The holidays are a time of joy and fellowship, when people around the world join together with friends and family to celebrate. But for many communities, poverty intrudes even in what should be a most joyous time. This year, Jeni Hellum of the blog Multiculturalism for Steampunk has sent out a rallying call both to her readers, to fans of steampunk and to the community at large to join together as a group and help make this season better for those less fortunate than us.
Working through Heifer International, Jeni Hellum (known by her pen name, Miss Kagashi) has set out to raise $5,000 from donations, which will be enough to fund a Gift Ark that will supply pairs of animals to 15 different families in need across the world. Even if the endeavor falls short of the goal, whatever money is raised will be contributed to the efforts of Heifer International in helping impoverished and disadvantaged people. This is a wonderful and very important cause, and in addition it gives us a chance to show that the sci-fi/fantasy community is the group of caring, warm-hearted and concerned individuals we know it to be. This is a chance for everyone to help make a difference in this world.
Even if you don’t have the money to contribute to the cause, please spread the message of this important endeavor and encourage your own friends and family to think about those less fortunate during the holiday season.
You have the chance to give people the gift of llamas and camels by chipping in with this. How often can you say that?
Give the gift of a llama!
See here for the post outlining this great undertaking.
G. D. Falksen is touched and inspired by the audacity and kindness of this charitable undertaking, and he hopes that it will reach its goal and more. He will continue to boost the signal on his Facebook and Twitter.