This holiday season, The Frisky staff is committed to giving back. Throughout the month of December we’ll be telling you about some of the charities and nonprofits that we support, why they’re important to us, and how you can support them too, if you’re so inclined.
Who they are: Free Arts For Abused Children
What they do: Free Arts programs inspire hope in the lives of children who have experienced abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness through innovative creative arts programs and positive interactions with caring adult volunteers.
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Last night, I was catching up on some television when this commercial came on the air. Now, I should note that I love the ASPCA, the charity and pet adoption organization that seeks to end cruelty to animals. The ASPCA is where I adopted my cat, Cleo, and it’s an organization that I regularly give money to. But I hold that this commercial is just too much. Apparently, Sarah McLachlan’s “Arms of the Angel” spot wasn’t emotionally charged enough. This new ad shows clips of forlorn looking animals as a sentence unfolds about them onscreen. “Tabitha, Locked up her whole life.” “Mink, Abused and living in fear.” “Nathaniel, Never loved and left to die.” And the worst, “Blondie, Abandoned and dying of a broken heart.”
Before I knew it, not 20 seconds into the ad, I was huffing and puffing, in tears, little rivers running down my cheeks. Keep reading »
Donating to a charity will make you feel good about yourself and will help your community, country or planet. And if you make that donation before 2008 ends, it will also help your financial situation because you’ll be able to write off the donation on your taxes in 2009. If you don’t have a favorite charity already, here are some suggestions:
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital provides patient care for children afflicted with cancer and other catastrophic diseases and researches these diseases.
The World Wildlife Fund aims to protect natural areas and wild populations of plants and wildlife worldwide. But if you’d like to give locally, check out Animal Charities of America, which is a nonprofit federation that pre-screens high quality national charities working to protect animals.
The National Veterans Foundation brings awareness to the needs of America’s veterans. It also provides veterans and families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment and other essential resources.
The Natural Resources Defense Council works to restore Earth’s air, land and water and defends endangered natural places.
If you can’t afford to make a monetary donation now, you can also make an in-kind donation or volunteer your time. Keep reading »
Yay! Balls! ["Homes In The Hudson" Charity Event, New York City, 7/14/08] Keep reading »
Despite my avid coverage of The Bachelor a few months ago, I have not been blogging (or watching!) The Bachelorette. That’s because I tend to think The Bachelorette is boring and way cheesier than The Bachelor — the men are not nearly as big of train wrecks as the ladies and it makes me uncomfortable watching them act like cheeseballs. But I’ve been informed that I’ve missed out on at least one bright spot on The Bachelorette — Graham Bunn (nice name!), who went home on last night’s episode. He’s obviously way hot, but he’s more than just good looks. Our friend Kim says she thinks Graham mainly went on the show to bring awareness to his charity, The Brightside Fund which aims to aid disadvantaged youth in America. Your loss, Bachelorette! [GrahamBunn.com] Keep reading »
Some people celebrate Easter by going to brunch. Others hunt for plastic eggs. And then there are those who participate in the San Francisco Easter Sunday “Hunky Jesus” competition. Above is 2007′s chosen one. Essentially, the competition, officiated by gay charity group Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, requires men to parade around in rags, and one is honored as the most attractive “Jesus.” Click through this slideshow from Sunday’s competition, and you might notice a trend: eyeliner. Did Jesus wear makeup? Keep reading »