Thursday, July 12, 2012

Humanists "Beat the Heat" Campaign

We have just learned tonight that there are 105 people in Tippah County, Mississippi, who are on a long waiting list for air conditioning. Given the record-breaking temperatures here and the fact that so many of these people are elderly, disabled, or have small children, it is no understatement to say that these peoples' lives are in jeopardy.

Because we believe in social justice and we know that no gods are going to solve this problem, we humanists are ready to do something about it! We want to raise as much money as possible to buy air conditioners for these families so they will not needlessly suffer through this incredibly harsh summer. Even a small window unit will make a big difference - especially for those people who have allergies, breathing disorders, or are at high-risk for dehydration. And the best part is that this air conditioner unit will give a family several years of relief. The small investment you make now will pay out immediate and long-term benefits.

How can you help? The easiest way is to click the button on the right side of our page and give to the cause. You do not have to have a Paypal account to do so and your information is secure - we will never see it. Likewise, we aren't going to publish your name in the local paper or on this blog so you don't have to be worried about being "outted" as an atheist. In fact, we'll be happy to accept your donation if you're a believer who wants to do something good. The only thing we care about is getting air conditioners for those who need them!

If you work at a store that sells air conditioners and you can get us a discount, that would also be a great help.

Finally, if you spread the word to all your friends and family, we have a much better shot of raising enough money to help all these people. I'll take 100 people giving $5.00 just as quickly as I'd take one person giving $500.00. In the end, the person getting the life-saving air conditioning won't mind.

How can you be sure your money is going to this cause? We have a widget on the right that keeps track of how much we've raised. When we get enough money, we will purchase the air conditioners and post pictures of the receipts. Our plan is to also get some pictures of us turning the air conditioners over as well.

We are always saying that, "Hands that help are better than lips that pray." Let's show Mississippi that we mean it! These folks are desperately hoping that their god is going to help them. If we do nothing, the only relief they may find is on the other side of the grave. We can make a difference - we can give 105 people something to REALLY believe in ... humanity.