Wednesday, August 31, 2005

If you have been wanting to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, please consider giving to an organization called Modest Needs. Modest Needs was started by Keith Taylor, with his OWN money...he set aside several hundred dollars per month in order to help others avoid financial catastrophes. Your donation is tax deductible. I just made a donation of $25, which I wish could have been more...I know we all feel that whatever we have to give is such a 'drop in the bucket,' and not very helpful...after all, who has the billions of dollars it will take?... but if everyone who can make any donation, of $5, $10 or even matching what I gave, it will add up to a lot. Modest Needs is trying to raise at least $5,000 for Hurricane Katrina victims.

Would you be willing to match my $25 donation?
It will take about 2 minutes or less
CLICK HERE to access secure donation form

What is Modest Needs?

Modest Needs is a non-profit organization reaching out to hard-working individuals and families who suddenly find themselves faced with small, emergency expenses that they have no way to afford on their own.

Most persons living paycheck to paycheck earn just barely too much to qualify for any type of conventional assistance. This means they can't receive the help they need to overcome a short-term crisis - until they've already lost everything.

Modest Needs exists because we think there's a better way to do things. As far as we're concerned, no hard-working person should ever have to choose between taking a child to the doctor and putting food on the table.

How Modest Needs Works

At Modest Needs, compassionate persons whose lives have been touched by kindness pass that kindness on to hard-working individuals and families struggling with the burden of an unexpected emergency expense.

We do this by helping these persons to afford small, emergency expenses like those we've all encountered before: the unexpected car repair, the unanticipated visit to the doctor, the unusually large winter heating bill.

Operating this way since 2002, Modest Needs' donors - regular people just like you - have kept 1643 individuals and families from entering the cycle of poverty over a small, emergency expense. And in keeping with our philosophy, we never ask for anything in return.

How You Can Help

By choice, the work we do at Modest Needs is funded exclusively by the generosity of private citizens, with gifts typically ranging from $5 to $100 at a time.

If your life has been touched by kindness, and you're looking for a meaningful way to pass that kindness on, we hope you'll contribute to this work. At Modest Needs, EVERY person has the power to change a life.

Here is an excerpt from the latest Modest Needs newsletter:

"Like most of you, I’m sure, I’ve spent much of the last two days glued to the television reports coming out of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. If you’ve seen the images of Biloxi, Gulfport, and New Orleans in the wake of this disaster, I think you’ll agree that Biloxi Mayor A. J. Holloway was not exaggerating when he called Katrina ‘our Tsunami.’

For those of you who’ve asked, yes indeed, Modest Needs already is receiving applications for help from Floridians affected by Katrina
. We haven’t yet begun to receive applications for help from persons living in Mississippi or Louisiana – it’s just too soon. But over the next few weeks, we will certainly be inundated with requests for help from persons living in these areas.

Specifically, over the coming weeks, we’re expecting to see literally hundreds of applications from people seeking types of assistance not generally available elsewhere – help to afford expenses like insurance deductibles, or to replace personal items (like clothing) lost to Katrina.

I think we’d all like to respond to as many of these very special requests for help as we can, as quickly as we can. So today, I’m asking for your help to create a special pool of funding at Modest Needs. My goal is to raise a modest $5,000.00 designated exclusively for applications directly related to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.

If you’ve seen the news coming from the areas hardest hit, you know we’re going to need every penny of that over the coming weeks – and then some."

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