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How To Save The Lives Of 31 Children

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How many hours do you spend online in a day?

What if just one minute of those hours could save a child’s life?

Lucky for you, throughout the month of August, you can do just that.

If you’re like me, then it’s easy to be skeptical about how much good a small gesture or donation can make to save a life. I want to be on the front lines not in front of a computer screen. But when I pause to think about what it really means to give a child the gift of  many days on this earth – I knock that front lines nonsense right out of my head.

The folks behind the Shot@Life Campaign also believe in the power of small actions to create tremendous good. It’s the catalyst behind their latest life saving campaign, Blogust.

The Shot@Life campaign travels across the country to rally the American public, Members of Congress, and civil society partners around the fact that together we can help save a child’s life every 20 seconds by expanding access to vaccines.

Blogust is their month long blog post relay where $20 is donated for every comment. Why $20? Because

$20 is what it costs for one child to receive 4 life-saving vaccines: measles, pneumonia, diarrhea and polio; preventable diseases like these take the life of a child every 20 seconds.

So if you’re anything like me, you spend a good chunk of time online – checking email, reading celebrity gossip, getting your daily dose of national and world news, working, writing, watching TED talks – easily a few hours. Imagine if you carved out a few minutes from those hours to leave comment on a Blogust post?

A sentence or two, under a handful of minutes and a child gets to celebrate another birthday. I would say that’s tremendously more valuable than reading yet another article about the presidential race, right?

What has me really excited, though, beyond SAVING A LIFE (hello, do you need more motivation?), is being able to share this massive act of kindness with my daughters. I want my daughters to grow up realizing small gestures can make a huge impact. So something like this, where we sit together and type out a few words on my computer and then I explain to them a child just like them gets to ward off death, is a wonderful way for them to feel empowered to affect someone’s life.

If you’re looking for an easy way to do some good in the world, then get yourself and your kids over to the Shot@Life blog where you can find all the Blogust posts. While August is coming to a close, you’ll be relieved to know you have until August 31st to leave a comment on any and all of the Blogust posts, no worries if you missed a day! With younger kids, you can get their input for what to type or write something out for them to type out. With older kids, you can double, triple, quadruple the impact by having each family member leave a comment.

Don’t waste any time. There are lives to be saved!

 

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