Giving

Do you have one of those "hard to buy for" dads? Do you have a dad that never tells you want he wants for Father's Day (or just says, "Don't get me anything!")? Maybe you have a dad that loves giving back and helping others?  Or, perhaps you're having a hard time picking out a gift from your toddler or preschooler for their dad? If any of these sound familiar, then we have the perfect Father's Day gift for you!

Often when I work I have the television on in the background. For some odd reason, it helps me concentrate more. I put on shows like documentaries or talk shows that I can just listen to and don't have to actually give any visual attention. Today while working, I had on reruns of Oprah interviews. One of the people she was interviewing was Lady Gaga and her family. As I listened to the interview something actually stopped me typing mid-sentence. It was something Lady Gaga said:

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."

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?