“If you want a house, you have to work hard for it. And, oh Lord, am I working hard.”
— Anita, future Habitat homeowner
As crazy as it seems, we are on the downhill run to Christmas, with 134 days remaining until the big day. It is in this half of the year when we begin to recognize our respective good fortune, and that tends to put us in a charitable state of mind. As a result, this is the first in a series of newsletters where I'll profile a non-profit organization that you might consider supporting. You know I like to be different, so I'm not going to bore you with their financials. Instead, I want you to know about the people that founded them, the people that run them now, and what they hope to accomplish.
To start, we are going to look at Habitat for Humanity International. Its story is very cool....
Benjamin Franklin is one of my favorite "founding fathers." Most people know him as a famous inventor, diplomat, and key contributor to the writing of America's Declaration of Independence. What fewer people know or think about is that Mr. Franklin wasn't always the fascinating man that history now paints him to be. More to he point, he knew it. Because of that fact, at the age of twenty, young Mr. Franklin identified thirteen traits that he felt made one a virtuous man and he then created a system to develop those traits within himself. We are glad he did, because without him, who knows where we'd be today.
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