$10 — It shouldn’t be this difficult

Today, I’m joining friends at the World Vision Blog, linking up to raise awareness and tolerate #faminenomore in the Horn of Africa.

What ONE THING could you give up, and text-in your $10 donation instead? I think the obvious answer here is my daily dose of Starbucks. But I don’t drink Starbucks everyday. I take advantage of the free coffee at work. The next most obvious answer — dinner out. But we really don’t eat dinner out that often. I’m trying to make all the recipes in our new “Cook this, not that” book. What about new shoes? Well, I do like new shoes. But those are far more than $10. (sigh) This $10 thing shouldn’t be this difficult.

$10. It’s just $10. Why can’t I think of one thing I spend $10 that I could give up this week and donate to help those in crisis in the Horn of Africa instead!?!

(This is where the bigger picture hits me like a 10 pound bag of bricks… and I feel completely self-centered. Not in a detrimental, guilt-ridden way. But in the way that makes me feel completely and utterly blessed.)

$10. I know why I can’t think of the ONE THING I spend $10 on each week that I could go without. It’s because everything I spend money on is more than $10!!! I rarely go anywhere and spend less than 10 bucks — Panera Bread, Target, the grocery store… all cost me more than $10 when I make a visit.

(sigh again) What do I do with this epiphany? Start limit my spending to just $10 at a time? Is that what I need to do make a difference — in my own finances, or in the lives of hungry people half a world away? I’m unsure if this is the answer. In fact, I don’t really know the answer.

But I do know this — I am blessed. I am lucky, fortunate, fortuitous, in the groove… whatever you want to call it. I am blessed. And so are you if you’re reading this.

If you’re reading this, you have a computer, or a smart phone. More than half of the world’s population don’t have a telephone of any kind. If you’re reading this, you have access to the internet. More than 2/3 of the world’s population does not have access to the internet. (Source: Internet World Stats)

And if you’re need of even a little more perspective, consider this: Nearly a billion people live on less than $1 a day. The average American consumes about $7 worth of food everyday. And more than 12.4 million people are suffering in the Horn of Africa because of a lack of food. Over 35% of all children in the region are facing emergency levels of malnutrition. Starvation is a real threat for families in famine-declared Somalia. (Sources: Get Rich Slowly, World Vision Blog)

With a perspective like that… $1o is something I could give up and not even notice. (That’s why I’m making it $50).

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Head over to the World Vision Blog where Joy Bennett has inspired me with her starter-words.

Donate to World Vision’s fund for the Horn of Africa food crisis. or text “FAMINE” to “20222” to donate $10.

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