Log on to make resolutions to help others in 2009

Wed Dec 31, 2008 10:16am EST
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By Lilla Zuill

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Instead of making vows to lose weight, save money or get fit, a U.S. charity is challenging people to log on to the Internet to make New Year resolutions to help others.

And people are taking the bait.

Dozens have signed on since Families First, a non-profit family services agency in Georgia, launched its site www.iam-thesolution.org this week.

"It really started by raising a question of what would happen if people made a resolution, in addition to ones for their own lives, to help the lives of others," said Pat Showell, president of Families First.

"Whether people are committed to our kind of (family) issues or other issues, it ultimately benefits the community," she added.

Keith Brooking, a linebacker with the Atlanta Falcons football team, signed on with a promise that his family foundation will give a thousand pairs of athletic shoes to foster children in his home state of Georgia.

"My mother kept foster children, and I saw the impact that she made," said Brooking, of what motivated his pledge. "It was near and dear to me."

That may only be just the first step. Brooking said he and his wife, the parents of two toddlers, have discussed fostering or even adopting when their own children are older.   Continued...

<p>A street vendor smiles as he sells products for the new year in a market in Lima, December 29, 2008. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo</p>