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VIEWPOINT: Why do I donate?

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- My reason for donating to a Combined Federal Campaign organization is not for selfish gain, tax deduction, personal experience or tragedy, group or peer pressure, religious beliefs, or plain old personal satisfaction.

First, let me tell you what I donate to and you may understand why before I even explain. I donate to Denver Friends League, a World Wildlife Fund organization. I change organizations each time to spread the opportunity to help a variety of them.

There are times when I am unable to donate due to financial events going on in my life. I believe that happens to all of us. Whether it is buying a new house, new car, attending college, or expecting a new family member; life sometimes gets in the way.

I use the CFC booklet with all the charitable organizations to see how our donated money is spent and decide on the organization that doesn't carry a lot of overhead since very little is actually going to help the animals.

Why animals? Some of you may have guessed correctly and some guessed wrong. Humans are supposed to be the most evolved and intelligent creatures on Earth but we have a way to destroy what is on this planet. We have a choice to better ourselves, improve lives or destroy everything. Animals don't have this opportunity; they are at the mercy of humans.

So many animals have been wiped out due to extinction. Some animals are pets that are tortured and killed. We humans have the power to eliminate all of the animals on this planet or we can save them for the future. There is an important balance to our planet and if we eliminate so many animals because we need the land, fur, horns, because we have a fear of them, or they just get in our way, we doom this planet and our future generations.

I give to those organizations willing to help the animals live.
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