24 March 2008


Let's start with today:

I had a free hamburger on BYU campus. It was an attention-getter sponsored by the Choose To Give campaign, a division of the BYU Annual fund. I have been far removed from campus life for some time now, and was not too keen on being an advertisee (is that a word?), but it was free food! Even though I wasn't really hungry, there was no line and it almost seemed a waste to not get this burger. The only topping available was a slice of American cheese (an item I've been taught to avoid since I was small) and then mayo, ketchup and mustard. Although disappointed that there were no onions, tomato or lettuce, I must shout about how wonderful was my hamburger. So yummy! I think it just boils down to the fact that even cheap ground beef patties are better in America than they were in the DR. I am so grateful for good, cheap meat.

But about the important stuff: Choose to Give. This also tugged a heart string because I remembered volunteering for this promo-week when I was a freshman. I spent much time at a booth in the Canon Center (is that what it's called--that housed the cafeteria for DT?) encouraging others to Choose to Give. I haven't really thought about it again since. But I had a moment to sit and read the handouts from the free barbeque, and I'd like to put a plug right here right now: the idea really is great: a bunch of students give a few bucks and after a while, the bucks add up to a scholarship for a fellow student who can't pay for school otherwise. I felt like 'the vision' really caught me! IMAGINE: if every student just donated one dollar, it could pay for full tuition for several people really in-need. But I read that NOT every student donates. In fact, last year the donations came from a total of about 9,000 students. Even if it is just about a third of the student body, it's great. But I hope more of us zoobies can all donate a few bucks to help our neighbor.

It's odd, because I feel that it's really unlike me to promote something like this, but I am. And thus, I hope you go through the painless process I just experienced by donating online: http://www.c2g.byu.edu/ .

That's all for now.

1 comment:

Paul said...

I just found this comment from last March. Very inspiring message about the Choose to Give campaign. I'm going to share it with the University administration.