September 4, 2006

Practical Indulgences

In a recent article at blackenterprise.com, reporter Ann Brown explained how their site is expanding to include a new "Practical Indulgences" feature.

Its purpose?

"Living the good life doesn’t have to be reserved for the rich and famous. From fashion and beauty, travel, food and wine, entertainment and home d├ęcor, bargains can be had – with the right information. In our new Practical Indulgences feature we'll show you how to live like royalty without ending up in the poor house."

Their first entry into the Simple Life?

An article on Sample Sales, which occur in select cities and offer designer samples at a fraction of the usual price.

Help With Just A Click A Day - Really.

Here's an easy way to help people and animals and the environment: sponsors will donate for each click at the following sites, with the limit of one donation per day from each individual:

The Hunger Site -- one click gives 1.1 cup of food
The Animal Rescue Site -- one click gives .6 bowls of food and care
The Rainforest Site -- one click funds the preservation of 11.4 square feet of endangered rainforest
The Literacy Site - one click helps get books to kids
The Child Health Site -- one click helps provide health care and preventive medicine to empoverished children worldwide
The Breast Cancer Site -- one click helps fund free mammograms for those in need

What's this all about?

"Tim Kunin and Greg Hesterberg bought The Hunger Site in mid-August 2001 and with your help, work to maintain its position as a leader in online activism and in the fight to end world hunger. In addition to The Hunger Site, Tim and Greg own and operate The Breast Cancer Site (where visitors help fund free mammograms for underprivileged women), The Rainforest Site (where visitors' clicks (where visitors' clicks help save endangered rainforest), and GreaterGood.com, the cause-related shopping portal where up to 15% of every purchase goes to charities at no extra cost to the shopper.

"Since taking ownership of The Hunger Site, Tim and Greg have also launched The Animal Rescue Site (where a click helps feed an abandoned animal), and The Child Health Site (which empowers Internet users to fund basic but critical health services for impoverished children living in developing countries."

-- From the FAQs at the Hunger Site

How well do they do? Each site's results are posted, for various time intervals. For example, during the year 2005, The Hunger Site funded a total of 52,934,043 cups of food to the hungry.