Hurricane Irene caused major damage, even if the news cycle has abandoned that story. Here is a first-person video from someone in Vermont showing the amazing amount of flooding in his area:
Modest Needs is creating a Hurricane Irene fund specifically for those affected by the storm. When you contribute to Modest Needs, you can now specify that your gift go to Hurricane Irene victims. So, if you want to directly help those who mainstream media has forgotten, Modest Needs is the way.
This young man who spent time in a children's hospital created a drawing iPhone app is is donating proceeds to the hospital where he stayed for purchase of activities for the other children who spend time, bored, in hospital beds. He's smart, he's kind and he's changing lives for the better:
What follows is a heartbreaking, devastating look at what the Great Recession has wrought, particularly for the country's children. It's a 13 minute video about the harsh realities of those who've slipped from the middle class into poverty.
These are exactly the situations Modest Needs aims to prevent:
What would happen if you helped three people, and in turn asked those three people to help three people? Watch this short little video to find out how you can set off a chain reaction of kindness that could very well change the world you live in:
A fascinating, inspiring look at the word "compassion" and how it is perceived in certain circles. Krista Tippett, in this TED Talk video, resurrects the word and proposes a new meaning for "compassion." Take a look and let us know what you think.