The very last day of this alphabetically themed week is brought to you by G. Yes the same G that gives us grits, granola, gorillas, ganache, girlfriends, gumbo, giraffes, and Georgia. G is also essential for all of those wording ending with -ing, which, let’s face, is a whole lot. The grits in our dinner of shrimp and grits were the inspiration for my thankfulness for all the glorious Gs floating around. Grits are so awesome because you can eat them for breakfast (like Scott does every weekday morning) or for dinner, and they’re pretty healthy. Well they were before I put all that cheese and bacon in them tonight. That’s ok, that’s what made them another G word. Good.
The letter G abounds in the word of charity as well. One of the most recognizable non-profits beginning with G is the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLADD for short. GLADD works to help lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender individuals share their stories and make sure the media is held accountable for the words and images they print about the LBGT community. Their work helps promote acceptance, increase acceptance, and increase equality for everyone and help people see past any labels the world has placed on them. GLADD hosted their 25th annual Media Awards in Los Angeles over the weekend to honor the media for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of the LGBT community. Big hitters like Kristin Chenoweth, Ricky Martin, and Russel Simmons are just a few of the celebrities who were award winners this year. You may have also heard of this guy named Bill Gates. Yea, he’s a pretty big deal, and so is the charity he co-founded with his wife, the Gates Foundation. Founded in 1994 the GF is focused on supporting global health, global development, and education in the United States. They are founded on the belief that every person deserves to the chance to live a healthy, productive life. Bill and Melinda are my kinda people! To give you an idea of how much money this foundation is working with, Warren Buffet gave GF $37 billion to the already impressive $29 billion in the bank. The reach that the GF has around the world and in different facets here in the US is as astronomical as the monetary figure they put up. Goodness gracious, great ball of fire Gates Foundation!
Gates Foundation Donation…Let’s be serious, they have got the money thing covered, but like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and read their blog to see how you can help in other ways!
So here’s to you G! G gives us giggles, gremlins, Garage Band, Guiliana & Bill, graham crackers, and Google. I mean, who can live without Google? I also happen to be a fan of some great G musicians like the Goo Goo Dolls, Gwen Stefani, George Straight, and Green Day. I feel like there’s one more big thing that I’ve forgotten that starts with G. It’s right on the tip of my tongue, and I think it might be a recurring theme for this blog. Now I remember, give, giving, gave. Those are definitely the most important G words I can think of.
Giving grows change