Remember last week when we learned how to build our communities? Based on the interview with Liz Strauss and the comments that followed, bloggers gained tools to increase their readership.
Although some bloggers only build a large community and following for selfish reasons, e.g. to sell products, have bragging rights, and/or to gain a standing in blogosphere, we can also use our blog’s reach to help others.
On Monday (9/1/08) as I was watching the Glenn Beck show on CNN, one of his guests was Josh Kaye, founder of “Bake Me A Wish” (www.bakemeawish.com). Josh Kaye started an online business where he sells and delivers cakes all over the world. When he received a call from the mother of a soldier in Iraq, asking if he could ship one to her son, the creation of a new endeavor named Operation Birthday Cake was formed. He then partnered with Soldier’s Angels and by doing so, he now ships over 5000 cakes each year to soldiers oversees (on their birthday), all for free.
That, in itself, was a powerful story, but when I clicked on Soldiers’ Angels site, I realized what a generous non-profit organization they had created. By joining their efforts, we can adopt a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine, become an Angel Baker, sew a blanket, make a scarf, or donate our time and/or money for other purposes that will help our soldiers. They even have Angel bloggers.
A sampling of their efforts is well described in their “2008 Wrapped In Holiday Spirit” package.
Handmade “Blankets of Belief” form the heart of the Soldiers’ Angels Wrapped in Holiday Spirit care packages for the 2008 Holiday Season. These special Blankets are designed to tell America’s service men and women, “We believe in you.” When deployed service members receive a Blanket of Belief, they know that somebody back home remembers them, that somebody labored over a handmade blanket with love and belief in them. Along with the handmade Blanket, each Wrapped in Holiday Spirit care package includes a collection of yummy snacks, a stainless steel travel mug, socks, and a holiday card with a personal note of thanks and support.
Although “Soldiers’ Angels is for U.S. soldiers, I’m guessing every country has a similar program.
Having a blog is enabling me to spread the word about great organizations that help others.
I know many will read my writings.
Hopefully some will decide to join the cause.
Have you ever used your blog to help others? If so, how?
Would you use your blog to promote a favorite charity or worthwhile cause?
In what other ways can we use our blogs to help others?
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