by Tim Kempf
I have to admit, I love everything about this time of year. I am a "Christmas/Holiday Junkie" at heart -- one of my favorite seasonal songs is called "My Grown Up Christmas List" (best-performed by Ms. Amy Grant -- youtube it!). Anyway, as Christmas draws closer, I am making my list and checking it twice, and Out4Immigration is DEFINITELY on my list...
As I'm sure you know, O4I is an all-volunteer organization, and (as with ALL volunteer organizations), resources are never abundant enough. For me, personally, Out4Immigration has been a lifeline in my situation -- I have made great friends, shared joys and tears, gained valuable knowledge and received great guidance as I navigate the binational, same-gender landscape.
I know you are probably being bombarded with requests for "year-end holiday gifts" now but I hope you will consider giving whatever amount you can to support the work Out4Immigration does for all of us. I like to look at it this way: my partner and I would spend $25.00 going to see a movie so we will stay in one night and send the $25.00 to Out4Immigration instead, so they can continue to do the good work they have been doing.
Like many, I am a bit apprehensive about what 2011 will bring, politically-speaking, but I know as long as the volunteers at Out4Immigration continue to do the great jobs they have been doing, our shared future will continue to be hope-filled...
It's easy to donate to Out4Immigration. Simply go to the O4I website, and click the DONATE tab in the left column navigation bar. All the instructions are there.
BTW, the following text is taken directly from the O4I website, and I think says a lot about the organization: Your donation goes a long way. Keep in mind that Out4Immigration is entirely run by volunteers who give time and money to fight for our cause. Out4Immigration has no paid positions, does not pay rent/lease for an office or equipment, and does not employ lobbyists.
I hope you will consider donating to Out4Immigration, being as generous as you can. No amount is too small to help further the great work being done on our behalf. May you and your family enjoy all the blessings of the season.