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Seeing the World from Both Oculars-- a Bananaslug's Journal

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Give WHEN it hurts...
Seems to me Jesus had something to say about that in the parable of the Widow's Mite...but here's a note about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation I clipped from the Aurora Beacon-News.

Gates Foundation to increase giving

The assets of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation lost 20 percent of their value in 2008. But Bill Gates says the foundation will increase its giving this year instead of cutting back because of the economic downturn. In his first annual letter, issued Monday, Gates said the wealthy have a responsibility to help those who aren't> "This is especailly true when the constraints on others are so great. Otherwise, we will come out of the economic downturn in a world tht is even more unequal, with greter inequities in health and education, and few opportunities for people to improve their lives," Gates wrote.

Hopefully some of that giving will come home to the over 5000 people Gates' former company (he's retired now) Microsoft just announced layoff plans for.

But that aside, Gates is right. And whatever our personal definition of wealthy is, we can each find a person who is less well off than we are, and help them.