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a public service announcement

I'd like to let you know about one of my favorite charities. Modest Needs is a group that uses donations to help people out with small, emergency expenses that they have no way to afford on their own. There are many people out there living paycheck-to-paycheck who don't have the means to cope with unexpected expenses like hospital bills, car repairs, a large winter heating bill. Modest Needs' philosophy is that the cycle of poverty begins with just such events and seeks to break the cycle by providing assistance to people facing bills that they can't pay.

The things I really like about it are the openness of their ledger and the way they keep bureaucracy to an absolute minimum. They don't spend any of donors' money on fundraising. Lately Modest Needs has been helping out a lot of hurricane victims; obviously, there are now a lot of people who've lost their jobs and homes and just need some money to get by. If you have the means, I encourage you to support Modest Needs with a donation.