Sunday, August 13, 2017

Charities that I Support

Birthday or holiday, people are generous and wonderful.  But, everyone knows me: I love my friends, which I consider my greatest gifts of all-time!  I just want to be around people I love that care about me, and I'm going to have a happy birthday, a Merry Christmas, or whatever.

That's also to say: Please don't buy me anything.  I literally have a ton of stuff already.

What I would like for you to do is consider one of the charitable options below in order to celebrate anything with me, and help some much needed organizations.  Check back, I'll be adding others.

First, the church I attend is First Congo.  They have TONS of ministries that help so many people.  The ministry that first sticks out in my heart is the food ministry.  As of this writing, there are around 500 people that come to lunch each week seeking food.  We also buy about $700+ food to go with the Memphis Food Bank and MIFA supplemental foods along with a food pantry to shop in and clothes closet.  Help feed others, because your money goes a long way here!  CLICK HERE to support.

Muley has been the Official Spokes-Mule for the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis for a few years, and that's because we support the House that Love Built, housing 50+ children that are being treated at St. Jude Children's Hospital and their families (so families aren't torn apart).  The living conditions are clean, and the kids are surrounded by loving staff and volunteers, and they get to have great events that will let them share time with each other.  This communication between kids and parents going through the same thing is very beneficial to all of them.  CLICK HERE to support.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  What can I say that you don't already know? CLICK HERE to support them.

Patreon: MAW Productions.  These are my dearest friends and folks with whom I've worked for around 20 years on graphic novels and more.  This Patreon account helps the whole family keep the artwork and books going.  CLICK HERE to support them.

My pup Bebe had to go through a long bout of cancer treatment and is doing great today.  Part of the help came from the Live Like Roo organization!  Please find it in your heart to donate something to help other pets in need:

There are a few other organizations that educate and entertain.  Here is a list that I'd like for you to use:
Memphis Zoo and Aquarium
Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum
Youth Villages
Elmwood Cemetery
National Civil Rights Museum
Save the Massac Theater
Center for Puppetry Arts
Yellow Feather Fund
Give Kids the World
Make A Wish
Charles M. Schulz Museum

If helping kids is your leaning:
Another charity that I support is overseas, and it's because I constantly get real updates, personalized notes and letters, and photos of things like receipts and the purchased goods. OSO (Orphan Serves Orphans) Ministries is operated by Kasiita Frank who was orphaned and lived on the streets after running away from an abusive uncle.  He went to a church and now serves as what we would call a missionary.  I've watched him build a house for the kids, feed the kids, raise the kids, educate the kids.  He's also recently been able to afford a post office box so you can write the kids: (Kid Name, ICO Kasiita Frank, PO Box 8726, Kampala Uganda) (you can also send clothes, etc., to this address).
Meet the kids by CLICKING HERE.
Their needs at present: Food is a constant need (he mainly serves Posho (a cornmeal mixture eaten like a dough) and Beans (a $200/week expense), Windows for the new house (roughly $500 at this writing), Bore hole for fresh water well (for the orphanage, but also for his community), plus he hopes to make the orphanage self-sustainable by adding solar panels, buying more land to build a farm for vegetables, fruit trees, and animals.  School supplies are needed twice a year at $40/child, and he hopes to build a school room separate from the orphanage.
CLICK HERE to donate.
Kasiita says, "Caring for children who have ended up alone due to poverty, abandonment or death is so close to my heart. That's why i look for support for children so that i can offer a safe environment where they can learn about how special they are in God's eyes."
Clothes and shoes are always welcome.

School supplies in hand!

Kasiita teaching the kids, something nobody did for him at that age.

House, still in construction, was dedicated with a little party.

Personal letter from Isma.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

So, so, suck my toe…

Anybody remember your terrible comebacks when you were a kid?  I remember the bully kids always bumping my shoulder to start a fight with “Yo’ mama!” and rude things like that. 
“Yo mama!”
“Yo daddy!”
“Yo greasy, greasy granny with the holes in her panties going beep beep beep down Sesame Street!”

Or, when the mean kid would try to say something hurtful like, “You look like your family can’t afford a washing machine!”
“So, so, suck my toe all the way to Mexico!”
“Up your nose with a rubber hose!”

Then, the kid who always told his stories really big (not necessarily lying, just spicing things up), and the other kids would tell me, “Liar, liar, pants on fire!”  Sometimes followed by, “Hang ‘em high, hang ‘em low, hang ‘em on a picture show!”

Yeah, I still like telling stories big.

There was always the one kid who would tell you to 'shut up.'
"Shut don't go up, prices do, take my advice and shut up, too!"

As I recall others, I’ll post them here as an update.  Do you remember any of your childhood come-backs?