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Sponsor A Child,
Change A Life (Yours)

Sure, at, we're all about laughter. But here we shift gears for a moment, because frankly, there are lots of people in the world who don't have an awful lot to smile about. We can do something about that.

Please consider this an invitation. First, some background.

Some time ago I read a book, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, by Richard Carlson, Ph.D. The author recommends sponsoring a child through the mail. I usually just breeze by such suggestions, for all the popular reasons. Those reasons usually include things like, "I can't afford this," or "Those organizations are scams." Brilliant reasons like that.

For some reason, on that day, I ignored the little voice in my head and called the charity mentioned in the book. The group was Children, Inc., based in Richmond, Virginia. Carlson gave his assurance that the group was reputable, and that his efforts through the organization had been extremely positive.

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No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
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Emma Goldman

I called and agreed to sponsor a child. My experience with sponsoring a child has been deeply powerful and thoroughly fulfilling. For just a few dollars a month, painlessly charged to my credit card, I support the education of a child in a tiny town in India. The girl's name is Poonam Dipale Wankhade.

One of the great things about Children, Inc. is that you get updates about your child. Poonam was born 12/20/1995, her favorite subject is science, her favorite playtime activity is hide and go seek, her hobbies include dancing, and she lives in a one room mud house with tile roof and a stone floor. Her father is a laborer in the grain market, and her mother earns additional money washing dishes.

I would encourage you to "adopt" a child. I would also encourage you to ignore that inner voice of yours. You know the one. The cynic. The skeptic. Consider the possibility that your inner voice is keeping you from fully expressing your generosity. Think about how much we take for granted. Take a moment to think about how lucky we are to have so many options in life. Others don't have those options.

Sure, there are probably lots of reasons to not do something like this, but maybe the secret to happiness lies in doing the unreasonable! Take a simple action to make a difference in the life of a child who needs your help.

There are lots of companies that do child sponsorships, but I would recommend Children, Inc. They are very responsible about communicating with sponsors. In addition, their administrative costs are extraordinarily low, so a larger percentage of donations goes directly to help the children.

You can reach Children, Inc. by calling (800) 538-5381 or visit their Web site here. Write for more information to P.O. Box 5381, Richmond, VA 23220.

You might have also heard about another company featured in "About Schmidt," the film starring Jack Nicholson. Find out more about Childreach on their Web site.

If you'd like to discuss this further, or if you have any questions about this process and its many rewards, feel free to send an e-mail to

One more thing. If you sponsor a child, please write and tell me about it. If you agree, we can post your story here and hopefully inspire others to make this simple, effective contribution to the lives of children in need.

Scott Roeben
President, CEO and Janitor

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