Well, folks, Christmas is upon us. Kate and I are back in Michigan after a trip to see parents and in-laws and hospitals. Next time we should probably leave out that last one.
But, as Christmas approaches, I thought I should give a plug for Worldbuilders. If you don't know them yet, go to the link and read up on it. Or read the rest of this post.
Worldbuilders is a charity run by Patrick Rothfuss, author of the Kingkiller Chronicles (big, thick fantasy books about a red-headed wizard. Kind of). The gist is this: Pat and several other fantasy authors organize donations to Heifer International, and then match 50% of donations with their own funds. They (the authors) also donate autographed books and other such neat stuff, which is given to people who donate. The details of how that works are on the worldbuilders site, so check it out if you're interested.
The point, though, is this: because of Pat and these other authors, your charitable donations go farther. My family decided this year that instead of giving eachother lots of stuff we don't need, that we should buy a cow for a family in Africa so they could rise out of poverty. And because we did it through Worldbuilders, we gave $500, enough for a cow, and they gave $250, enough for a water buffalo. That's right. A water buffalo.
So, give it some thought. Every bit counts. Click over to Worldbuilders and check them out.
And Merry Early Christmas.