hey there junkies. never hurts to give back or help another in need. my cousin recently launch a new website: http://www.mealtrain.com
from their site, "A mealTrain is a coordinated effort to support a community member through meal deliveries." basically, if there is someone in need within your community, you and others can pitch in and help them out by providing pre-cooked/prepared foods. this could help someone: who just had a baby, who just lost a loved one, who is sick/disabled, who just had a loved one deploy overseas, etc. reasons are plenty, but the purpose remains the same. help someone through a tough patch of time by joining together with friends, family, neighbors, and relatives, by taking one thing out of their hands and making a meal or two.
i hate to use myself as an example, as i am someone lucky enough to not be of need, but when we had our first son dinner was the last thing on our minds. if it weren't for family and friends coordinating amongst themselves to bring us some lunches and dinners, i think we would have lost a few pounds those first few weeks. it is a simple way to help out, and it means a ton to the person on the receiving end.
i encourage everyone to check it out, especially if you know someone who could use a hand and would be well suited for this program. this site is totally free to sign up, and only costs you your time and effort in preparing a meal or two. it's also (obviously) run entirely online and you can set a mealTrain up for anyone anywhere you are. features include setting preferences, calendars to allow 'booking' of dinner in advance, etc. from what i've seen, there are no ads on the site. this is totally a community inspired site, and again costs you nothing. you also choose whom you'd like to help, so you know where your efforts are headed.
other suggestions for the site usage also include as gifts. for example, don't know what to get someone for a baby shower...or want to do something extra special as a get well present, set up a mealTrain. at a shower you could pass out cards or something with the web address and get others involved.
having said all that (and I thank you for your time in reading this, and especially thank Sadock & A for allowing me to post about the site), what sort of charities or community support efforts are you other junkies into? please feel free to share. every now and then it's great to give something back or help out. please feel free to post your efforts below.