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During the holidays, when our lives are filled with joy and our bellies with seasonal delicacies, most of us also remember those in the world who are less fortunate.

This year, I hope you will join me and donate to Menu for Hope by buying raffle tickets online for a wide range of food-related prizes.

Menu for Hope unites food writers, bloggers, and readers from all over the world to raise money for those whose survival depends on food donations from the UN World Food Program (WFP). This year, funds raised by the 2007 Menu for Hope campaign will be earmarked for a school food program in Lesotho, a tiny country entirely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa, where one out of twelve kids die before the age of five and 56% of the population live on less than $2 per day.

Το see the faces of people in Lesotho who will be helped by Menu for Hope donations, go here:

Bloggers were invited to organize raffles at their sites but I found it a bit difficult and complicated to do. Hopefully next year some of the readers of the blog may donate items which we can put on the raffle and collect money for this cause, or whatever cause they choose for next year.

For more information about Menu for Hope, go here to Chez Pim:

To see the Menu for Hope prizes from the West Coast of the US, go to Rasa Malaysia:

To see the full list of Menu for Hope prizes, go to Chez Pim:

To donate to Menu for Hope, go here or to the widget on the top left hand side of the site.

How does it work?
Food bloggers from all over the world are offering food-related prizes for the Menu for Hope raffle. Anyone can buy raffle tickets online to bid on these prizes (through a site called Chez Pim but the funds will be collected by Firstgiving) . For every $10 donated, you earn one virtual raffle ticket to bid on a prize of your choice. This year bidding on prizes will take place from December 10 through 21. At the end of the two-weeks, the raffle tickets are drawn and the results announced on the Chez Pim blog. For more information about Firstgiving, go here:

Donation instructions:

1. Choose a prize or prizes of your choice from US west coast donors at http://www.rasamalaysia.com/2007/12/menu-for-hope-4-complete-west-coast_10.html or from the complete prize list at http://www.chezpim.com/blogs/2007/12/menu-for-hope-4.html#more .

2. Go to the donation site at http://www.firstgiving.com/menuforhope4 and make a donation.

3. Specify the prize you would like to bid for in the “Personal Message” section in the donation form. Each $10 donated will get one raffle ticket toward a prize. For example, a donation of $50 can be 2 tickets for UW01 and 3 tickets for UW05. Please write 2xUW01, 3xUW05.

Thank you so much for any donations you are able to make to Menu for Hope and for taking the time to read this post. If you know anyone who might be interested in donating to Menu for Hope, please send them the above information.

Happy Holidays.

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