Yesterday, some kind Midwesterner placed an order for one of my Banksy-inspired Free Palestine shirts. In the past, I've donated $5 from the proceeds of every shirt to the Palestine Crescent Society (a branch of the Red Cross), but last night, preoccupied with other things, I went to the First Nations Development Institute website and made a donation. It was only after completing the donation I realized my mistake. Not that the First Nation Institute isn't great (it's in place to assist in strengthening American Indian economies, a matter dear to my heart), but if my buyer had wanted a Native American shirt, he would have bought one.
Anyway, I went to the Palestine Crescent Society site, but was unable to place an order. So I went to a folder on my computer where I keep information on great non-profit organizations to see where else I might donate. I opened the World Wildlife Fund site- something about seeing images of all those endangered animals tugs at my heartstrings. Very quickly, I forgot myself again, and inadvertently made a $5 donation. Again, once the transaction was completed, I realized my error.
I did, however, laugh when I saw how much my support was appreciated by the 'WWF', which, on a side note, made me remember pictures my dad once gave me of the time he went to see Andre the Giant:
I wonder if there has ever been an acronym war between the World Wrestling Federation and the World Wildlife Fund? Anyway, the shirt below has nothing to do with wrestling...
Now, $5 isn't a lot, although this past year I've learned quite a bit about how to stretch a dollar. If my kind Midwestern buyer is reading, please know that you have inadvertently donated to not one, but three very worthy and unrelated causes!
My flutter-brain-ness is really helping to save the world. Sigh.
I am Melissa Banigan. I've been many things under the sun, but am currently a single mom raising an amazing kid in Brooklyn, writing novels and short stories, and working on some art (canvases and paper). I also, under the moniker melifera, produce off-the-cusp embroidered clothing and bags.