Remember this from last week’s Wordless Wednesday post?
The Monkey Do Project is a non-profit founded by a friend of mine who realized that her calling is to help people in need in the Appalachian area. Not familiar with the Appalachia area? Neither was I. Here is the information that I read from The Monkey Do Project’s website.
“The Appalachia region is 205,000-square miles that stretch along the Appalachian Mountains from southern New York to northern Mississippi. It covers parts of 13 different states–Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and all of West Virginia–encompassing 420 counties and 25 million people.
42% of Appalachia is rural, compared to 20% of the rest of the United States
In 2011, 96 of the 420 counties were considered “economically distressed”–defined as the poorest regions in the country. Over 16% of the homes are classified as “substandard,” meaning the homes have more people than they have room for, and there is no indoor plumbing.
Some regions of the Appalachia have poverty rates over 150% of the average U.S. poverty rates”
Are you as surprised by all of that as I am???
Here’s what you can do to help!
1) Make a monetary donation to The Monkey Do Project by clicking here.
2) Donate new and unused socks and/or sneakers to Project Appalachia Tennis Shoes.
3) Donate trial size or hotel size toiletries to Project Floyd County Blessing Bags.
4) Help spread awareness of The Monkey Do Project and the needs of the people in the Appalachian area. You can follow The Monday Do Project on Facebook by clicking here and on Twitter by clicking here.