Why should you help?
It's your world that you live in. It's all you have to live in. There's no other planet that you can go to. And, what you do, how you act, affects every other being on, in, your world. 

You might have been grouchy with your co-worker. It may have rubbed off on him or her. He or she may have left for the day with your similar attitude and passed it on to someone else. Perhaps their child. Their dog. Their spouse. Their neighbor.

Before you know it, your grouchy attitude affected untold numbers of people.

On the other hand, you might have been kind, polite, warm. Someone may have sensed your kindness, felt relieved, happier, stronger. They might have felt your understanding, caring. 

They then might have gone home, been patient with their children, loving to their spouse, who in turn, passed on the goodness to someone else.

You have the power to forever change another person's life. They have the power to change yours. We are all interconnected. 

Therefore, when you help, you not only help others, but you also help yourself. Your co-worker may come back the next day and do something good for you, for others, just because of your kindness.

Whether you realize it or not, whenever you see a child or animal abused, or someone unfairly treated in a lesser way, you are deeply affected.

You may ignore it, or pretend that such things do not happen. But, the 'wise you' knows the truth. And, when you help and do good, the 'wise you' appreciates what you've done. You appreciate yourself. 

Loving and appreciating yourself is the first step to loving and appreciate others. And, that appreciation and love leads to Heaven on Earth.

For when people love one another, care for each other, are kind, wise, and choose to do good for others, they start to experience another level of joy, of contentment, of peace that surpasses worldly pleasures.

It is true that we derive great pleasure from fighting, arguing, one-upping someone else. But you may notice something. The pleasure isn't lasting.  In fact, it seems that your pleasure becomes jaded. And, these temporal pleasures seem to lead into pain, suffering, hurt, rather than long term happiness, contentment, joy.

You may choose to argue or fight at times, for foolish reasons. Inevitably, you come to regret your actions. 

Most of the great thinkers, when questioned on their deathbeds what they cherished most during their lives, was the great love they shared for and with others. None mentioned that they loved their stamp collection most of all, or their fine diamond jewelry, or their fancy cars... 

Almost to a one, they mentioned family, striving, children, pets, sharing. 

And, you can't have any of that without giving.

So, take time to give. Expecially take time to give to the most unfortunate, the most needy. In the end, not only is it for them, it's for You, too.
 
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All it takes is 1. One person can, and often does, change the world. 

One woman in Fair Oaks, California, changed the entire world's perspective on drunk driving. 
She has lost her 13 year old daughter due to a drunk driver. She devoted her life to saving other families from having such a tragedy occur to them.

Is she an extraordinary woman? She will tell you, no. She was just an ordinary housewife. She started MADD... Mother's Against Drunk Driving.  
 
With just an uplifting attitude, you, too can accomplish great things. It's a matter of going forward, no matter what. It's a matter of having faith in yourself. How do you develop that faith? 

By choosing good, doing good.
 
As a small child, you knew what was right. If a puppy was crying, you longed to comfort it. If you were hurt, you longed for the kind and nurturing love of your parents.
 
Do good. As one, you are powerful.
 
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Finding a good charity that spends its money wisely
You can check out your charity's facts and figures HERE at http://www.charitynavigator.org/.
If they use their funding wisely and prudently, and they have a good success record, then you can be assured that your donation will not be wasted.
 
Volunteering in Africa
Would you like to go to Africa to help in a hands on way? You can research volunteering in Africa HERE.
 
This could be a life changing experience for you that you will never forget. 

Sharing your blessings may very well be the best thing that you ever did, and the best thing you ever received. 

You will meet other extraordinary people. 

Your contributions could help save countless lives, and help them achieve happiness and contentment that once seemed impossible. 
 
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TODAY'S TOP ACTION ITEMS
 
1.  **NEW** Send as many people as possible to view the extraordinary images of Stéphane Lehr's Forgotten Children of Angola. Right click HERE to copy link. Poignant... powerful. 
 
1b. **NEW** Visit Angolan teenager Carlos Mezenga's blog HERE.  Website: savethechildren.net
You can donate - even a small amount can make a huge difference.
 
1c. Call for for treats for the children in San Diego who are placed in homes due to abuse, neglect, and other instances of mistreatment.  Preferable treats are healthy, yet delicious foods individually packaged.  Here's a partial list of items to consider available at Costco. Website: www.www.sdycs.org and Email: tpowell@sdycs.org.
 
1s. Visit SanDiegoActionNetwork.org You will learn about helping children from a terrible fate. The information was provided by the San Diego Sheriff's Department, as well as the San Diego Attorney's Office. These things are happening in every major city in the country.  Call your legislative representatives. Politely inform them that you are extremely concerned with child kidnapping and forced prostitution.  Ask them to consider instituting more stringent laws against these crimes, and funding for police actions against perpetrators.  Ask them if they wouldn't mind if you contact them to find out progress with this issue.
 
Click HERE for comprehensive article by Manolo Guillen on:"The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in San Diego County" Your help, gladly accepted. 
 
2.  Meat eaters: purchase humanely raised, naturally raised meat.  Better for you, better for the animals.  Allowing animals to live a good life, and then killing them quickly and painlessly is the only option worth considering. Meat from such animals is more nutritious and much better tasting and without chemicals and hormones. More likely, such meat comes from animals that were fed natural and organic feed.  
 
3.  Avoid genetically modified (GMO) fruits, vegetables, foods.  Buy organic, whenever possible, even though it may be shipped a long distance.  Organic growers need support.  Their efforts need to be rewarded.  Large growers need encouragement to switch to organic growing methods.   
 
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CHILDREN
 
See 1 above.
 
ANIMALS
 
1.  Issue 4, 5, 6 - Avoid fur, laboratories, foie gras
 
POVERTY
 
1.  Be kind to the gentle homeless.  If you were to walk in their shoes, you might have a great understanding of why they are where they are.  Be generous.  And, be careful.  If you are tricked, forgive.  
 
HEALTH
 
1.  Look into natural and alternative healing methods.  There are great successes with these natural processes.  
 
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WATER AND FOOD
 
1.  Consider contributing to Ryan's Well.  Ryan was 6 years old when he discovered children were dying of thirst. He worked for 4 months to save enough money to buy a well in Africa.  Children are still dying of thirst. Within the last 5 minutes, another small child was lost.  It is a terrible death... filled with suffering.  Water is one of the Earth's most precious resources.  The need is more pressing than ever.  
 
2.  Read about Genetically Modified Fruits, Vegetables, other Crops that can Devastate Health
http://www.mercola.com/2003/jul/2/gm_crops.htm 
 
3.  Try to incorporate more organic produce in your diet.  Natural foods have more delicious and complex flavors.  The most expensive and elegant restaurants serve organic foods for the superior quality and taste.  Make an effort to find a natural food store in your location.
 
 
ENVIRONMENT
 
SAFETY
 
 
 
LINKS
 
EAT WELL - http://www.eatwellguide.org/
 
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Contacting Your Officials and Representatives
 
Call and Write
Your Congress
 

A polite call and letter can work miracles!
 
CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR LEGISLATORS
AND OFFICIALS

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ChildrenandAnimalsFoundation.org
 
Helping, Protecting and Serving Those Who Are the Most Innocent Among Us

  About Us - Who are We?
  We are a dedicated group of individuals who want, above much else, to be of 
  service to those who are most innocent - children and animals.  We also support 
others in need as well; the gentle homeless, those who are in despair, those in need
of food,water, shelter, warmth, hope, peace and a means to find security, happiness
and a life of giving and sharing.

Funding.
  We wish to fund all as much as possible with our own pockets, so that 100% of donations 
  are used directly for those in need.  We are homebased in San Diego County, CA., USA.
If you wish to make a donation, please click here.  If you wish to help with your
time, your work, your prayers, please email us and we will respond right away.

Actions:
Through polite and informative phone calls, information pages, email messages,
helping people find a way to help and contribute.  We believe that giving and receiving
work in concert.  Those who receive, are blessed by those who give to them.
Those who give, are blessed, by the mere act of giving.  For those who give, their
cup will runneth over.


"It is through giving,
that one finds, true living."


Teaching
Teaching children to receive, but also, equally importantly, teaching children to give,
is a gift of a lifetime.  Living creatures, both human and animal, find their greatest 
joy in the acts of loving, sharing, giving.

With the love of others around them, a child's heart will grow and swell so that they 
will overflow with good and loving things.  These good and loving things will in 
turn, flow to other children around them.  And so it goes.  Join us. Help the children.
Cherish and protect every living creature.
 
 
Bless you!

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CAF, c/o CDI PO Box 230115 Encinitas, CA. 92023
www.childrenandanimalsfoundation.org
help@childrenandanimalsfoundation.org