I hope that, with all the craziness that has been my life lately, I will at least be able to remember this date, ten years down the road. Today, the news networks announced the official end of the War in Iraq, and national news networks are covering the departure of the final convoy of combat troops out of Iraq and into Kuwait.
It is especially poignant (yes, there’s that word again!) to me that the war should officially end just eleven days shy of the first anniversary of Holdin’ Out. I’m a firm believer in timing. Things happen when they do for a specific reason, even though I don’t always realize what that reason is at the time it occurs.
For some reason, God needed me to begin this blog when I did. Not a day sooner, not a day later.
Since timing is everything, I thought tonight would be perfect for honoring a past-President who is probably as renowned for his philanthropy as he is for having been the Head of State. I’m talking about Bill Clinton.
With no further introduction necessary, let’s just cut to the “charity résumé,” shall we? In 2005, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Clinton to head a relief effort for the Asian tsunami disaster.
According to Wikipedia, “After Hurricane Katrina, Clinton established, with fellow former President George H.W. Bush, the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund and Bush-Clinton Tsunami Fund.”
Through the William J. Clinton Foundation, the he is able to help many more people. The Clinton Health Access Initiative is committed to helping provide quality medical care for people in developing nations. The initiative is particularly noteworthy due to its focus on treating malaria and HIV/AIDS.
The Clinton Global Initiative was created to address the “world’s most pressing problems,” from empowering women to rebuilding Haiti.
I could go on and on about this man. Pres. Clinton is no doubt one of the most philanthropic figures of our time, and I can’t wait to contact him!
And congratulations to all people who are relieved to see the end of this war. Let us keep the American people, the Iraqi people, our allies, and the people of Afghanistan, who are still in a war zone, in our prayers.
Love & Blessings,