Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Think of Iala on #GivingTuesday

In an attempt to use social media for something good for a change, somebody has come up with #GivingTuesday.  It comes after Thanksgiving, when you think of what you're grateful for and count your blessings.  And it comes after Black Friday, when you grab bargains out of the hands of the slow, the weak, and the elderly.  So, on December 2nd, you are encouraged to renounce your selfishness and put your gratitude to work; you are supposed to give back, help, do something good, and basically not be a selfish jerk.  If you want to be trendy and hip, then you take a picture of yourself doing nice stuff, and you post it with the hashtag #Unselfie , to show that you're not shallow, and you're not a teen doing duck-face photos.

I would like to urge everybody to dedicate their #GivingTuesday acts of kindness to the memory of Iala.  As she is a cat, she would probably appreciate you doing something to help her cat kin, like maybe making a shelter for a feral cat, or putting out some food out for that stray who looks so skinny.  Or donate to a no-kill shelter or rescue group in your area.

Or, as D. so kindly said, you could make a donation to Four Paws to help provide food, shelter, and vet care for the homeless cats in my valley  In fact, while I was typing this post, I got a call from somebody who found 5 baby kittens in a box by the side of the road.  The caller has been feeding them scrambled eggs and doing her best to care for them, but she can't keep them, and asked if Four Paws could find them homes.  I said I'd call back, because I'm not sure if we have the resources to take on 5 more babies.  But in honor of Iala, I will take them.   And if you make a donation, I will give you the privilege of naming one of them.

But your acts of pre-Noel goodness don't need to be limited to helping animals - I'm sure Iala would approve of your doing something nice for people, in honor of her obedient human slaves.  D. Sidhe and her partner strike me as the kind of people who would like to see homeless people helped, kids educated, old people get meals, etc.

So, start thinking of what you could do to spread a little compassion and love in the world.  Do it for Iala and her wonderful human, D. Sidhe.

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