04 December 2007

D'oh!

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Pecan Praline, Caramel Fudge, Raspberry Cheesecake, and Very Berry.

Shake it up! We've got our shakes on sale for $3.69 today for all varieties (regularly $3.93-$4.62).

I noticed a couple of mistakes on yesterday's mailer. The first was a grammatic error in the first sentence. The second was a little more important. The coupons should all read 2007 for their expiration and not 2006. Mea Culpa. I guess that is what I get for cutting corners. Rather than tie everyone's inbox up with another email, we will honor the coupons will as is. Don't forget to use them.


Today's Charities:

Kiva.org: Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world. By choosing a business on Kiva.org, you can "sponsor a business" and help the world's working poor make great strides towards economic independence. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates from the business you've sponsored. As loans are repaid, you get your loan money back.

Kiva partners with existing microfinance institutions. In doing so, we gain access to outstanding entrepreneurs from impoverished communities world-wide. Our partners are experts in choosing qualified borrowers. That said, they are usually short on funds. Through Kiva.org, our partners upload their borrower profiles directly to the site so you can lend to them.

Kiva is using the power of the internet to facilitate one-to-one connections that were previously prohibitively expensive. Child sponsorship has always been a high overhead business. Kiva creates a similar interpersonal connection at much lower costs due to the instant, inexpensive nature of internet delivery. The individuals featured on our website are real people who need a loan and are waiting for socially-minded individuals like you to lend them money. (Text taken from the Kiva.org website.)

Network of Community Ministries
: Network was started in 1986 by what was then the Richardson Ministerial Alliance in response to the increasing number of people coming to the churches for help. We started with 32 member organizations - 22 were religious organizations and 10 were social, civic and service groups.

BASIC PHILOSOPHY

We’re here to be a bridge for people - to help them over a difficult time.
We never do anything for our clients that they can and should do for themselves.
We provide short-term assistance for long-term independence.
Not being able to feed your kids or pay the rent isn’t a “problem,” it’s a symptom.
Our job is to find out what the problem is, what the client is doing to avoid this problem in the future, and how we can work together with the client to get them back on their feet.
We empower, not rescue.
We don’t judge, but we do evaluate.

SERVICES WE PROVIDE INCLUDE
Food
Clothing
Limited Financial Assistance for:
Rent and Utilities
Night School & Summer School Tuition
Prescriptions
Counseling/Medical
Child Care
Bus Tickets (local and long distance)
Gasoline Vouchers
(Text taken from the Network website.)

While it is better to give than to receive, it's alright to be happy when you receive something as well. I was joyful to see this email in my email from Radiohead yesterday:

Hello,

Just to let you know…Your “In Rainbows” discbox has now left w.a.s.t.e. in the UK. You can expect delivery of your discbox in the following estimated times.

UK 1-8 days
Europe 1-14 days
Rest of World 5-18 days

Wherever possible (especially to customers in the USA), we’ve sent these by road and sea. December is a busy time of year for postal services globally, so please be patient. We thank you for your custom and hope you enjoy your discbox when you receive it.

Best wishes.
us @ w.a.s.t.e.

(Merry Christmas to me!)

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