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Don’t Shop. Support Causes.

November 19, 2017 Leave a comment

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My favorite gift last year was from my mom who donated to Heifer International in my name. It was the best gift ever, so please consider giving the gift of caring. Don’t shop. Support causes.

On the news, a woman said she was going to spend much more money this year on gifts than any other, and I wondered if any causes would benefit from her generosity. Would there be children who could count on food on their table and a roof over their heads? Would their parents have an opportunity to provide for their family?

Last year, my family gave gifts from Heifer International, and it made my day to know that families would have a hand up in the new year with thoughtful gifts that help others.

You can buy gifts to give to your family members like jewelry, accessories, clothes, etc. that benefit others, and you can send cards that announce a gift donated in honor of your family member.

Here’s some organizations to check out:

GreaterGood.com 

Greater Good is an umbrella organization that assists with fighting Hunger, Breast Cancer, Animals, Veterans, Autism, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Literacy, and the Rainforest. You can choose to support the site in general or support a particular cause by clinking on your preference.

Heifer International

“Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.”

One.org

“ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organization of more than eight million people around the world taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.”

You can make an impact by changing lives for the better. Please consider giving gifts that help others this season.

You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There’s another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday. The idea is pretty straightforward. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, shoppers take a break from their gift-buying and donate what they can to charity. – Bill Gates

 

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Teal Pumpkin Project Supports Kids w/Allergies

October 30, 2017 Leave a comment

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Don’t forget kids with allergies this Halloween! The Teal Pumpkin Project.org offers a list of treats including fun alternatives like stickers, bubbles, and crayons for our wee Halloween guests with allergies. Make it a Happy Halloween for all our Trick or Treaters and take the Teal Pumpkin Project Pledge this Hallows Eve.

Source: Support the Teal Pumpkin Project and Kids with Allergies

Categories: Communities, Gifts, Holiday

The Ultimate Sacrifice & Hope

This Memorial Day, I honor all of our fallen heroes for their ultimate sacrifice and hope for peace in our world.

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On Memorial Day, I don’t want to only remember the combatants. There were also those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live. -Eric Burdon

 

 

 

 

 

Give the Gift that Gives

December 28, 2016 Leave a comment

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I had a lovely holiday and hope all my friends and family were able to spend time with family and friends during this holiday season (in person, over the phone or with holiday cards).

In this season of giving, I have to share one of my gifts because I hope it becomes a family tradition for us and for many others: giving gifts through Heifer International. My mom gave me a “Flock of Hope,” a flock of ducks, a flock of chicks and bees.

Please consider starting this gift-giving tradition for the holidays and throughout the year.

Happy Holidays, Happy New Year and Peace to you and yours.

A Flock of Hope donation is a remarkable gift that can lift a family from hunger and poverty and ensure their future. –Heifer International Catalog

Thank You for Your Service, Veterans

November 11, 2016 Leave a comment

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To all those who have served and are serving, their families and their friends; thank you for your service and sacrifice. May you find strength, happiness and peace on this Veterans Day and in the years to come.

Happy Halloween, All!

October 31, 2016 Leave a comment
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It’s One Year on July 4th: How I Kicked the Habit

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While almost everyone seems to kick the habit as a new year’s resolution, I didn’t; instead, I chose a holiday in a month that celebrates independence: July 4th. It was so much easier to quit when I was active in places where you couldn’t smoke, so by the time winter came along, I already had months of not smoking under my belt. I’m not saying it was easy to quit, but it sure was a heck of a lot easier than previous goes, and this July 4th, I’ll be one year cigarette and cigar free. Other dates to consider quitting for you, your family, your friends and/or to honor someone or something are Memorial Day, Labor Day, a special birthday or anniversary. All you have to do is pick out a special day in your most active season and start the countdown! (And completely forget it on occasion just so you don’t drive yourself crazy.)

Oh and one other secret was starting a new activity. I boarded pets in my home; not only wouldn’t I smoke, but petting them and taking care of them took up tons of time and shunned the thought of smoking on more than one occasion! Since then, I adopted one of my boarder pets, so it’s a done deal. I’m committed.

Lastly, I wrote things down I didn’t like that I associated with the habit, such as smells and other adverse effects. I left the list where I could easily access it if I felt my resolve slipping.

Well, I hope these wee secrets help! Good luck and the best of health to you and yours!

Fact: From quitting smoking to skiing, we succeed to the degree we try, fail, and learn. Studies show that people who worry about mistakes shut down, but those who are relaxed about doing badly soon learn to do well. Success is built on failure. – Martha Beck, Sociologist