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Day 38: The Couch Potato GIVE

Occasional, when I am a little tired, I may get ranked as a AA personality rather than a AAA personality, but I’m not sure I have ever been ranked as a couch potato. But I know there are a few of you are out there. This GIVE is for you! Since this week has been so full of excitement I decided to have a quiet, calm GIVE that anyone could do right from your couch.

GIVE 38 / DAY 38

There are so many ways and so many causes online you can GIVE to. I have already given to a few of them but this one caught my eye for a special reason today.

It is a site supporting the hungry in India. It is called Bhookh Relief Foundation. This site was started by a young gentleman born and bred in India. His best friend motivated and inspired him to create change in the world before his early death. There objective is simple: “To provide, using the Internet, staple food to chronically hungry Indians so as to enable them to survive, learn and work.”

Here are the top 5 hunger facts taken from their site.

1. Hunger remains the No.1 cause of death in the world.

2. There are 820 million chronically hungry people in the world.

3. 1/3rd of the world’s hungry live in India.

4. 836 million Indians survive on less than Rs. 20 (less than half-a-dollar) a day.

5.. 10 million people die every year of chronic hunger and hunger-related diseases. Only eight percent are the victims of hunger caused by high-profile earthquakes, floods, droughts and wars.

Today it took me only one click to donate a cup of staple food to the hungry Indian.

This GIVE today is in honour of my Mother who was born in India and to her twin sister who died at birth there and stills rests in peace in India’s soil. She is my Editor in Chief and takes time first thing everyday to make sure my spelling and grammar are at least reasonable for this blog.

We can all do something every day, couch potato or not. You don’t need to blog about it or write a book or even tell anyone you did it, but you will know you have done something good by the warm feeling you have in heart when you go to bed each night. Today you too can created change in the world.

It just takes a moment to change a life.

Time Commitment: 30 seconds

Cost: 0


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