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Wow. Can you believe how fast 2013 flew by? Not long ago, I asked one of our board members when we started The Monkey Do Project. (It was Spring 2012, by the way.) I really couldn't remember. When you're in the proverbial trenches everyday focusing on helping communities in need, you tend to lose track of things like "when we started" and "how much we've done."

In September, we told you about how we visited Clay, West Virginia. The needs were so great there and the food bank was empty. This meant an already bad situation of people not being able to afford food was even worse because they had nowhere to turn to get food. When the food banks are empty, where do you go? The answer is sadly, nowhere. The Monkey Do Project left that trip with a pledge to help fill that food bank each and every month for as long as they needed. Yikes.

Something has been bothering me lately. When you choose to help those in need the United States there is always a group of people who want to push back. You think that you area doing something good, but for every one person you help there are always 10 people waiting to tell you that what you're doing (or how you're doing it) is wrong. Most of the time, I just ignore it. However, sometimes it beats you down and tonight I want to answer some of the repeat questions that I get about helping Appalachian Americans.

Today is "Giving Tuesday." If you're like me, you probably can't keep up! We have have Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We even have "Gray Thursday" now to encourage people to start spending even earlier on Thanksgiving! It's enough to make your head spin, right?

You may have noticed something on social media: people are "Fiving Out" their photos on Facebook and Twitter to raise awareness for #Monkeytober13. So, what's it all about anyway?

$5 Fills a Food Bank for an Entire Year

While working late one night on my personal blog, I had a sobering realization: If everyone who followed me on Twitter gave just $5, we could fill the empty Clay, West Virginia food bank for an entire year. And then I had to stop what I was doing because ... WHOA. Now that's powerful.

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The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is...

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is...

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is...