Today I found myself watching the video for “Do They Know It’s Christmas” because being a child of the 80s (sigh) I still have a fondness for that song, regardless of how silly it is (most people they were fundraising for weren’t Christian nor do they celebrate Christmas) and how deeply it fell short and how they completely excluded women except for the chorus (“We Are The World” did much better on the women front) and barely had any faces of color (which was ironic since they were raising money for hungry folks in Africa).
I watch it every year. God bless YouTube.
But it got me thinking about poverty, and hunger, and remembering things like my first Christmas in Philadelphia when my mom and I had no money at all to spare, not a penny, and how we were able to get a free Christmas tree from a street vendor, and then we decorated it with the empty foil chocolate santa wrappers we had from our mutual jobs (which I still have, and still put on my tree every year), and then how we drove down to see family near Washington, DC, trying desperately to find routes that didn’t involve any tolls (which is almost impossible). It was a hard year for my family in 1986.
This has been a horrible year for many, and many will be hungry, and many will have little in the way of a Christmas.
One.org is trying to help raise awareness about global issues like hunger, as well as also increase awareness about AIDS. You can help today, but taking a second and doing something simple: sending a tweet. You are all likely well aware of my twitter addiction – God knows I love the format – and my job today to help One.org is to ask you to tweet something for me as part of their 12 Days of Change for this holiday season.
So, please do. Tweet this:
“This holiday season, @CecilyK says to check out @OneCampaign, like ‘em on Facebook (http://bit.ly/srNH5T), and begin the end of AIDS.”
This is not a sponsored post. I joined this campaign just cause I could.