By Anna | May 1, 2012
This is George!
He’s 1 year old, and lives in Jamaica. His parents abandoned him because they were too poor to be able to care for him. That story is sad, but unfortunately not unique at all in impoverished countries, and plenty of orphaned kids end up dying of starvation and disease.
If you hadn’t heard, Cheryl Ladd is a spokesperson for Food For The Poor, a nice nonprofit that provides food, health care, and lots more crucial stuff to the absolute poorest. She did a TV ad asking people to make regular donations to help children in need. So, we are! The Townsend Agency is sponsoring baby George through FFP’s Angels of Hope program. Now he’ll be sure to get the important stuff he needs, like safe water, food, medicine, education, safety and love at an orphanage called the Hanbury Home for Children. (We’ll share updates as he grows up!)
George is our first step, in hopes that you will step up alongside us. Here’s the deal:
We’re calling on you guys – the whole TA community, our readers, fans, and friends – to back us up and help some more kids, one at a time. We’ve set up a fund page for the Townsend Agency on foodforthepoor.org where anyone can make a donation of any amount. These donations will go toward a particular child whom FFP features each month, selected by greatest need. We’ll show you these children so you can see the real faces that your money is helping. (Join us on facebook here if we aren’t already friends – that’s where we’ll introduce the kids and let you know how things are going.)
We pay $35 a month for George, so it would be nice to raise $35 a month for the other children as well. All told, it’d be awesome to give a nice, round figure like $1,000. But, baby steps.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE?
If you’re thinking about giving – thanks – and here’s what I want you to realize about value of your money in their hands. The average American family of 4 is estimated to spend near $1,000 a month on food. FFTP can feed a family of 4 for $12 a month. That’s a dime per person per day. That means for just five bucks (the minimum they’ll process) you can feed our poor hungry kid for 50 days. Unless you’re really into ramen noodles, this probably doesn’t resemble your budget. Point being, don’t feel like it’d take a bajillion dollars to make a dent.
We have well over a thousand friends on our various social networks, and I don’t know how many more readers. We’re some of the most privileged people on Earth, and I know there are 7 of us who can spare $5 in any given month. It’s a modest goal, and between so many of us, it should be no big hurdle at all – especially when it’s life-changing for others.
FINE, WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?
Just put in your payment stuff and click a button. No signup, accounts or passwords, and no promises to us. We aren’t gonna send you guilt-trip emails, or try to get you to give regularly. This is the internet version of passing around a tin can for spare change. Just toss something in when you can, because you’re a cool, kind-hearted, wonderful human being. Or if you’re a horrible person, you could still do it because your favorite Angel said to.
And yeah, I know, you’ve heard this pitch before. We’ve all changed the channel on the sad children commercial. Gee, you’d like to help, but but but. That’s why it’s cool that this is about as easy as it can possibly be.
We love having a community that shares jokes with us, and we hope you’ll share in this more important side of the Townsend Agency as well. Let’s be a team (just like the Supremes). Thanks for reading!
You can get to our fund page any time via this link, or under “Be An Angel” on our site menu, or through our new Facebook app.
100% of donations to our fund page go straight to Food For The Poor. This money doesn’t even pass through our hands, nor do we take a cut, nor can we see any of your secret payment information. FFTP will email you a receipt (it’s tax-deductible). Questions? Ask us at firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook any time.