I am, though, going to post this, since I like to do this each year, and also since an online friend has already asked when I would do so. So here goes:
As has been my wont for the past five years, I am once again hosting an Online Red Kettle for the Salvation Army, for those who have either already finished their shopping or want to plan out their donations in advance.
So, if you would like to donate through my virtual kettle, you can do so by clicking right here. (For some reason, I can't make the kettle clickable this year.)
(Image courtesy The Salvation Army)
A couple of other ways to help out this holiday season (and, really, any time) are as follows:
If you are in the Austin area, the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, where, according to what they have said, your monetary donation can go about five times as far as a food donation, as they can buy in bulk and save money. They do a lot of good work, and we've supported them before.
And, of course, as I mentioned last year, my friends Ryan and Ashley Beard have created an organization, 48 Lives, which will assist with international adoptions. Ryan completed a 48-hour run to raise money for this (in which he ran over 140 miles) and has helped place at least one child with a family who loves her very much.
All of these options are well worth your support. This holiday season, let's all help someone out who needs it.