Every once in a while you find a website that at first glance seems so very weird, but the more you think about it, the better an idea it is. Enter One Cold Hand, which is the brain child of Jennifer Gooch, takes one simple idea, loss of a glove and tries to re-unite the glove with it’s owner. Like I said, when I first saw this site I was like, how dumb is this? But think about it, how many times have you gone out and brought a very nice pair of gloves, spending upwards of 25 bucks or more, only to lose one of the gloves, rendering the other one worthless. For me this happens constantly. I can’t tell you the number of times I have had this happen not only to me, but also my friends and family. Too bad it only deals with gloves from the Pittsburgh area, but a great idea for a blog or website anywhere in the US. Heck you could even set it up as a singles site, where it would be a Cinderella situation, bringing back the glove instead of a glass slipper. Maybe I’ve just had too much caffeine this morning and I shouldn’t be blogging 🙂 Anyways, use Jennifer’s site as inspiration to start your own and re-unite lost gloves with their twins.
In November 2005 it was anounced that the MIT labs in conjuction with several corperate sponsers would be creating a laptop that would cost $100. The idea was to deliver laptops to children in underdeveloped countries throughout the world. It was an incredible initiative and took the better part of two years, but the XO has arrived and you can see it at OLPC. Unfortunately the price tag is more around the $200 mark instead of the $100 mark, but the price is expected to go down as more units are manufactured and sold. The fundementals behind the OLPC idea are as follows:
- Child ownership
- Low ages. The hardware and software are designed for elementary school children aged 6-12.
- Free and open source
(this is from wikipedia.org)
So it’s not meant for adults (although I am sure there will be some kind of model offered from a different company marketed to adults), and it is seen as more of an educational project than a laptop project. Currently they are maketing the buy one and donate one idea. Where $399 buys one for your child and one for an underprivelidged child. Please go and see the website and learn more about this noble project.
This one is from Valerie from Georgia, The Nathaniel Watson Jr. Foundation. This is a non-profit organization destined to provide essential medical and support services to children with cancer and other catastrophic life threatening illnesses. Personally, I know one family that is going through this now and it’s heartbreaking. What is amazing though is that the children even though they know whats going on with them, deal with it better than the parents and family. This is one of those situations that society would rather not hear about because it is so devastating. I know that when I hear about a child with a life threatening illness my first reaction is one of pity but then I try not to think about it. That’s the wrong thing to do and that’s why I am posting about this website on my blog. This is real folks, and it’s not something that goes away, and you never know when something like this may happen in your very own family. So take a moment visit Valerie’s site and do what you can if not for Valerie and the children her site sponsors, then for someone in your community going through the same thing. OK I’m off my soapbox now, if you have any charitable websites please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When I started the website, I didn’t want users to donate a dime to the website. But I do want to use the website for a good cause. This comes to me from Keith in Durham, NC. Keith is participating in his first ever marathon supporting a cure for Leukemia. He has been training for it for the past year and it is for a cause he feels strongly about. As for me I have known two people with leukemia, one died when he as 12 and the other was diagnosed with it last year and the prognosis is not good. I’m not asking people to donate there life savings but any amount even a dollar goes to a great cause. If you can’t contribute, money do something else for this cause like mentioning it on your blog. Anything to get the word out.