Give a woman a dress, and she is clothed for a day. Give her a sewing machine, and she can clothe and feed her family for a lifetime. Spirit of America is helping Iraqi women help themselves through "Sewing Machines for Women in Ramadi." As the women sew, so goes the nation. (Photomontage based upon USAID photo)
Ready, on your mark, get set, SEW! Spirit of America's Friends of Iraq Blogger Challenge officially begins tomorrow, December 1, and runs through that magic day -- our birthday! -- December 15 (midnight Pacific time). As you may know if you're a regular visitor, we're putting our treddle foot behind SOA's project to raise money for sewing machines for the women of Ramadi, and we've already raised $360.
Jim Hake, the brains behind SOA, reports that overachievers who jumped the gun have helped raise a total of $30,295 already donated to various projects. We love what blogpal Frank LoPinto of The Cool Blue Blog had to say about it all:
"Many of us pajama folk who inhabit the blogosphere have taken up various causes, but none unites us as much as Spirit of America and its efforts to raise money to 'assist those advancing freedom and peace abroad,'" writes Frank, reminding his readers of our birthright as Americans to help the needy help themselves, especially during this blessed gift-giving season of a thousand points of light in the gathering winter darkness. "Americans are a generous people. In the course of this year alone, Americans have donated over $240 billion dollars to various charities, with over 85% of households supporting non-profit organizations."
We encourage our readers to give to the charities of your choice. Besides Spirit of America, we're naturally giving generous sums to our local Animal Rescue League of Boston and Angell Memorial MSPCA. Ever since 9/11, we've had a soft spot for our fellow citizens who tirelessly serve our communities as firemen, police officers and Salvation Army soldiers. So many worthy causes -- our dauntless and patriotic troops most of all -- so little time. If we all pitch in, it will make a difference.