The Union Gospel Mission operates out of 12 facilities between downtown Vancouver and Mission providing meals, support, education, outreach, shelter & housing, and recovery programs. On October 12th they’ll be serving thousands of Thanksgiving meals and one local blogger is taking it upon himself to make sure they can serve even more.
The UGM has been my non-profit of choice for my Blogathon campaign for two years and I’ve been able to raise close to $10,000 with the help of my readers. One person who consistently donates to my campaign and helps promote my efforts is John Chow. Now, John sometimes gets a bad rap for blogging about how he makes money blogging but ever since I met him at the UGM in early 2008 he’s always supported noble causes and used his online influence to help make a difference.
This Thanksgiving the UGM is preparing their annual feast for the community and for just $3.29 they can supply a complete nutritious meal to one person. John Chow is asking his readers to donate this amount, which is affordable to many of us, and in exchange he will match every donation (up to $1,000 per person).
On his blog John wrote, “UGM serves over 280,000 meals each year, and provides shelter for almost 10,000 individuals a year. They are an organization that I support and I am asking you to join me in helping to feed the hungry this Thanksgiving.”
To contribute, go to the UGM’s online donation page, select “Thanksgiving Dinner” from the dropdown, then mail your receipt to John (johnchow [at] johnchow [dot] com). He’ll then list all contributors in a blog post on Friday and match the donations.