We're headed into the final stretches of the holiday craziness. If you're like me, you've already started to consume wine in rough proportion to the number of presents left to wrap, and you find yourself wishing that everyone else around you would start drinking, too.
But even as the stress of the holidays mount to a fever pitch, we need to make sure that we keep it all in perspective. We're all incredibly lucky to be sitting under a roof somewhere with electricity and heat and clean water and food in the fridge. There are those whose survival, let alone comfort is much less assured than ours.
Which is why, every year, lots of us bloggers get together to run Menu For Hope.
There are just two more days left in this charity raffle, where a $10 donation to the World Food Programme gets you a raffle ticket and a chance to win the item of your choice from one of hundreds of fantastic things around the world.
I am the host of the wine related prizes, of course.
Since I posted the original list, I've added several fantastic prizes, including:
- A spa vacation at Meadowood Napa Valley
- A magnum of Torbreck Wine from Australia
- A overnight stay in a B&B in Napa with a private wine tasting tour
- A cashmere and Cabernet combo
Plus, there are lots of other wine related items from other regions around the world.
What's more, the folks behind the scenes at A Menu For Hope have designed an incredibly cool bidding tool / donation wizard that eliminates the clunky copy/paste work that you normally have to do. Check it out. It's a one-stop shop for bidding on any raffle item, and it also shows which items have more bids, and which ones are receiving less attention (and you are therefore much more likely to win!).
For those of you that have already donated, thank you so much. Based on your generosity we have already raised more than $40,000 for struggling African farmers. For those of you who haven't yet donated, I would like to appeal to several of your key sensibilities. Please consider even a $10 donation, knowing that it might just land you a vacation, a case of wine, or anything else that you might enjoy.
Check out the full list of available prizes and help us out.
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