Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Please Don't Forget

Please Don't Forget

A billboard along a crummy stretch of I 44, asking people to make Christmas donations to the Salvation Army. They do a lot of social good.

Mrs. C and I agree with the idea. Sure, it's nice to give a gift to someone you care about at this time of year, but we are more and more turned off by the season's coarse materialism. We're getting a few things for our children, their spouses and particularly for Madeleine but it's nothing fancy. However, we are not buying anything for ourselves. We've got enough stuff, too much. We have each other, a relationship that's lasted more than 40 years and keeps getting better. That's plenty.

If anyone wanted to give us something, we ask that they make a contribution to the education expenses of Januka Basnet, a wonderful young woman in Kathmandu we have helped support for a number of years. We've met her a couple of times - here's a picture of her and my wife taken five years ago. She has now graduated from the equivalent of 10th grade and passed the all-important Leaving School Exam, which I think is something like the A Levels in the UK. Now she's starting Nepalese college. If you would like to help, too, click here.                  

5 comments:

Stefan Jansson said...

That is a good thing you do for Januka.

William Kendall said...

It's very good of you to support her. And the Salvation Army indeed does fine work... probably the best way to make sure that help gets to those who need it.

Sharon Anck said...

That is so very good of you to help this young woman. She might be a doctor or teacher one day.

Norma Beishir said...

I know from personal experience how kind and generous you and Carolyn are, Bob. If only everyone were like you....

Birdman said...

... and you actually bought this guy a breakfast when we met. You are indeed a kind man.