July 05, 2004


I have a relatively small blog. I won't kid myself that I can make a big difference, but I'd like to try something, with your help of course.

I just recently got a currency adjustment for my salary. Since the dollar is so weak and many people live on the German economy, we got an extra 4% of what we made last year. I didn't make that much -- since I only started working in September and I'm woefully underpaid -- and I don't spend much money on the economy. Thus the money is waiting for a good cause, and I think I've found it. I want to buy one of these:


When I read at Spirit of America that the 1st Marine Division is trying to raise money to buy sewing machines for women in Ramadi, I thought that this would be a good cause. I enjoy my sewing machine and have been learning to quilt, so it seemed fitting that I could use my currency adjustment check to help Iraqi women start earning money and making clothes.

However, I don't have the full amount. One industrial sewing machine costs $475, so I was thinking that maybe my readers could help make up the difference? I get about 100 page views each day, which means if everyone kicked in five bucks we'd have a whole machine. I know many of you have already donated to Spirit of America, and I'm already amazed at how giving you all are, but maybe you could spare another $5? Like I said, I don't have any illusions that I can generate thousands of dollars like other bloggers did, but I'd be thrilled to get anything I could.

If you would like to donate, visit the Spirit of America site. You can use PayPal, VeriSign, or personal checks. And if you do donate something, comment on this post and let us know how much you've given, so we can all see when we've made it to a full sewing machine. I'll make up the difference.

I hope I generate at least some interest with this project. I'll donate regardless, but I thought it would be cool to say that we here at trying to grok bought a sewing machine for the sewing center in Ramadi.


Yay for the participation! I just got an email from a reader who suggested that some might feel funny about putting an amount in the comments section. Feel free to email me and I'll put an "anonymous" comment like I did for the first person. And like I said, $5 is plenty...and no one has to feel bad if they already gave at the office!

Posted by Sarah at July 5, 2004 10:49 AM

I got an email with info from an anonymous $50 donation. Great start!

Posted by: Sarah at July 5, 2004 03:27 PM

You know you can count on me. I just paid bills and need to figure out how much I can spare!

Posted by: Mike at July 5, 2004 09:48 PM

Just donated $5.00!!

Posted by: Amy at July 6, 2004 03:54 AM

I put in $10.

Posted by: Ron - WI at July 6, 2004 03:59 AM

I just sent $15 to Spirit of America for a sewing machine. (However, there wasn't a way to make a comment on the Pay Pal transaction to mention "Trying to Grok". Sorry.)

Robin in Ohio, reader

Posted by: Robin in Ohio at July 7, 2004 11:54 PM