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I’m turning 50 this year and instead of whining about it, I’m trying to do something positive by donating $50 to 50 different charities before I’m 50 years old.

Several years ago a bunch of us here in Los Angeles decided that, collectively, we all had too much crap. It’s amazing how fast crap accumulates, seemingly in disproportionate measure to how much crap you are adding to your crap pile.

So we all dragged our crap out of our respective closets, storage rooms, cabinets, bookcases, and corners and had a yard sale, the proceeds of which we decided to donate to charity. The one we chose was Fisher House, an organization that builds and manages comfortable, homey facilities near VA hospitals so the family members of injured military personal can be near their loved ones. They currently have more than 70 houses all over the US and in the UK and are planning and actively fundraising to build dozens more. The services the houses provides are free to qualifying family members and since they started in 1990 they have offered more than six million days of lodging to more than 277,000 families.

Our piles of crap raised more than $1,500 that we put toward the construction of a Fisher House near the Brentwood VA hospital here in Los Angeles. It’s pretty cool to think that we helped to build this.

Since May is Military Appreciation Month, I decided to go back and give this 50x50x50 to Fisher House. You can read more about them at