I've never thought about Lydia McKenzie as a particularly charitable soul. She's single, a bit self-centered, obsessed with her photography and always scraping to make ends meet. She doesn't belong to a church, and may not always be organized to send in a certain amount to a charity every year. But she's no scrooge.
In DEAD IN THE WATER, Lydia does reveal a more generous side of herself. She volunteers to help local prostitutes get off the street. And when she receives a fee for her services, she donates it to the children of the women to help give them a brighter future.
This is the season for giving, and Lydia does make contributions to the following, er, charities, and people:
- Broke photographers - she's more than once spotted friends with cash, photo paper and film when they couldn't afford it and never expected to be paid back.
- Waiters and waitresses - this is a thankless job. Lydia tips above 25% when she's flush or the waiter/waitress is having one of those nights from hell. They deserve it.
- Salvation Army - Lydia takes her castoffs there, and shops there often. She gets some great clothes, but the money goes to helping people get back on their feet. Does that count?
- Toys for Tots - Every kid deserves an incredible holiday and to get something great. Not having any kids in her life, Lydia takes this as an opportunity to get a kid a cool gift and put it in the donation box.
- Local Food Bank - No one should go hungry in this country, but they do. Lydia always donates canned goods and give a check this time of year to help out her local food bank.