Monday, August 30, 2010

Doing Something Good, Again

UPDATE: I just wanted to let you know that Dewluca has graciously set up a Facebook page for this project (see the comments section for the link). Also, since watching Jim Thome hit homers is so much fun, I've decided that I'll also donate a food item for every tater he mashes. This is gonna be fun!

September is almost here. The summer is winding down, school is about to start, football is ramping up. It's easy to kind of check out on the Twins' season.

But, this is the time the Twins need us most. They're pushing to the playoffs; the call-ups are coming soon. It's just getting good.

About this time last season, I was tired of watching this team flounder and piss away the rest of the season. I needed a fun boost to keep hanging with them. At the same time, I knew I wanted to make a food donation to my local food shelf and I was looking for a way to know how much to buy. So I decided to pledge two food items for every Twins win. Now, as then, I like Twins' wins much better than Twins' losses.

My pledge worked much better than I expected. For one, the Twins must've been truly motivated by my idea, because they pulled it together and won the division. Also, I wound up donating way more than I thought I would -- I figured it would be 30, maybe 40 items. Turned out it was 66 (actually 70).

I had so much fun, I'm going to do it again. For every Twins win from Sept. 1 until the day they're cleaning out their lockers, I pledge two food items. Last year, I pledged for opponents' losses too, but that just seems like bad karma, so I won't do that. To make up for those items, I'll kick one in here and there as my whim strikes me (for such fun things as complete game wins, cycles, dramatic walk-off hits, etc.).

Again, I pledge to find good, healthful foods that families can use, plus few treat items.

I challenge you to join me in this pledge. It's fun, and it makes you feel good. And as far as making the Twins win, it can't hurt and it might help.


JimCrikket said...

Great idea (again)! Count me in!

Beth said...

I like it. Count me in for 1 per win.

dewluca said...

Great idea! I'm in too! But with a slight variation.
My neighborhood food bank tells me that they can buy more food with cash than I can get for the same amount at the grocery store (because they get special deals; also I figure they know better what they need and I hate to grocery shop). So, I will donate a minimum of $1 for each Twins win for the remainder of the regular season (plus likely a few bonus $$ for special wins). I will also throw in an extra $10 if they clinch the division before September 27th (because I REALLY don't want the down-to-the-wire anxiety). GO TWINS!

dewluca said...

For any of you on Facebook, I created an event for this so I could invite my friends to join in. It's called Twins September Food Drive and you should be able to find it at:

dewluca said...

sorry should have tried