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23 April 2009 @ 10:22 pm
Fandom: Food Banks & Animal Shelters Need Your Help  
Despite all the rhetoric, the truth is, we're in a global depression that will likely get worse before it begins to get better.

As I struggle to return to the workforce following my own long-term illness, I can consider myself one of the lucky ones: I have a roof over my head and am able to pay my bills. But many aren't that fortunate.

Every day, there's a family losing their home, a child going hungry, or a pet being turned into a shelter (or worse abandoned). And every day, it's getting a little worse for someone else.

That's why I'd like to ask fandom to take a long, hard look at itself.

We in fandom do have a tendency to spend our money on silly things -- from bubble-gum cards to DVDs to fan magazines to replica robots. Some of us, of late, have had to tighten our belts and make the hard decision of whether our latest indulgence is really necessary.

For those who can still afford their newest fannish extravagance, would you also be willing to make a similar gift to your local food bank or animal shelter? Both are hurting badly -- and so many are closing -- your gift might help keep them going in this time of need.

And for those of us on a tight budget, we can still do our part. For example, switching to two meatless days a week, the money saved could be used to buy a case of soup or a bag of pet food. That gift might help any number of people or pets.

As fandom likes to refer to itself as a gift economy, it's time for it to be willing to truly put those words into real-world actions.
sidewinder: jack the catsidewinder on April 24th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
My local animal shelters and animal welfare groups always get my spare $'s. One of ours is just gearing up for its annual art auction/fundraiser as well to help raise money for their vet bills and animal care, which is just a no-brainer for me. I can make art! I can make art cheap! And donate it to the auction where they can make (hopefully) a good amount of money from it!