Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Pay It Forward {Day 2/Year 2}

Baltimore trash collectors make an Olympic sport out of discarding trash containers at the curb. Some day I think I shall video tape these heroic clashes of man and trash.

For today, I will simply tell you that someone in our neighborhood took the time to collect our lid from who-knows-where and our can from some other far flung place and to put the two together and upright out on the curb. While not a monumental act, it did take some time and energy and they did it knowing that we'd probably never know who to thank. Just being neighborly for the sake of it.

Gotta love that!

For my part, I decided to take action. I have been meaning to give to a particular charity for some time now and have just allowed it to not occupy the number one place on my priority list. I took all of the advertising revenue from my blog last month and donated the entire amount to Life Wrap in hopes that my donation does a small part to save a woman's life.

Some facts from the Life Wrap website:

"The leading cause of maternal mortality (deaths from pregnancy and childbirth related complications) is obstetric hemorrhage in which a woman bleeds heavily, most often immediately after giving birth. A woman somewhere in the world dies every 4 minutes from this kind of complication." The LifeWrap (generic name: Non-pneumatic Anti-shock Garment or NASG) is a first-aid device used to stabilize women who are suffering from obstetric hemorrhage and shock. It is made of neoprene and VelcroTM and looks like the lower half of a wetsuit, cut into segments. This simple device helps women survive delays in getting to a hospital and getting the treatment that they need. It can be applied by anyone after a short, simple training. To date, it has been used on over 2000 women."

"American women have a lifetime risk of 1 in 4800 of dying from childbirth related complications... Afghan women have a 1 in 8 lifetime risk of maternal death."

Take a moment. Pay it Forward.

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