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These past few weeks have been difficult on all of us. Millions are staying at home, hundreds of thousands of people are sick, and thousands have died. We’re all having to hunker down, and avoid spending time with those we love and care about as we hope it will stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. There doesn’t seem to be an end in sight, and we’re all trying to find ways to take care of each other, while also trying to avoid going crazy in our own homes.
I have followed federal and state orders as best as I can, but I can’t help but think that I could do more to help those that can’t help themselves. I wanted to go out and volunteer at a food bank, or administer supplies at a medical facility. But as we all know, doing something like that is risky and not advised. So, I kept wondering what I could do that allows me to stay out of everyone’s way, but also allows me to make a difference in this crisis.
The thought came to me in the shower, which is where most of my best creative ideas come to life. I asked myself, “What if I were to donate the money I earned through the sale of my books to a cause that responds to the corona virus in a multitude of ways?” Without giving it much more thought, I knew that is what I wanted to do, and I needed to act fast so the money could be used as quickly as possible.
After doing some research, I decided to direct all my raised proceeds to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, a nonprofit that provides funding for disasters across the globe. Right now, they have a fund specifically directed towards the corona virus pandemic. According to their website, they will “focus on supporting nonprofit organizations working directly to respond to the pandemic among the most vulnerable populations in order to help build their capacity for response. These will include social service organizations focused on supporting hourly wage earners, workers in the gig economy, immigrant/New American populations, older adults, people with disabilities and other communities vulnerable to the physical health, mental health and economic impacts of the pandemic.”
I couldn’t have chosen a better cause to direct my support to. Just in case there needs to be some clarification, until the COVID-19 pandemic has been defeated, I plan to donate 100% of the proceeds I receive from the sale of my books toward this organization. For upwards of $10, you can enjoy a multitude of stories, as well as donate to a worthy cause.
At the top of this post, I have included links to all online retailers that you can purchase my books from. Of course, if you have a local retailer that will supply you a copy of my books, support them (I receive a portion of that sale as well). Also, at the top, I have included a section where I will regularly update the amount of money raised by my campaign. Let it be a reminder of how much more you can help help by being a part of that number.
Finally, let me conclude by asking you for your support in spreading the word about my campaign to make a difference around the globe. This venture cannot be done by me alone, and I hope you will consider purchasing my books, gifting them to someone you love, or sharing this post on all your social media accounts. Like with fighting COVID-19, we all have to stand together if we want our efforts to be worthwhile.
Thank you for your time, and let’s make a lasting impact for our friends, family and loved ones!