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Tuesday - 11/13/2012, 2:00am EST
My two favorite charities are a national organization that helps people down-on-their-luck and trains them for work, and a children's hospital where nobody is turned away because they can't pay. Turns out one of my sons has given generously — meaning even more than me — to the same hospital. It is our way of saying thanks for having, between us, seven healthy and happy (most of the time) children.
Global giving notwithstanding, there are times when charity begins closer-to-home. Maybe this is one of them. Superstorm Sandy barely clipped the D.C. area. We stocked up as per usual. Our comfort kit is white milk, white bread and toilet paper. All we got was some cold rain.
Other parts of the Atlantic coast got slammed. New Jersey and New York took a major hit. We've all seen the TV shots of the Jersey shore, flooding in lower Manhattan, etc. People are still without power, heat or fuel. Cops are monitoring gasoline rationing in stations which have the electric power to run the pumps. Many ATMs are out. Some people's homes are gone or uninhabitable.
They can use our support and (if that's your thing) prayers. But also, they can use cash. Like now.
There are many ways we can help. The Red Cross and Salvation Army are obvious choices. And there are many more.
For federal and postal workers, there is an obvious choice: FEEA. The Federal Employees Education and Assistance Fund. FEEA gets its money from some very generous corporate sponsors (GEICO, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, LTC Partners), and from some very generous federal workers. Some contribute with each paycheck via the Combined Federal Campaign. Others, at times like now, contribute directly.
Members of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association hit by the hurricane can apply for grants of up to $500 through the NARFE-FEEA fund. They must have documentation of damage or need. Those wishing to apply can do so by clicking here. Or, call (800) 338-0755. Remember, the lines are busy, and they are staffed by volunteers.
To donate to the NARFE-FEEA fund members can send tax deductible donations to:
NARFE-FEEA Disaster c/o: FEEA
3333 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80227.
You can also donate by credit card by calling (800) 338-075 or by clicking here. Select "NARFE-FEEA Relief Fund" from the drop down menu in the Gift Designation Section.
The National Treasury Employees Union (one of the co-founders of FEEA) has pledged to match up to $25,000 based on member contributions to FEEAs's NTEU Fund. More than 30 major federal installations (as well as the homes of workers) were right in the Hurricane Sandy bullseye.
All East Coast victims of the hurricane can download an application by clicking here.
NEARLY USELESS FACTOID
By Jack Moore
Before settling on "The Army Goes Rolling Along," the Army planned to name "The Army's Always There" as its official song. The plan was scrapped, though, because it sounded too similar to a popular 1940s tune "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts."
(Source: Mental Floss)
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