December 11, 2008

Need

Larry Miller is a comedian and an actor. He's been everywhere and in practically everything. You've probably seen him before. In his book Spoiled Rotten: Outrages of Everyday Life, Miller highlights our fortune, mentioning the boxes of food that exist on nearly every corner. He's right. We've literally got big boxes of food - grocery stores - everywhere in North America. You want white bread? Simple. Pineapple in the middle of winter? You got it. Hummus with a unique blend of 40 spices prepared by Mongolian peasant children in bowls made of solid gold? Easy. In addition to the boxes of food, we've got boxes of books, boxes of televisions, boxed of porn, boxes of music...boxes of nearly anything and everything you could possibly want or need. This overabundance borders on insane when you think about it. Worse is our perceived need for all this stuff as evidenced by the Black Friday trampling and shooting deaths, robberies and beatings, all over stuff that is nowhere close to vital for our everyday survival.

Did you know there are people in this world who live without running water or electricity? I know, that's a really dumb, somewhat rhetorical question but it's a fact easily lost amid the sea of HDTV sales. In actuality, I'd venture a guess that the vast majority of the world's population are less fortunate than we are. I'd go a step further and guess that those of you kicking back with your morning coffee pulling up my site are more fortunate than the majority of North Americans.

I mention this not because I think any of us should feel guilty about our prosperity or success. I know I don't. We drive nice cars, live in a nice house. I have piles of books that will take me years to get around to reading. Beth and I have worked hard. We've carved out a nice life for ourselves and our kids. I'm immensely proud of that. No, I mention this because we should always remain aware that there are people less fortunate than ourselves. Especially in rough economic times like the ones in which we now find ourselves.

For each comment I get over the next 24 hours, I will donate $0.50 to charity. I will donate the proceedings to Fisher House. Each comment must be from a unique visitor - no commenting a hundred times or changing your name or email address and commenting again. There's a cap on how much I'm willing to donate but I haven't figured it out yet. I'm probably not going to be forking over $5k or anything because, let's face it, the economy blows donkeys.

Tell your friends, share the link and comment. It won't cost you a thing except a minute or two of your day and that minute or two could go a long way towards helping someone who could really use it.

UPDATE: The very generous Brooke has agreed to match my total. That basically means that your comment amounts to one genuine American dollar. Spread the word, pimp the link and tell your friends!

About Fisher House
"The Fisher House™ program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House™ Foundation donates "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times - during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury."

Posted by Chris at December 11, 2008 6:40 AM
Comments

You are amazing, Chris. Thank you.

Posted by: alektra at December 11, 2008 7:00 AM

Thanks!

Posted by: Sharri at December 11, 2008 7:11 AM

Chris, I think what you are doing is wonderful. For the past five years, I've "adopted" two kids for Christmas - kids who wouldn't otherwise have a Christmas. I know this is such a small little thing, but buying gifts for your kids again -- sure makes me feel good. Good luck with your commenting!

Posted by: Kris at December 11, 2008 7:15 AM

Amazing. :)

Posted by: Stephanie at December 11, 2008 7:18 AM

I remember when i was a kid, and my uncle hitchiked home for christmas from the marines...(he did 7 tours in 'nam) my cousins and i emptied out our piggy banks of all our change, wrapped it in foil, put ribbons on it and gave it to him so he didn't have to stand in the cold hitchiking to get back to base... thank you! and thank fisher house.

Posted by: the unicorn at December 11, 2008 7:20 AM

I still find it amazing, and appalling at the same time, that people still live this way in our MODERN civilization. It DOES get lost among the HDTV and the stories that The Media chooses to "report" to us... which explains why most of us don't even realize that things like this are happening. Thanks for giving a damn, my friend!

Posted by: ironic1 at December 11, 2008 7:22 AM

Hi Chris-thanks for helping support our troops. We go to a powerful church here called The Meeting House. Bruxy Cavey, our minister, preached on this very thing last week. Check it out! http://www.themeetinghouse.ca/themeetinghouse/myweb.php?hls=1000093

Posted by: Christy at December 11, 2008 7:25 AM

I have lurked on this blog since 2003 and today I feel is a great time to post my first comment.

Great idea Chris.

Posted by: PaulG at December 11, 2008 7:45 AM

Good for you. :)

Posted by: m. at December 11, 2008 7:47 AM

Hi Chris

Am delurking for the first time because of your generosity. I have enjoyed reading your blog for about a year now and love your daily observations and comments on family/work/life in general. Plus being a person of your parents generation, I greatly appreciate your book and music reviews/suggestions. Not always my glass of Smithwick but at least I have some common ground when the kids/grandkids talk about "Fleet Foxes",ok that may not be your glass of Smithwicks either, but you get my point. Today's comments hit it on the head. Enjoy and appreciate what fate/karma/God has given but "pass it forward". Here's wishing Beth, the little ones and you a joyous and happy holiday. God Bless

Posted by: Bill Ratliff at December 11, 2008 8:02 AM

You rock Chris! What a wonderful thing you are doing!

Posted by: Lisa at December 11, 2008 8:05 AM

Good for you for doing this.

Posted by: jodifur at December 11, 2008 8:05 AM

Yay Chris! What a fantastic idea!

Posted by: Alissa at December 11, 2008 8:09 AM

Poignant and gracious. Thank you.

Posted by: califmom at December 11, 2008 8:10 AM

I keep typing but nothing sounds "right" except what a great thing you are doing. Thank you!

Posted by: NancyJak at December 11, 2008 8:11 AM

good for you, chris. i wish everyone in this world were as awesome as you!

Posted by: Judy at December 11, 2008 8:16 AM

Just when I think that I know all the reasons why I like to come to this blog every morning, you throw in another one. Awesome.

Posted by: Sarah at December 11, 2008 8:18 AM

...wait a minute...you know that you worked hard and carved out a life for yourself. ..you mention shootings in this post... and you are giving money to a charity that helps military families...

Are you sure you are not a republican?

Posted by: William at December 11, 2008 8:23 AM

Wow, that's really nice of you. Can we comment multiple times? No? Yeah, didn't think so. Yay for charity.

Posted by: Claire at December 11, 2008 8:31 AM

This is my comment. It used to be my thought.

-Making things "real" since 1976

Posted by: Cassandra at December 11, 2008 8:33 AM

Well done, sir.

Posted by: ronbailey at December 11, 2008 8:36 AM

Well done you. I hope everyone gives pause to their spending this year and funnels more to charity -- whatever your cause. Americans, we need less stuff and more heart.

Posted by: Oscar at December 11, 2008 8:36 AM

This is such a neat thing, Chris. Thanks.

Posted by: Leah at December 11, 2008 8:39 AM

Chris,

You always seem to bring things up so similar to my own thoughts. We work hard for what we have, therefore I will not feel guilty that we have some nice stuff. On the other hand, I always support charities and volunteer my time. Most recently, for Thanksgiving, my family sponsored a Thanksgiving meal for a family who wouldn't have had one at our school. The family was so grateful and they sent a thank you note. My daughter witnessed my tears as I read that note and I was able to explain to her that it feels just as good to give as it does to receive. I can only hope to encourage my children to always want to give if they have to means to do so.

Posted by: Joi at December 11, 2008 8:45 AM

The true spirit of Christmas...

Posted by: ashley at December 11, 2008 8:45 AM

Great idea Chris, you can make that check payable to me ;-)

Posted by: Jeff A at December 11, 2008 8:46 AM

What a fantastic and unique idea! Good for you and Merry Christmas to you, Beth and the cuties!

Posted by: gojennings at December 11, 2008 8:46 AM

Hats off to you, sir. Well done.

Posted by: Tony at December 11, 2008 8:47 AM

What a fantastic idea! Thanks for reminding us how really fortunate we are in this country.

Posted by: Claudia at December 11, 2008 8:49 AM

GO YOU!

Posted by: Christina at December 11, 2008 8:50 AM

You, sir, are the coolest :)

Posted by: Margo at December 11, 2008 8:51 AM

What a wonderful idea, and what a great organization you've chosen to support!

Posted by: SpaceCase at December 11, 2008 8:52 AM

Great idea! My wife, Leah, is a daily reader and is always showing me videos or posting on your site.

Posted by: Greg at December 11, 2008 8:54 AM

You're a good guy. I think we'll keep you around.

Posted by: Karen at December 11, 2008 8:55 AM

Great...just when I'm feeling sorry for myself you go an make me feel like a worm. Great. Thanks.

Oh...nice job...

Posted by: daisy at December 11, 2008 8:56 AM

What you're doing is incredibly awesome. Maybe you'll start a trend :)

Posted by: Jennifer at December 11, 2008 8:58 AM

Such a great idea in the true spirit of the season.

Posted by: Beth at December 11, 2008 8:59 AM

I read you every day, and today you made me proud to do so. You are awesome. I wish I could more than I have this year.

Thank you!
p.s. I'm going to post a link to this post on my Facebook page!

Posted by: Michelle at December 11, 2008 8:59 AM

What an awesome idea! Thanks for your charity and reminding us all about the important things in life.

Posted by: 3jaysmom at December 11, 2008 9:01 AM

Well said man; keep fighting the good fight.

Posted by: metawizard at December 11, 2008 9:02 AM

What a thoughtful thing to do!

Posted by: DeLurking Di at December 11, 2008 9:04 AM

Ok I'm in! Good for you Chris!

Posted by: Laura at December 11, 2008 9:07 AM

thanks Chris!

Posted by: lora at December 11, 2008 9:10 AM

Commenting! This is very cool.

Posted by: Fraulein N at December 11, 2008 9:12 AM

A beautiful idea, Chris. Happy donating :)

Posted by: suze at December 11, 2008 9:14 AM

Very, very awesome.

Posted by: Nadine at December 11, 2008 9:16 AM

There is a reason I like you so much! :D

Posted by: Sparkle Pants at December 11, 2008 9:16 AM

Has anyone told you your awesome yet? Well they should! WONDERFUL THOUGHT!

Posted by: Jennifer at December 11, 2008 9:17 AM

Okay, thanks for making me feel guilty about the Christmas shopping I just did. No, really, what an amazing post.And our 'needs' really DO border on insanity. I'm glad that you are willing to do something to help...anything. Thank you.

Posted by: Tera at December 11, 2008 9:18 AM

Thanks for reminding us of how much wealth we live in, regardless of how it feels. There are others in much greater need.

Posted by: Kelly at December 11, 2008 9:18 AM

Way to step up, Chris. Kudos.

Posted by: Jen at December 11, 2008 9:19 AM

Thanks for doing this Chris. Good for you.

Posted by: Steve Boyko at December 11, 2008 9:23 AM

Nice holiday spirit!

Posted by: Suebob at December 11, 2008 9:23 AM

Chris....you are the coolest! Great post as well!

Posted by: Julie Andel at December 11, 2008 9:24 AM

I think this a great thing you are doing. Thanks.

Posted by: greenkittyrmu at December 11, 2008 9:24 AM

Such a lovely thing to do Chris xox

Posted by: Sonia at December 11, 2008 9:27 AM

xoxo

Posted by: Kalisa at December 11, 2008 9:27 AM

De-lurking for a wonderful cause!

Posted by: LC at December 11, 2008 9:35 AM

You know I've always been secretly in love with you.
(don't tell that woman BETH!)
mwha!

Posted by: Pamalamadingdong at December 11, 2008 9:35 AM

Thanks for the gentle reminder, Chris.

Posted by: Wack-a-do at December 11, 2008 9:36 AM

May your book boxes always runneth over kind Cactus!

Posted by: mymilabean at December 11, 2008 9:37 AM

Longtime lurker here, but you inspired me to comment. I agree with your sentiments wholeheartedly. We do a collection at my work and several people declined to participate because of tough times. Mind you these are the same people who order $10 lunches every day. Who am I to judge? But, sadly, people do forget there are those less fortunate. Best wishes!

Posted by: Amy at December 11, 2008 9:38 AM

What a wonderful thing to do!

Posted by: sherri at December 11, 2008 9:38 AM

What a wonderful thing to do!

Posted by: sherri at December 11, 2008 9:38 AM

So easy to donate to charity, when it's another person's money.

Posted by: anna at December 11, 2008 9:40 AM

This is very thoughtful :)

Posted by: Mari at December 11, 2008 9:42 AM

It'd be cool if you got 5k comments today, though ;)

Posted by: sheri at December 11, 2008 9:44 AM

Holy wow. I have been TERRIBLE at commenting lately (on everyone, not just you), but I had to come back for this. This, my friend, is awesome. I think you know how I feel about supporting our military. Starbucks should take lessons from YOU.

Posted by: FattyLumpa at December 11, 2008 9:44 AM

Good work. We took all our christmas money this year and sponsored a child in Mexico through the Compassion network.

Live with less and give more.

Posted by: Matt W. at December 11, 2008 9:46 AM

Yep, I've thought about it a lot lately. Glad you have too. Thanks for dropping another 2 quarters in on my behalf.

Posted by: Brad at December 11, 2008 9:48 AM

This is awesome Chris. Thank you.

Posted by: Mary Jo at December 11, 2008 9:49 AM

Well, Rude Cactus, I have no idea who you are, but a super awesome chick told me you are doing this super awesome thing so I'm here to get in on all of this super awesomeness. Um, unique comment: Pickled Kumquats. There. I don't think anyone has said that yet.

Posted by: at December 11, 2008 9:50 AM

Thank You.

You are awesome.

Posted by: Melissa at December 11, 2008 9:50 AM

another 50 cents please :) Awesome that you are doing this!

Posted by: Amber B at December 11, 2008 9:52 AM

Thanks for this, and for always providing a morning laugh - or thoughtful commentary! :)

Posted by: Joanie P at December 11, 2008 9:54 AM

Great idea, Chris.

Julie

Posted by: Julie at December 11, 2008 9:55 AM

That will be 50 cents please.

Posted by: Lori at December 11, 2008 9:58 AM

Thanks, Chris.

Posted by: Jeanne at December 11, 2008 10:01 AM

Much, much applause to you.
Thank you!

Posted by: diane at December 11, 2008 10:02 AM

You are a great guy I have been reading you and your wifes blogs for quite some time

Posted by: Summer at December 11, 2008 10:06 AM

A good example to follow.

Posted by: Rex at December 11, 2008 10:06 AM

I read you everyday, but first time I've commented. I almost have several times though.
PS - it's snowing today in south MS, 70 miles from the Gulf of Mexico!! Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!

Posted by: Sallie at December 11, 2008 10:06 AM

thats a great idea and a gerat thing to do. this year i suggested to my family that instead of exchanging gifts we donate the money we would have spent to st.judes. what an amazing service they offer to families everywhere.

Posted by: madmom at December 11, 2008 10:12 AM

Thanks for sharing!

Posted by: amandak at December 11, 2008 10:15 AM

You're way too awesome, Cactus. Way too awesome.

Posted by: caleal at December 11, 2008 10:15 AM

This is a fantastic idea and I'm glad to be a tiny part of it.

I lost my job this summer. Things were not easy. I was depressed and avoided people. I hid from friends and family. I was terrified. And at the same time, a tiny part inside me knew I everything would work out. It knew that I was blessed with amazing support in my life; that I was safe and loved and no matter what, I was OK. Despite what my bank account says, I am phenomenally wealthy.

Posted by: SassyPants at December 11, 2008 10:17 AM

Thanks Chris. What a kind gesture.

Posted by: Jase at December 11, 2008 10:17 AM

Chris, you're a good soul. Thank you for allowing us tag-a-long with Cactus-Fish adventures.

Posted by: Michael Malcangio at December 11, 2008 10:17 AM

You are truly amazing Chris - what a wonderful idea! (Do you mind if I copy it?)

Posted by: Heather at December 11, 2008 10:18 AM

I know, it's as simple as going to any other country. In my country there is tremendous poverty, I was lucky that I wasn't one of those people, but it was awful to see. Once my mom took us to our maid's house to see the conditions she lived in so we would learn from it and realize how lucky we were, and I'm not joking, she didn't have a bathroom. It was a very small wood house (if I can call it a house) and they would have to go outside. Also, maids in chile make about $200/month. It's terrible. I think we are so lucky as Americans, that's why it's important for people to try and go to other countries in the world to see that our everyday things are a luxury in most other places.

Posted by: La Petite Belle at December 11, 2008 10:19 AM

I was just in the car on the way to work listing to the St. Jude radiothon and wishing I had money to donate. But things are tight 'round here so I can't. Thank you so much for being generous and taking the time to realize how much we all have, even in these hard times. You're truly the best.

Posted by: samantha jo campen at December 11, 2008 10:21 AM

This is a fantastic idea - it seems to get lost in all of the hype about the newest electronics and most expensive holiday gifts that we are all, by and large, incredibly fortunate people. Thanks for the reminder and for your generosity!

Posted by: Burke at December 11, 2008 10:29 AM

I always feel bad for only donating whatever change I can dig out of my pocket for the Salvation Army this time of year. Thanks for inspiring me to give a bit more.

Posted by: Rachel at December 11, 2008 10:30 AM

Thank you so much for being thoughtful and generous.

Posted by: Leeri at December 11, 2008 10:32 AM

What a wonderful idea.

Posted by: Jen R. at December 11, 2008 10:40 AM

My brother did a tour in Iraq and while he hasn't had to stay in a US VA hospital, he had a close call. I'm glad to know organizations like the Fisher House exist for the families of those soldiers. Thank you.

Posted by: Will at December 11, 2008 10:43 AM

Yay for charity!

This is a great idea Chris, I'd venture to guess your awesomeness knows no ends ;)

Posted by: Kris at December 11, 2008 10:44 AM

This is a great idea Chris! Thank you!!!

Posted by: Jenn at December 11, 2008 10:46 AM

Faithful reader, sporadic commenter here. You rock.

My department, in lieu of a holiday gift exchange, adopts soldiers at the holidays. We planned to adopt two, but when the organization in charge sent us the profiles of guys to choose from, we couldn't say no to any of them, so we adopted all five. One said all he really badly wanted, other than our thoughts and prayers, was a batch of homemade cookies. Needless to say, that's not all he got.

Posted by: MamaKaren at December 11, 2008 10:49 AM

Great idea! Thanks for your generosity. My company actually had a fund raiser for Fisher House earlier this year.

We've got some crazy medical stuff going on in our family and have benefitted from housing near a hospital recently.

Posted by: sarah at December 11, 2008 10:54 AM

You rule.

Posted by: pseudostoops at December 11, 2008 10:56 AM

Fantastic!

Posted by: Tara at December 11, 2008 10:58 AM

I'm glad to see you are following through with both the year of good deeds your readership has nominated you do (hehe), and helping families in the military. After reading up on the Fischer house and all they have done, I'll be sending a check to them this weekend.

Posted by: Lizzle at December 11, 2008 11:00 AM

If these comments keep coming, you may have to take out a second mortgage.

Seriously, what a wonderful thing to do. I may hate the war - I don't hate the troops or their families.

Posted by: Ann Adams at December 11, 2008 11:01 AM

I usually just read your ramblings on my rss feed but now you're making me come and comment! Shame on you!

You're a good man, Charlie Brown, for doing this.

I've been thinking a lot lately how fortunate I am, and oh the Catholic guilt. Everytime I hear the call on the radio station or twitter for donations here and there, I'm off buying food, buying toys, sending money. We really are fortunate.

Posted by: Tania at December 11, 2008 11:03 AM

Love this! You're the real deal.

Posted by: Janet at December 11, 2008 11:04 AM

I'll throw in $10 to your cause. Email me your addy and I'll send you/them a check. :)

Posted by: oakley at December 11, 2008 11:06 AM

great idea

Posted by: becky at December 11, 2008 11:07 AM

Great idea! I commend you.

Posted by: Liz at December 11, 2008 11:10 AM

This is amazing. The true spirit of the season!

Posted by: Stephanie at December 11, 2008 11:10 AM

You never cease to amaze me Cactus Man!

Blessings on you and yours!
JJ

Posted by: JackassJimmy at December 11, 2008 11:13 AM

We emphasize giving to others year-round, but especially during the holidays. I want my son to know that eating out is a treat, even if it's fast food. Heck, I want him to know that having choices for his packed lunch is something that a lot of kids don't have. Like you said, it's not to guilt him into appreciation, rather it's to create an awareness that as fortunate as we are to have shelter, reliable transportation, clothing, heat, our health, jobs to support what we need and the ability to live with our loved ones, not everyone does, here in the U.S. or abroad. He understands that we can cut out a little on the extras to help someone else, and I think he appreciates why we do it.

Thank you for contributing to a great organization, and spreading the message.

Posted by: Ana at December 11, 2008 11:13 AM

Wonderful cause. Thanks for the reminder. David got laid off Tuesday and there has been some feeling sorry for ourselves around this house. Just when I needed some perspective, there you were.

Posted by: stacie at December 11, 2008 11:18 AM

Awesome.

Posted by: Tomika at December 11, 2008 11:21 AM

A great idea!! Thanks for doing this!

Posted by: Amy at December 11, 2008 11:22 AM

Way to use your powers for good!

Posted by: Michele at December 11, 2008 11:27 AM

Chris, I love this idea enough to post under my actual name!! I'll be forwarding it along...

Posted by: alison at December 11, 2008 11:27 AM

Merry Christmas!

Posted by: Jo at December 11, 2008 11:30 AM

Thanks for caring.

Posted by: KathyT at December 11, 2008 11:33 AM

Great idea. Here's two more quarters for them.

Posted by: rebecca at December 11, 2008 11:36 AM

Very cool; thank you!

You might be interested in this book: http://www.amazon.com/Confessions-Eco-Sinner-Tracking-Sources-Stuff/dp/080708588X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1229012781&sr=8-1.

Posted by: Midwest US at December 11, 2008 11:37 AM

You are a wonderful guy!

Thanks.

Michelle

Posted by: at December 11, 2008 11:39 AM

Great cause! It's fabulous to focus on something other than the "spirit of consumerism" right now...

Posted by: MissAnna at December 11, 2008 11:40 AM

Chris, This was a great post and idea. I'm donating to my local Fisher House in honor of your donation.

Posted by: One Mom's Opinion at December 11, 2008 11:41 AM

Thanks for doing this--both the charity and setting an example.

Posted by: Papa Bradstein at December 11, 2008 11:41 AM

this is an amazing cause and I thank you for supporting it!!!

Posted by: hornet wife at December 11, 2008 11:41 AM

Keep up the great posts, enjoy every one!

Posted by: MRW at December 11, 2008 11:42 AM

wow chris! Thank you for doing this.

Posted by: alfredsmom at December 11, 2008 11:44 AM

This? Makes me love you a little. Beautiful, Chris. And I hate to make you go broke and not be able to buy your lovely wife Christmas presents, but I'm totally passing the word on this one.

Posted by: Mr Lady at December 11, 2008 11:45 AM

This is awesome. What a wonderful idea.

Posted by: tutugirl1345 at December 11, 2008 11:52 AM

here's to Fisher House.

Posted by: Catherine at December 11, 2008 11:57 AM

Another lurker posting a comment for the first time. I used to work at a VA that is one of the receiving rehabilitation sites for soldiers discharged from Walter Reed after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. I cannot tell you what a difference the Fisher House made in their lives and the lives of their families. Thank you so much for doing this.

Posted by: bec at December 11, 2008 12:02 PM

You and your family rock!!

Happy holidays!!

Posted by: ::c:: at December 11, 2008 12:05 PM

You are truly a loving and caring individual.

Posted by: Janet Wilson at December 11, 2008 12:07 PM

very cool. I've commented a time or two before, simply b/c I find your writing thought-provoking and/or enjoyable. this time it's to support your efforts.

Posted by: paul at December 11, 2008 12:16 PM

What a wonderful thing you are doing! I won't send much traffic by posting something on my blog, most of my readers already read your site, but I will do my part. You are an amazing person!!

Posted by: Krush at December 11, 2008 12:22 PM

I've seen a fair amount of this sort of generosity this Christmas season. My sister (who has never tried to convince people to contribute to charity) just recruited a group of women to form a "circle" for Fabric of Life (fabricoflife.org) and together we will contribute to support a woman in Mali while she learns a trade and subsequently becomes self-supporting in life.

Instead of presents for each other (more "stuff" that we don't need anyway), our family is going to put our money toward foodbanks and local organizations in hopes that a lot of people will have a better winter (and hopefully a better year ahead... times are looking tough!)

I think it's all part of "the feeling of doom" that is also a "feeling of hope" that the bad times will band people together. You are setting a great example of that spirit of hope.

Posted by: Jennifer at December 11, 2008 12:22 PM

You're a good guy, Chris.

Posted by: Kelley at December 11, 2008 12:23 PM

I posted about the economy today, too. How it's giving us the opportunity to give to one another again - in the true american spirit. Way to go.

Posted by: k8 at December 11, 2008 12:24 PM

Cool!!

Over on my blog, I'm donating an item to the local food bank for each comment made before the end of Dec 12. Seems like everyone is in a giving spirit -which is, after all, the whole point o' the season. Huzzah!

Posted by: Violet at December 11, 2008 12:26 PM

Wait, what happened to the whole Porn for the Troops drive? This instead? Alright, I'm game.

Posted by: Angie at December 11, 2008 12:28 PM

Have you done any activities with Mia this year to help her be a part of giving? I'm trying to do a weekly "project" with Kaelin, who is Mia's age, to help her understand that not all kids have a playroom full of toys. Simple stuff that she can help with.
But we're 4 weeks in and I'm running out of ideas. If you guys have done anything like that, do you think you could post some ideas of things to do to help kids develop giving hearts?

Posted by: Amy at December 11, 2008 12:30 PM

Awesome cause, and an awesome author. Thanks for doing this Chris!

Merry Christmas!

Posted by: Kellie at December 11, 2008 12:31 PM

Well-done, sir.

Posted by: Reé at December 11, 2008 12:31 PM

As always, you rock Chris, have a very happy holidays!
AK

Posted by: A.K. RIchards at December 11, 2008 12:32 PM

It's kind of freaky you wrote this post. Yesterday, I was driving to school and I had one of those pregnancy cravings that make you feel like you will literally hurt anyone who tries to come between you and whatever you want. So I pulled in to a store and I bought a gallon of OJ. (and drank it all right there. Well, YOU try making people, it's not as easy as it looks!)

And all I could think was how lucky I was. I could crave something like OJ, which doesnt grow anywhere near where I am and it is available to me 24/7 and I am lucky enough to be able to afford to drink it whenever I want. It is really, really cool. And I am a very lucky woman.

I'm gonna donate to Fisher House in your honor. I hope you get a lot of comments and pay through the nose!

Posted by: That Girl at December 11, 2008 12:32 PM

How cool is this? Way to go Chris.

Posted by: Ames at December 11, 2008 12:35 PM

wonderful idea! I read this blog daily but this is my first comment. Happy Holidays!

Posted by: nicky at December 11, 2008 12:46 PM

Your site is the second one I've visited in the last five minutes which has me crying at work because of something nice being done for someone else.
This is very cool.

Posted by: kmum at December 11, 2008 12:46 PM

You are awesome to do this!

Posted by: Adi at December 11, 2008 12:52 PM

I completely agree. My husband and I are taking what we'd spend on Holiday dinner and we're donating that to our local food bank. Instead of holiday dinner we're going to deliver food to shut ins on Christmas day. It makes for such a great holiday. Thanks for reminding me about how lucky I am indeed.

Posted by: Seattle Vespa at December 11, 2008 12:52 PM

My sister is a Navy nurse, and we were all on pins and needles until her Marine husband came back safely (thank G*d) from Iraq. Thanks for raising awareness of the Fisher House and the responsibility we all have to give back, however we can.

Posted by: MaM at December 11, 2008 12:53 PM

Great idea...thanks!

Posted by: Teresa at December 11, 2008 12:55 PM

I will donate 50 cents for each of your comments, too, to a charity I have yet to identify.

Posted by: Brooke Habecker at December 11, 2008 12:56 PM

I will donate 50 cents for each of your comments, too, to a charity I have yet to identify.

Posted by: Brooke Habecker at December 11, 2008 12:56 PM

This is pretty wonderful of you!

Posted by: Kat at December 11, 2008 12:56 PM

ah, good, good idea. thanks for caring...

Posted by: hannah fortune at December 11, 2008 12:57 PM

Great idea and even better cause!

Posted by: Jil at December 11, 2008 12:58 PM

How wonderful ... makes me a little misty :)

Posted by: Sarah Sue at December 11, 2008 1:07 PM

Here is my four bits. Good job. My brother told me about you.

Posted by: CaliforniaGirl at December 11, 2008 1:08 PM

Excellent idea, Chris.

May kindness be returned to you tenfold.

Posted by: Maria at December 11, 2008 1:10 PM

Good for you, my friend! I think I may steal your idea -- in this case, I don't think a little plagiarism will be considered an offense. :-)

Posted by: Karen at December 11, 2008 1:16 PM

Brilliant!

Posted by: Heather at December 11, 2008 1:20 PM

Excellent idea, Chris. Good for you.

This is the most worthy form of "military funding" that we need more of.

Now let me plug one of my personal favorite causes...

http://www.farmsnotarms.org/

Posted by: Kingpin at December 11, 2008 1:25 PM

I'm happy to spend your money so wisely!

Posted by: Melissa at December 11, 2008 1:26 PM

Chris, you are a wonderful guy. I like you ;)
Thanks for the reminder of perspective...

Posted by: Heather at December 11, 2008 1:28 PM

Hope it's not too late...

Posted by: Hanka at December 11, 2008 1:31 PM

love it Chris.
you're a rock star.

Posted by: desiree at December 11, 2008 1:31 PM

This is so great!

Posted by: Amy at December 11, 2008 1:35 PM

Nice work, I wish I was in a financial position to do the same. you represent the true meaning of giving.

Posted by: deanna at December 11, 2008 1:36 PM

Thank you for doing this. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Posted by: Gaby at December 11, 2008 1:43 PM

You're a good egg, Chris Cactus! What a worthy cause.

Posted by: Sam at December 11, 2008 1:44 PM

Somehow you always manage to get me to view the world differently. It's usually on things that are quite common place, but because of your blog, I step back and appreciate things more. Thank you for that.

Posted by: Hannah at December 11, 2008 1:45 PM

This is awesome:)

Posted by: sunshine at December 11, 2008 1:56 PM

I wanted to put in my 2 cents worth and tell you what a great idea this is - oh, wait, that's fifty cents worth!

Posted by: Tammy at December 11, 2008 2:07 PM

Duly commented!

Posted by: Casey at December 11, 2008 2:11 PM

Hey Chris. You rock. :)

Posted by: Alison at December 11, 2008 2:22 PM

That's fantastic Chris. I donated myself to Fisher House on Veterans Day it is a wonderful organization I am so happy you chose it as your place to donate. WELL DONE.

I myself this week am donating to the Worcester County Food Bank, I do it every year and this year more than ever people need food. I also think for Christmas my family and I are going to go serve food at the local church. Every little bit helps.

I would also people who tend to have too much stuff to read the book "It's all too much" it really helped me in letting go of a lot of things that I had sentimental attachments too and was able to donate a lot of clothing to an organization as well as dishes, glasses, decorations, etc. to an organization that helps women of domestic violence whom left everything behind to get out and they take donations to start over a household for themselves.

Have a Happy THursday!

Posted by: Deirdre at December 11, 2008 2:26 PM

This is a fantastic idea and further proof that you do, indeed, rock the hizzy. Or whatever the kids are calling it these days.

Posted by: Dawn at December 11, 2008 2:29 PM

I understand that you are doing a good thing.

Posted by: Elizabeth at December 11, 2008 2:36 PM

yay!

Posted by: ttt at December 11, 2008 2:37 PM

Those first few paragraphs are like you stole them from my brain. I've been thinking a lot about this lately as it seems we're in the middle of a big case of the Wants, and I'm starting not to see the point because none of the Wants are Needs.

Posted by: Jessie at December 11, 2008 2:40 PM

Good you on Chris. Thanks for doing this

Posted by: Beth at December 11, 2008 2:40 PM

You are such a good man Chris. Thanks for the tip on Fisher House. In a country of such bounty it's pretty sick that there are military families that are on welfare or worse. I will make sure to post this link for my 3 readers. :)
Happy Holidays Cactus-Fish family!

Posted by: tulip at December 11, 2008 2:42 PM

Thank you for doing this! You're AWESOME!!!

Posted by: tanyetta at December 11, 2008 2:43 PM

What an aweseome gift, thanks for being inspirational.

Posted by: Trisha at December 11, 2008 2:44 PM

Here's to Larry Miller!

Posted by: Irwando at December 11, 2008 2:51 PM

This is a great idea Chris. I've heard a statistic that says if you've got a roof over your head and have a bank account, then you're in the top 8% of the richest people in the world. We are truly fortunate.

Posted by: Procrastamom at December 11, 2008 2:59 PM

Some my friend spent some time at Fisher House in Germany when her Hubby was injured, and the family needed a place to stay, fast. Kudos to you for recognizing what a wonderful thing Fisher house does, and supporting all our troops like this. From a Canadian to an American, hats off to you!

Posted by: Lindsay at December 11, 2008 3:01 PM

Very cool, thanks.

Posted by: kevin. at December 11, 2008 3:02 PM

You guys are good people.

Posted by: Erin at December 11, 2008 3:14 PM

What a wonderful idea! And an excellent cause.

Posted by: bad penguin at December 11, 2008 3:16 PM

This ia a nice thing you are doing. :)

Posted by: Peggy at December 11, 2008 3:16 PM

Chris, this really is amazing. Truly in the spirit of the season. :-)

Posted by: What Liz Said at December 11, 2008 3:18 PM

How can I not comment. Thank you Chris & Brooke! You both ROCK!

Posted by: heidi at December 11, 2008 3:18 PM

What an great idea!

You are a good man, charlie brown.

Posted by: kali at December 11, 2008 3:20 PM

This is a great idea Chris. Good for you.

Posted by: Issa at December 11, 2008 3:20 PM

This is such a great idea! I hope this kind of blog-enabled giving spreads.

Posted by: Nancy M. at December 11, 2008 3:21 PM

Wow, what a neat thing to do!

Posted by: Lisa at December 11, 2008 3:21 PM

This is such an excellent idea. I'm so glad you're able to do it - best wishes for you and your family during the holiday season.

Posted by: Randi at December 11, 2008 3:30 PM

Wow, fantastic idea!

Very cool! Merry Christmas!

grace

Posted by: grace at December 11, 2008 3:33 PM

Nicely done!

Posted by: Susan at December 11, 2008 3:39 PM

Do Twitter comments count too???

Posted by: coolchick at December 11, 2008 3:39 PM

I haven't commented in a while so I thought I would say hi and wish the Cactus/Fish Family a Merry Christmas.

Posted by: goodsnake at December 11, 2008 3:42 PM

Thank you for doing this! I hope your holidays are bright.

Posted by: Jennifer at December 11, 2008 3:46 PM

I think to lump in porn with everything else is going a little overboard. I mean, too much porn? Is there really such a thing?

Oh, and a little known fact about Larry Miller (except by those that know). He's an Conservative Jew.

You know what that means?

Nothing much.

Posted by: BrianAlt at December 11, 2008 3:46 PM

This is amazing, Happy Holidays!

Posted by: Sarah at December 11, 2008 3:48 PM

great idea! thanks!

Posted by: emily at December 11, 2008 3:49 PM

Merry Christmas!

Posted by: Holmes at December 11, 2008 3:52 PM

I was already shocked by your starbucks post... I feel so bombarde by "do you want to donate..." but then after reading your words that day, something clicked... really and truly what is a dollar here and there, and what is 5 dollars here and there, as tight as things may be and as tight as they may get.... they just will never ever match up with how tight things are eleswhere... beautiful gesture.... christmas truly does bring something out of us...

Posted by: amy at December 11, 2008 3:53 PM

I was already shocked by your starbucks post... I feel so bombarde by "do you want to donate..." but then after reading your words that day, something clicked... really and truly what is a dollar here and there, and what is 5 dollars here and there, as tight as things may be and as tight as they may get.... they just will never ever match up with how tight things are eleswhere... beautiful gesture.... christmas truly does bring something out of us...

Posted by: amy at December 11, 2008 3:53 PM

What an awesome thing to do - Happy Holidays.

Posted by: Nikki at December 11, 2008 3:53 PM

Great thing to do. Enjoy your holidays!!

Posted by: Joe at December 11, 2008 3:55 PM

Thoughtful and festive. I will happily spend your .50 cents!

Posted by: Jen at December 11, 2008 3:55 PM

Awesome!

Posted by: Traci at December 11, 2008 4:00 PM

Haven't commented in a year more, been busy with life (and death unfortunately) but as my brother heads to Iraq Jan 3rd(British RAF), here we go.....

Good on ya

Posted by: english thorn at December 11, 2008 4:01 PM

I wish I had something clever, sharp, and brilliant to say.

But I don't. Sorry.

Instead, I'll copy the other commenters sentiment and say "Well Done" with the contributions to Fisher House.

Cheers,

Dianne

Posted by: Dianne Hansson at December 11, 2008 4:01 PM

Thanks for your thoughts, I agree 100%, we all have and want too much. I'm not sure its a recession or just everyone wising up to the marketers at the same time and deciding enough is enough. I swear if I see one more commercial where they suggest you give someone a car or truck for christmas, I might go mental at the thought of such excess!!

Posted by: Heather at December 11, 2008 4:02 PM

Excellent idea! Happy Merry Christmakwanzika! :)

Posted by: Garth at December 11, 2008 4:08 PM

Chris, you are amazing. I have been on medical leave after hip surgery and have basically eschewed all commenting, etc. Takes too much energy to think through the heavy duty narcotic painkillers.

But for this I will come out of my self-imposed hiatus and throw a comment your way.

We decided this year to greatly scale back on what we are spending on the holidays. Our girls are ecstatic even when they receive very small, inexpensive gifts, so why are we dropping a mint every year? They'll be excited on Christmas morning, even if there is no Wii under that tree.

Thanks for doing this. I've been coming to visit for years now and this is just one example why I return on a daily basis!

Merry Christmas, my friend.

Posted by: zanie at December 11, 2008 4:12 PM

Chris, you are amazing. I have been on medical leave after hip surgery and have basically eschewed all commenting, etc. Takes too much energy to think through the heavy duty narcotic painkillers.

But for this I will come out of my self-imposed hiatus and throw a comment your way.

We decided this year to greatly scale back on what we are spending on the holidays. Our girls are ecstatic even when they receive very small, inexpensive gifts, so why are we dropping a mint every year? They'll be excited on Christmas morning, even if there is no Wii under that tree.

Thanks for doing this. I've been coming to visit for years now and this is just one example why I return on a daily basis!

Merry Christmas, my friend.

Posted by: zanie at December 11, 2008 4:12 PM

go charity

Posted by: Jane at December 11, 2008 4:13 PM

The Fisher House is an incredibly worthy charity. You = A-Ok.

Posted by: You can call me, 'Sir' at December 11, 2008 4:15 PM

Of all your blog posts...this is the best. Totally awesome idea and great charity!

Posted by: The Stiletto Mom at December 11, 2008 4:16 PM

Kudos, Chris! You're a good man. Happy Holidays to you and your family :)

Posted by: Mel at December 11, 2008 4:17 PM

You are awesome. Great idea, great charity.

Posted by: Jen at December 11, 2008 4:18 PM

Great idea and Fisher House seems like a great charity.

Posted by: Tracy H at December 11, 2008 4:18 PM

Since our friend Paul was wounded in Afghanistan and his family stayed at Fisher house - we have had a much better understanding of our place in this world, and the benefits of living in a stable, prosperous first world nation.

Thanks for reminding us to stay humble, and manage our excess, rather than allowing it to manage us.

Posted by: Scratch at December 11, 2008 4:23 PM

How much are you up to now? What the hey, let them have the whole enchilda anyways! Have a Merry Christmas, to you and yours.

Posted by: dawn at December 11, 2008 4:26 PM

my brother in law just got sent to some top secret place in northern Iraq ( he's intelligence) for 12 to 18 months. so thank you Chris.

this is a very kind and admirable thing to do.

Posted by: Cri at December 11, 2008 4:27 PM

This is great, thanks!

Posted by: Red at December 11, 2008 4:29 PM

Delurking for the Fisher House cause.

Posted by: Paula at December 11, 2008 4:31 PM

What a great way to donate to charity :) I had never heard of the Fisher House; thank you for sharing.

Posted by: Angela at December 11, 2008 4:31 PM

I'll delurk for a good cause. Thanks!

Posted by: Liss at December 11, 2008 4:37 PM

This is great.....I bet it makes you smile everytime you see another comment pop-up.

Posted by: Jen at December 11, 2008 4:39 PM

Fisher House is such a great charity - bless you.

Posted by: carol at December 11, 2008 4:40 PM

How very generous of you and Brooke. Thank you!

Posted by: nic at December 11, 2008 4:45 PM

Thank you!

Posted by: Becky at December 11, 2008 4:45 PM

This is so true, and important to remember. Thank you.

Posted by: jess at December 11, 2008 4:47 PM

This is wonderful. Thank you for being so generous.

Posted by: jessica at December 11, 2008 4:48 PM

Kalisah (http://kalisah.blogspot.com/) once wrote something to the effect that she feels more hopeful knowing there are people like you (yes, you, Chris) out in the world.

To which I say: Ditto.

:)

Posted by: Eclecta at December 11, 2008 4:49 PM

What a wonderful idea!

Posted by: Jennifer (prayedforone) at December 11, 2008 4:52 PM

What an amazing thing you are doing here!! Warms the heart.

Posted by: Amy at December 11, 2008 4:54 PM

great initiative, well-done!

Posted by: jesse at December 11, 2008 4:54 PM

You area wonderful person, we all need reminding just how good we have it even when times seem tough. Thanks for doing this

Posted by: Christa at December 11, 2008 4:55 PM

Good luck with your comments!

Posted by: Liberty at December 11, 2008 4:58 PM

What a great cause to support! Way to go, Chris!

Posted by: Janet at December 11, 2008 4:58 PM

I'm a first time visitor to your blog and I am so inspired by this post, and by what you are doing here. Thank-you!

Happy Holidays!

Posted by: Shana at December 11, 2008 4:59 PM

Thank you for showing gratitude and generosity--I'll pay it forward. :)

Posted by: Nanette at December 11, 2008 5:01 PM

What a wonderful, generous gesture. :)

Posted by: Jennifer at December 11, 2008 5:10 PM

You the man Chris!

Posted by: Elissa at December 11, 2008 5:11 PM

Go Chris - and Brooke! Great idea.

Posted by: Milly at December 11, 2008 5:11 PM

Just wanted to get my comment in. This is a very awesome thing that you are doing.

Posted by: Jody at December 11, 2008 5:16 PM

This is an awesome thing for you to do.

Posted by: Gina Cole at December 11, 2008 5:20 PM

What a generous thing to do, here's another fifty cents!

Posted by: Lisa at December 11, 2008 5:23 PM

We do have way to much when others have so little.

Posted by: Natasha @ Maw Books at December 11, 2008 5:25 PM

This is an awesome thing to do. Good for you!

Posted by: Paula at December 11, 2008 5:29 PM

This is a really great idea.

Posted by: Jennifer at December 11, 2008 5:29 PM

Have you heard the song "Twas the Night Before a Soldier's Christmas"? I cried. I cry just thinking about it.

What an amazing, worthwhile charity, Chris. Good on you.

Posted by: Mindy at December 11, 2008 5:31 PM

What a great thing to do. Thanks.

Posted by: Dennie at December 11, 2008 5:32 PM

Looking forward to seeing how many people have responded.

Good on you, and on Brooke!

Posted by: Marina at December 11, 2008 5:34 PM

This truly warmed the soul. Thank you!

Posted by: Laura at December 11, 2008 5:42 PM

Well you asked so I'll comment. I suppose this is better than the pound of porn, but that did make us laugh here.

Thanks for what you are doing.

Posted by: Earthami at December 11, 2008 5:46 PM

Chris, you rock.

Happy holidays!

Posted by: Tara at December 11, 2008 5:56 PM

This idea is so much better than sending porn to the troops! Merry Christmas to the Cactus Clan!

Posted by: Liz at December 11, 2008 5:56 PM

great idea!

Posted by: kati at December 11, 2008 6:02 PM

What a nice and generous thing to do. I donate to
several charities all year long but this was an
easy one!

Posted by: Michaelene at December 11, 2008 6:21 PM

What a nice and generous thing to do. I donate to
several charities all year long but this was an
easy one!

Posted by: Michaelene at December 11, 2008 6:21 PM

Hats off to you, kind sir!

Posted by: ie at December 11, 2008 6:23 PM

What a nice and generous thing to do. I donate
to several charities all year long but this was an
easy one!

Posted by: Michaelene at December 11, 2008 6:24 PM

Not only do most of us live in greater physical comfort than many of the other people alive today, I think we live better than most of the people who have ever lived. Think a king or queen in a medieval castle had it better than you do? I doubt it. No way would I go back to the time before aspirin and dentists and clean water and and and. We are phenomenally lucky to live as we do and it's good to reflect on it.

And a big thank you to this blog for making donations!

Posted by: Celia at December 11, 2008 6:25 PM

You inspire me greatly.

Posted by: Kate at December 11, 2008 6:25 PM

Ah, I love you. You may recall my son-in-law spent some time at BAMC after being injured in Iraq a couple of years ago. He's currently on his third tour. I've sent the link to my daughter and she will be spreading the word. You may be bombarded with comments from military wives. ;-) Thank you SO much for your donation.

Posted by: Jaycie at December 11, 2008 6:41 PM

I have long felt that you should cough up a chunk of money every time I share my considerable talents by posting a comment on your website. But fifty cents! Wow, that's more than I ever would have thought of asking for.

Your random acts of kindness continue... Keep it up.


Posted by: Marshall at December 11, 2008 6:45 PM

Fantastic idea, and kudos to you for your contribution!

Also, Larry Miller may be my very favorite 'unknown by name to most but easily recognizable' comedian around. His 'Stages of Drinking' standup bit is phenomenal.

Cheers to you.

Posted by: Charlie at December 11, 2008 6:48 PM

Here by way of Granny Ann...

It's a wonderful thing you and your friend are doing and I wish you much success in your efforts to raise funds for Fisher House.

Merry Christmas!

Diane

Posted by: Diane Jennings at December 11, 2008 7:03 PM

You guys are awesome!

Posted by: Lori at December 11, 2008 7:05 PM

Delurking for a good cause. :-)

Posted by: S at December 11, 2008 7:12 PM

What a wonderful idea- you are fantastic!

Posted by: Kirsha at December 11, 2008 7:22 PM

What a wonderful idea- you are fantastic!

Posted by: Kirsha at December 11, 2008 7:23 PM

Way to go Cactus!!! Delurking for charity.... :-)

Posted by: unixlass at December 11, 2008 7:30 PM

Go, Cactus, go!

Posted by: James Proffitt at December 11, 2008 7:37 PM

My ex is in the military. He's served one tour overseas (while we were together) and he's scheduled for another one next year. One of his closest friends from that time lost his leg in Iraq. He was only 22. His wife spent all her time at Walter Reed. They got married before he left but had another ceremony after returning home for family and friends. He was still required to stay at Walter Reed though. When he and his wife came back, the nurses had turned his room into the best "non-hospital" room they could, to try to give them a honeymoon. I wanted to cry when I heard about it.

Thankfully, he's doing well now. I remember the first time all the guys saw him walk after coming home. It was at our first Marine Corps Ball. Their faces lit up. Nothing makes you prouder than seeing a room full of Marines recently back from duty and a best friend able to walk again.

Things may not have worked out with my ex, but I will always be proud of him. Proud of all the men and women that serve this country. If any of you are reading this, thank you! And Merry Christmas!

Posted by: Amanda at December 11, 2008 7:44 PM

What a great thing to do!

Posted by: Angela at December 11, 2008 8:17 PM

Happy Holidays to all!! What a great cause to support!

Posted by: Travis at December 11, 2008 8:37 PM

Add a dollar for me.

Posted by: Meredith at December 11, 2008 8:45 PM

merry christmas...here's to a safe, happy and healthy new year!

Posted by: jennifer at December 11, 2008 8:49 PM

Happy Holidays to those who protect our Country! We appreciate you!

Posted by: ddido at December 11, 2008 8:52 PM

Happy Holidays to those who protect our Country! We appreciate you!

Posted by: ddido at December 11, 2008 8:53 PM

Thank you for what you are doing for Fisher House - you rock!!

Posted by: TSgt P at December 11, 2008 8:54 PM

I'm in awe! What a great thing to do.

Posted by: Kimberly at December 11, 2008 9:03 PM

Fisher House is an amazing charity, what you and Brooke are doing is wonderful.

Posted by: Byzogal at December 11, 2008 9:08 PM

Thank you for doing this, Chris and Brooke!

Posted by: Kimberly at December 11, 2008 9:11 PM

Thank you for doing this!

Posted by: Amber at December 11, 2008 9:22 PM

Fantastic! Good on you!

Posted by: Gwen at December 11, 2008 9:23 PM

cool thing that you and Brooke are doing...awesome!

Posted by: Becky at December 11, 2008 9:31 PM

Wonderful post and idea. Thank you for donating.

Posted by: Pamela at December 11, 2008 9:56 PM

Coming out of the lurking closet to help a good cause. Merry Christmas!

Posted by: stacy at December 11, 2008 10:06 PM

what a great idea. why don't I ever think of such things! good job!

Posted by: Wendy at December 11, 2008 10:07 PM

you rock!

Posted by: mingaling at December 11, 2008 10:12 PM

Here's my comment for a good cause! Have a great day!

Posted by: Michelle at December 11, 2008 10:25 PM

Thanks a lot!!

Posted by: Z at December 11, 2008 10:46 PM

Granny sent me. well done :)

Posted by: jobthingy at December 11, 2008 10:56 PM

Great idea; thanks for the effort!!

Posted by: CharmingBitch at December 11, 2008 10:57 PM

Nicely done - happy holidays!

Posted by: Beth in StL at December 11, 2008 10:58 PM

You're a wonderful human being, Chris. THANK YOU for doing this.

Posted by: Haley-O at December 11, 2008 11:16 PM

another dollar!

Posted by: chrissie at December 11, 2008 11:27 PM

I gotta put in my 2 cents...er, 50 cents. Hi Chris!

Posted by: Kate at December 11, 2008 11:28 PM

Well done, Chris!

Posted by: La Petite Chic at December 11, 2008 11:29 PM

Wonderful gesture Chris - thank you!

Posted by: Starfruit at December 11, 2008 11:44 PM

You're very generous. Thank you.

Posted by: Lisa at December 11, 2008 11:47 PM

Thank you for being so kind and generous.
God Bless and Happy Holidays

Posted by: MJ at December 11, 2008 11:56 PM

Because you didn't ask....here's my comment. I have long lived a life of grattitude being always present in my attitude. I think it was instilled in me by my "waste not want not" preachying grandmfather who lived through the Great Depression as a young man entering adulthood. He often taught me that "one mans junk is another man's treasure". I often find myself reminding myself that as I pass homeless people on our street corners begging for money. I know that they would love to trade lives with me. I don't have a HDTV nor do I drive a flashy car, but I have a good and comfortable life...one that I am largely at peace with.

All this commentary ...to raise 50 cents. ;-)

Posted by: Kristy at December 12, 2008 12:00 AM

What an awesome idea, I can't promise to match it but I'll find some way to do something! Thanks!

Posted by: Karen at December 12, 2008 12:17 AM

Thanks Chris and Brooke!

Posted by: Tess at December 12, 2008 12:30 AM

Thank you for your donations to help military personnel and their families. I'm here via Roc Rebel Granny! She's cool that way!

Posted by: Bacchus at December 12, 2008 12:53 AM

hmmm good idea. Nice work man.

Posted by: artfrew at December 12, 2008 12:58 AM

Big Boxes of Food. I never really thought about it that way. Thanks for the perspective, and for doing this. I'm going to have to see what I can donate. :)

Posted by: Manda at December 12, 2008 1:20 AM

Here I am, count me!

Posted by: Kate at December 12, 2008 1:27 AM

What a wonderful initiative!!

Posted by: Linda at December 12, 2008 5:19 AM

Hi, I've just come over from Roc Rebel Granny. I really admire what you're doing and I hope you get heaps of comments for a good cause.

Posted by: Puss in Boots at December 12, 2008 5:28 AM

I'm never sure what time it is on the internet, although IRL I can still tell where the little hand and big hand are and what they mean. But hopefully I've made the cut-off. Thank you for doing this, and for educating me on yet another good cause.

Posted by: another sue at December 12, 2008 6:42 AM

crap - I didn't do my blog reading yesterday. too late?

Posted by: Holly at December 12, 2008 8:55 AM

This is amazing. Thank you for your generosity. Also, my husband wants to start Porn for troops with you.

Posted by: Annie at December 12, 2008 9:03 AM

Very cool idea-Happy Holidays to you and Brooke!

Posted by: Kelly at December 12, 2008 9:55 AM

I hope I'm not too late...I couldn't read yesterday due to craziness but I'm here now. This is a great idea, Chris!

Posted by: Amanda at December 12, 2008 9:57 AM

you both rock, great idea hope not to late.

Posted by: Colleen at December 12, 2008 12:05 PM

Am I too late??

Merry Christmas and thank you for sharing some good fortune this season.

Posted by: Sabrina at December 12, 2008 12:21 PM

Wonderful idea! Hope it's not too late to pitch in?

Posted by: Iris at December 12, 2008 12:40 PM

Commenting! Ho, ho, ho!

Posted by: Sandi at December 12, 2008 3:02 PM

Awesome idea :-D. Hope I didn't miss out. I've been slammed with company and went to a hilarious play last night in Weho (even posted about it today). Just now getting around to catching up on my reading.

Posted by: Kristy - Where's My Damn Answer at December 12, 2008 10:59 PM

Tis the season!

Posted by: Danielle at December 13, 2008 1:24 AM

Sorry I missed it.

Posted by: J at December 14, 2008 7:37 AM

I haven't checked blogs since Wednesday or Thursday at least and missed this, but wow- you guys are all so super cool! This brought Christmas seasony morning tears to my eyes :-)

Posted by: Karen at December 16, 2008 7:41 AM

Hey Chris - I've been away from the Internets for a bit and missed this. I was part of a group that did a cookout at Fisher House in Bethesda over the summer and it is a terrific place. I will be making a donation in the memory of my father in law who passed away last week... :)

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