(The lede got badly buried here, so just scroll down to the bottom, k?) Once again, the Cod has fallen down on his self-appointed task of collecting righteous causes and pointing out worthless kitchen crap in the hopes you will spurn the former and support the latter. But! As a gift, cards the Cod made to tuck in those fucking kettles - print on Avery 8876 business card template. They look like this. More conducive to send this to the commandants of this outfit than to yell at bellringers. That said, ask someone who has to work within earshot of one of those bells how they feel about those bells. Casual references to Salvation Army-inspired shooting sprees are off the table, obvs, but seriously, it's not easy for them.
But I digress. In addition to emails from disgruntled parents of fucking technically grownup college students about assaults on their special snowflakes' self-esteem by the Cod or his comrades, the email has been blowing up with desperate pleas from every last merchant the Cod has ever dealt with, imploring the purchase of electronic gift cards, for which there is still time. (I am reminded of the joke where the Catholic priest says "Yes! But is there TIME?") What a shitty gift. Seriously, just go to the ATM and pull out the amount of cash you might put on a gift card, and stick it in an envelope.
But, if the sleigh is a little light, and you want to do something, get after All Hands On Deck, a cookbook to benefit Red Hook, the which was ravaged by Sandy (and is the new home of Rick's Picks CEO Rick.) It has cocktails and dumplings and all kinds of good stuff in it and the $ goes to help businesses that got drowned in Sandy. Is it a rival of Cooking up a Storm, considered by some to be the Citizen Kane of hurricane relief cookbooks? Gamble $15 and find out!