Charity begins at NCIS.
If you were watching "Borderland", (you were watching weren't you?) you may have noticed Abby Sciuto trying to stay out of trouble. Abs was using government bandwidth to make voice over IP phone calls for charity. You did what with what Abby?
Written into the script of "Borderland" Abby tells Director Leon Vance's assistant her calls were for Save The Children. Abby was trying to help Save The Children prevent four million newborn deaths every year.
That is a staggering number.
CBS the network of NCIS went on to do a PSA about this appalling situation at the end of the episode. CBS Cares and so do I. I've been supporting 'Save The Children' since I was in school. Yep, doing fundraisers and the whole deal.
Abby also lent an infrastructure database to Habitat for Humanity. Not the first time it's been mentioned on the show. Remember when the team was called in on Saturday? Abby showed up in a hardhat with skull and crossbones and a pair of over-alls. Tim McGee forgot. He arrived in a smoking jacket. She was miffed. Remember?
I've mentioned before Pauley Perrette's work with various charities. She has been honored for her devotion to those less fortunate. But she isn't the only one to 'give back' on the NCIS set.
Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) is also a champion for charity. In "Faith" Gibbs created wooden toys as Christmas gifts for a children's hospital with some help from his father.
This weekend Harmon is going to bat for the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic.
The Mark Harmon Stars and Strikes weekend began Thursday with a celebrity bowling tournament. On Saturday Harmon's team the Bombers play baseball against the Oklahoma Sports Science and Orthopaedics (OSSO) Outlaws.
The celebrities on Harmon's team include former Cy Young winner now ESPN broadcaster Rick Sutcliffe, All-Star first baseman (and former Angel) Wally Joyner, as well as super producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy. Their names should be familiar to you if you've ever seen a Stephen Spielberg movie.
Michael Wright, MD, former team physician for the San Diego Padres once played against Harmon in a doctors versus celebrities baseball tournament. When Dr. Wright moved to Oklahoma he contacted Harmon and asked that he bring a team to raise money for children's charities. Harmon made some calls and packed his mitt. This is the tenth year Harmon has brought his Bombers to Okalahoma.
Of course you don't have to be a celebrity to do good in the world. I'm sure many of you give of yourselves. I hope you'll share in the comments section.
If Dr. 'Ducky' Mallard were here he might share this quote, which has been attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, William Penn and several others.
"I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."
We can all 'give back' while we pass this way. It's the charitable thing to do.