I have been deeply concerned with the state of the economy, how quickly it is degrading, and how this is impacting people throughout the United States - especially those unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of a layoff or other forced unemployment.
I was watching 60 minutes last week when they were detailing the unemployment carnage in Wilmington, OH (where the Airborne Express / DHL company is closing, and leaving nearly 1/4 of the town unemployed - 3,000 workers thus far). And then there is the nearly daily nightly news report about mass layoffs somewhere, and rising unemployment. And, another sub-story to all this is the escalating demand for services from local Food Banks and other charitable organizations.
So, my wife and I have decided that we will be donating all proceeds from the sales of our Gluten-Free & Wheat-Free Gourmet Desserts books (link) to charity -- either regional or local food bank(s) and/or homeless shelter(s).
Notice I am not limiting the donation to "all profits" from the books sales (since "profits" is a term subject to manipulation), but rather I am saying that we will donate the entire amount collected for each book sold throughout the month:
- without any limit on quantity (well, up to whatever books we have printed, which should be plenty);
- with the only exception being the shipping charge, which already goes to employ another group of people whose business is in decline: Postal Workers and shipping-products-producers (i.e., box-manufacturers, tape producers, bubble-wrap suppliers).
Finally, to anyone that decides to purchase a book, we thank you as always, and in addition, any recipient of donations resulting from our sales would certainly thank you too if they could. And to anyone reading this Gluten-Free Blog and facing financial hardships of their own, we wish you the best and hope things work out well for you ASAP.