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How this Church Stretched a Dollar and Saved Lives

This Indiana church turned $1 contributions into $4 million. It stared with a Dollar Club–people giving a single dollar each quarter. The money helps foster families and people with health-cost burdens and others needing help. Then they teamed up with a charity, then with RIP Medical Debt, a non-profit that pays off crushing medical debt for people in dire need.

It’s an interesting story. Read more about it in this CNN article.

Giving a “Lyft” to Cancer Patients

Lyft is now life-sharing in addition to ride-sharing. It is working with the American Cancer Society to give cancer patients rides to their medical appointments. This is a big deal because transportation to the all-important, frequent appointments is a major difficulty for many people.

So far, it has been a pilot program in Las Vegas and Miami, but it’s expanding. Contact the American Cancer Society and Lyft to encourage it in your area.

Learn more about this Road to Recovery program–how it works, eligibility, volunteeering–at https://www.cancer.org/treatment/support-programs-and-services/road-to-recovery.html

Medical Word-Play

I’ve been too serious again lately.  And, it’s Friday and the start of a nice, long weekend.  Besides, as my regular readers know, I  can’t resist plays on words.  My mind is just twisted that way.  I hope you enjoy these.  Blame Walt Landers.  I got this from him.  (You may want to do a Ctrl/Alt scroll up to  enlarge.)

B of A = Bad guys of America

Yesterday’s post was on corporate generosity.  Today’s is on corporate greed–Bank of America’s.

If you are a Bank of America customer who, like many people, does NOT have at least a $250 direct deposit into your account each month OR you can’t keep a constant balance of at least $1500, you’re losing $144 a year.  B of A is now charging $12 a month if we can’t meet one of those conditions.  When we signed on for our free checking account, we met whatever criteria they asked us to meet.  Now they’re going back on their original agreement so they can rake in even more profits.  Yes, there is that fine print that says they can change the rules at their own whim, but bankers assured us that nothing would really change.

Maybe you don’t mind giving them that $12 a month.  Maybe it doesn’t hurt you.  But it does hurt seniors on fixed incomes, sick people who have to scrape together enough dollars to pay medical costs, single parents working two jobs to provide food and shelter for their kids–the poor and vulnerable among us.

That’s just not right.  Tell B of A it isn’t right.  Tell them they need to rescind that decision NOW.  I’m a lucky one because I have a direct deposit.  And I’ve been with B of A for decades.  I won’t be for long, though, if they don’t get rid of that unfair charge.


Beware! Helping Our Veterans

Currently, our veterans are very much on our minds, as we learn about the large percentage of homeless people being vets (number is declining, but too slowly), as well as news of substandard treatment by the VA medical system.  We want to honor the men and women who have fought our battles, to care for them as they have cared for us.

There’s a man, presumably a vet, sitting outside a store, with a cane, an ammo box, and a sign asking for donations to benefit veterans.  Our conscience pricks us.  Should we give?

Not unless we’re familiar with the organization.  This is a huge scam in our country right now–a shameful one.

Check out that group (or any charitable organization) before giving.  Be sure your money will actually benefit veterans.  There are various on-line sites that can tell you if a particular group is legally registered and does the work they claim to do.  One I like, because it’s always up-to-date, is http://www.guidestar.org.

Do whatever you can to help our vets.  But beware of scam artists.



A Lighter Look at Obamacare

My philosophy is, if you can’t understand something, pun(t). Thanks to Christine Murphy for sending me this one.

The American Medical Association has weighed in on Obama’s new health care package.  

The Allergists were in favor of scratching it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.

The Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve.

Meanwhile, Obstetricians felt certain everyone was laboring under a misconception, while the Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted.

Pathologists yelled, “Over my dead body!” while the Pediatricians said, “Oh, grow up!”

The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it.  Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing and the Internists claimed it would indeed be a bitter pill to swallow. 

The Plastic Surgeons opined that this proposal would “put a whole new face on the matter.”  

The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea. 

Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and those lofty Cardiologists didn’t have the heart to say no.

In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the [sphincters]* in Washington.

*Sorry this is a family blog, so I changed a word. – Jackie




I Can’t “Weight” to Fly

Weigh in at the airport.  That’s what a professor in Norway is proposing.  If you’re over a certain weight, you pay more for your seat.  I assume the rule would be applied evenly to people who are over the limit for all reasons. I’m for that!  Make those obese people pay more, even if they do have a medical condition.  That pregnant woman–it’s her choice to be carrying that extra weight.  Those sports stars, too, who bulk up to fight better, throw balls farther, and squash their opponents more effectively during a game or match.  Those people, too, who claim to weigh just the right amount because they’re 7 feet tall –they block the movie screen from the seat behind them, anyway, and should pay for that, too.  And don’t forget the people wearing heavy casts or leg braces–if they were close to the weight limit without them they should have dieted before flying.  All these people deserve to pay more!  (Of course, I can’t fly anymore, but that’s beside the point.)  Right on, Professor Whoever!