If I may, I'd like to waste your time for just a few more minutes:
The Booze News has spoken:
Last week was the premier of “The Bum Trading Card” and it seems like people either like it or hated it. For those who hated it, it was extremely nice of you to send lengthy emails and post us on your blogs, but in the end you just wasted a bunch of people’s time and didn’t help anyone. Rather than blame us for their situation, get up from your computer and go work in a soup kitchen.
Anon: I respectfully ask you to take just ONE more look at the Bum Trading Card #2 link, and read the stats on this weeks 22-year old young man.
I wonder, do you still find honor in their intent, of "elevating the homeless out of invisibility?"
Am I turning into a dour old closed-minded school marm with no sense of humor?
I do not blame The Booze News for Richard or Sean's situation. I still find the cards tasteless, condescending and inappropriate, and I'll waste my time and yours saying so if I choose to.
And they're right, volunteering in a soup kitchen would do me no harm.
Until then, I will continue, as I always have when solicited, sending along whatever few bucks I can to support these two local charities:
The TIMES Mens' Emergency Shelter
70 E. Washington Street
A Woman's Fund
501 W. Church Street
Champaign, IL 61821
There are plenty more where those came from: http://www.prairienet.org/cwt/Champaign_Urbana_Shelters.html