Helping is Easy

Help Via the Internet

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I was watching the local news tonight. Something I don’t often do any longer. I usually head over to CNN to get a look at what’s going on across the nation and the world, although CNN doesn’t feed us much world news that is not US centric. Anyway, the local news folks do a short piece on what’s happening with technology and the internet and one short piece caught my attention tonight. It was about a site that helps feed the hungry and I thought I’d share what I learned with you.

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Free Rice is a non profit organization at freerice.com that donates tons of rice to countries in need. For each word you get right, they donate 20 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program. The game is addictive, but then again I like words and I like challenges, so it’s perfect for me. No, it’s not action packed.

No, it’s not fancy and you can’t play with friends, but this game gives back. The organization answers questions in their FAQ to help explain where the rice goes, how the game is funded and what playing the game does for the participants — which is simple. You play, you are likely to improve your vocabulary and if you click on the speaker icon, you may just improve your pronunciation skills.

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Below the game are rolling banner ads. These ads fund the purchase of rice for distribution. It’s a clever way of raising money and awareness and to get people involved in not only philanthropy, but in a way to help wipe out world hunger. And yes, the US is included in the distributions, although the date for the first delivery is not yet determined and many of the dates for some countries are years away.

All in all, it’s a wonderful, easy way for people to contribute to doing away with hunger. Check it out and set aside some time. Once you start, it’s tough to stop.

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Be sure to come back tomorrow for the first part in the series leading up to the anniversary of the JTV launch. We’ll look back on some memorable moments.

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2 Responses

  1. Wow, what a fun site! I can’t tear myself away!

  2. Haha! i knew people would get hooked.

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