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December 12, 2002

Do some good So I

Do some good

So I was reading this article about cyberbegging (e-panhandling if you prefer) on CNN, and ended up following links until I got to http://www.savekaryn.com. I know that most of you have already read about Karyn, who was $20,000+ in debt and started a Web site to plead for cash so that she could get out from under her mountain of debt. Well, she is out of debt and has started a feature called "Pass the Buck", that aims to help others in need of a little green.

The "Pass the Buck" of the week is a 10-year old girl named Annie. Annie needs to raise about $3,720 dollars more in order to have oral surgery to repair damage done to her front teeth that occured when she fell as a child. As a result of the injury, she is missing her front teeth entirely. An excerpt from the Web site:

Annie is ten years old and has lived with her grand-mother since the age of three. Annie does very well in school and has worked through the years to overcome several handicaps. She excels in reading and math and loves to
play with other children and make new friends. She seems a bit shy and rarely smiles when around strangers.

Annie tells us the teasing about her teeth began early last year. She says that kids at school call her names and make fun of her front teeth. She says this makes her very sad -- but she tries her best to just ignore them. She says sometimes she cries. Annie's grandmother tells us that Annie asks her often: "Grama, when will I get two front teeth -- like everyone else?".

I know it is a tear-jerk story, but that is not why I am posting. I am posting because this is an issue that is near and dear to my heart. For most of my life, I had very crowded, very ugly teeth. Only in the last two-and-a-half years have I finally gotten braces and corrected the problem. I know that it is very hard on the self-image to have jacked-up teeth and a crooked smile. I know that my self-confidence has grown by leaps and bounds as my teeth have straightened and I wish I'd done it a long time ago. I wouldn't want anyone to grow up afraid to smile because they don't want to be ridiculed or rejected because they have ugly teeth.

I donated a little spare change to Annie's cause and I hope that you will as well or, if not, will at least pass this along to someone that might want to help. If you want to read about Annie's case and contribute, visit http://www.basketbizhelp.com/annie/index.shtml. It's what Christmas should be about. Thanks!

Update I wanted to post the note of thanks I got from the staff of the Web site that is sponsoring Annie's orthodontics, to let people know that any contribution you can make would be appreciated.

We've received your donation
via PayPal, for Annie's orthodontic costs.

Wanted to send you a huge 'Thank You' on
her behalf and wish you a very happy holiday
season.

Your generosity is much appreciated.
Take care!

Posted by Kehaar at December 12, 2002 05:00 PM | TrackBack
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