something that wasn't doing anything.
Today, I was perusing a favorite website, Taysia Blue, a Siberian Husky Rescue Group. I can't get one now (living with my parents, and too many animals, according to my mom), but I like to see what they're up to, and I've considered volunteering with them once things calm down, schedule wise. Instead, I looked at giving money to them. How it worked, where the money went, etc. It seemed like a perfect plan. Groups like Taysia Blue rely on donations to keep things up and running. I got an email after submitting my donation explaining that my donation went to helping one dog, Lindbergh, with his heartworm issues. It seemed fitting to me. Of the dogs they have for adoption, Lindbergh is the only one who gets along with cats. Yes. I would need a dog who got along with Jane Austen.
After giving it some thought, I think I want to start giving a portion of my proceeds to Taysia Blue. I'll probably only give a small percentage, but I will make it a yearly gift. I only hope that next year I can give way more than what I've given today. It just doesn't seem like enough, but I'm optimistic for next year.
I urge everyone, if they can afford it, give to a charity you feel strongly about. If you have some extra change in your pocket as you're going into the grocery store, drop it into the Salvation Army buckets. It adds up, and people really need it this time of year.
Merry Christmas, Lindbergh. Good Luck with your heart worms and finding your Forever Family.