Monday, November 3, 2014

Friday, June 20, 2014

How YOU can help prevent polluting our oceans:



Trash that makes its way into the oceans decomposes very slowly, littering coastlines, polluting ground water, and harming marine creatures that mistake the trash for food.

Gather your family together and talk about what YOU can do to help this world-wide problem.

How YOU can help prevent pollution of our oceans:
1. Toxic products like paints, automobile oil, polishes, and cleaning products should be stored and disposed of properly. As a matter of fact, it is better to use non-toxic, products for the house as far as possible. Also, never dispose of such products by throwing them into your toilet or sink.
2. Dispose of your trash in a proper manner and try and incorporate the recycling habit as far as possible. (Non-degradable products like tampons, sanitary napkins, and diapers should not be flushed down the toilet, for these can end up damaging the process of sewage treatment, and usually end up as litter on beaches.)
3. Refrain from throwing litter into streams, lakes, rivers, or seas. If you do spot litter on beaches or in water systems, after ascertaining that it is safe, collect them and dispose of them in any nearby waste disposal system.
4. Try using environmentally friendly household products like toiletries, soap-based household cleaning material, and washing powder as far as possible.
5. Try using natural fertilizers and pesticides as far as possible, or if not, do not overuse them or over-water gardens and lawns. This will help in reducing the pollutants that get into water systems due to runoffs.
6. Automobile oil should be re-used as far as possible. Also, it is important to keep your automobile well maintained in order to prevent leakages of toxic fluids like antifreeze and oil.
7.  Actively conserve water by turning the tap off when you do not need running water, such as while brushing teeth. Apart from preventing water shortages, it lessens the amount of water that needs to be treated.
8. Do not use colored bathing bars. They are known to contribute more to water pollution.
9. Avoid buying packaged water as far as possible. The best policy to adopt is to carry a bottle of water when you step out of the house. You can carry one big bottle per person. This has two advantages: you eliminate your contribution to pollution related to plastic bottles, and you save money!

10.  Always screw the caps on bottles before discarding them (turtles, and fish mistake them for food and choke on them - usually causing death).

The above steps may seem to insignificant to ever reducing water pollution. But just imagine: even if 10 families (four members each)committed to eliminating 1 plastic bottle a day, we will have 14,600 fewer plastic bottles a year contributing to pollution. That is quite a number, don't you think? If we all decide to share the responsibility, we can all come together and make a big difference!
Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/ways-to-prevent-water-pollution.html

Monday, November 11, 2013

Who is Helping the victims in the Philippines after "Yolanda?"



I was pleased to see the outpouring of help for this devastated area. It restores my faith in mankind:

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - More than a few countries have immediately pledged assistance upon news of the catastrophe from typhoon "Yolanda" in the Philippines.
While some nations are sending monetary donations, most are deploying medical teams and volunteers as well as significant amounts of relief goods and equipment for basic services.
• AUSTRALIA - US$10 million package
• BELGIUM - medical and search and rescue personnel
• CANADA - C$5 million
• DENMARK - KR 10 million
• EUROPEAN UNION - EUR 3 million
• GERMANY - 23 tons of relief goods
• HUNGARY - search and rescue personnel and rapid response team
• INDONESIA - in-kind donations
• ISRAEL- team of medical, trauma and relief professionals
• JAPAN - emergency relief medical team
• MALAYSIA - medical and search and rescue teams
• THE NETHERLANDS - undisclosed financial aid
• NEW ZEALAND - NZ $2.15 million
• NORWAY - KR 20 million
• RUSSIA - rapid response team
• SAUDI ARABIA through Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud - US$100,000
• SINGAPORE - $50,000
• SPAIN - in-kind donations
• SWEDEN- emergency communications equipment
• TAIWAN - $200,000
• TURKEY - medics, rapid response team, search and rescue personnel
• UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Dhs 36 million
• UNITED KINGDOM - £6 million and $9.6 million worth of emergency support package
• UNITED NATIONS Children's Fund - $1.3 million worth of supplies
• UNITED STATES - initial $100,000 for water and sanitation; Troops, emergency respondents, transportation and equipment
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations similarly offered support to the Philippine government on Monday, contacting Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario

Sunday, November 10, 2013

One Warm Coat!


The Container Store is collecting coats for people in need. (They can also use sweaters, hats and gloves).  Last year they collected 10,000.  This year they hope to receive 15,000.  Just drop them off at any Container Store now until December 31st 2013.  See their website:  http://onewarmcoat.org/2013/11/third-annual-coat-drive-at-the-container-store/

Monday, November 4, 2013

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Maya Relief Foundation

Here's a great opportunity for your children to learn how to serve others:

Over 1/2 the world's population suffers dreadful illness and high mortality rates due to contaminated drinking water.

For only $35 you can provide a water filtration system for a family in Guatemala.  You can even  receive a photo of the family that gets your filtration system if you like - just ask.

The Maya Relief Foundation has started a women's group that will be collecting donations and distributing the systems.  If you would like to make a donation, go to their website:
women-2-women.org






Saturday, June 30, 2012

1 out of 4 AMERICAN children go hungry every day



The Food Network is partnering with Share Our Strength to identify these children and get nutritious food on their table Their goal is to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.
Every donation helps those in need. For example:
  • $25 will help feed a child three meals a day for more than a month.
  • $50 can connect two children with nutritious meals for the entire summer when school is out.
  • $100 will help provide 25 grocery bags of healthy foods for families at food banks.
If you would like to help, go to:      http://strength.org/ways_to_give/

Saturday, June 16, 2012

A penny saved is a penny...donated:


What do you do with all the change you get? I put mine in a Mason jar until it is full. I used to take it to the grocery store to one of their cash machines, but the machine takes a hefty chunk as a percentage of the transaction... So now I save it for charity drives. It is money I've gotten along without, so donating it is painless. Grocery stores usually have a collection going on;  McDonalds collects coins for their charity, Keep your eyes open. When possible, have your little ones put the coins in the collection pots. Not only will it get them excited about helping others, but this is a great way to donate without making a dent in your budget.

Here are some other very low cost ways of helping others:
$10 to malarianomore.org will buy one mosquito net to protect one child from malaria for 5 years.
$20 to charitywater.org can give one person drinking water for 20 years!
$35 to unicefusa.org buys a bike to get a health worker to remote areas.
$35 to scaw.org provides bedding, clothing, school supplies and other needed items for a needy child.
$50 to yellowribbonfund.com provides a rental car for a wounded soldier's familly while he or she is at a military hospital.
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Sit down with your family and decide which charity you'd like to help and have the whole family contribute something. Get a jar and have each person take money out of their allowance, or donate any coins they find around the house. For very small children, you can "find" a quarter and let them donate it to the jar. (of course you're not going to send the actual coins to the charities, you'll write a check or make an online donation - the point is, the whole family gets to share in the joy of giving).

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Arlington National Cemetery at Christmas


I just wanted to share this with our readers.  It is just one example of how creative people can be when service is on their minds. 


Readers may be interested to know that these wreaths -- some 5,000 -- are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine . The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992 (he had 4,000 wreaths left over and thought about what he could do with them - he remembered visiting the cemetery on a field trip when he was 12 years old and thought decorating the graves of the soldiers who had died for our freedom would be the best use of those wreaths - he has continued to provide wreaths every year since then).  A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Hundred of locals turn out each year to help.


(Our service doesn't have to be on a scale this large.  Just bringing a plate of cookies to a shut in in your neighborhood can make for a happier Christmas).

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Letters to Santa = Donations to Make-A-Wish Foundation


Macy's has set up their Letter to Santa stations in their stores.  You can pick up post cards for your children to write their letter on, put a stamp on it, and return it to the store in the red mail box.  For every letter they receive, they will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation (up to $1,000,000!).

Go to :  http://social.macys.com/believe/#/createyourletter  for more information  (and to create your letter on line)

If you are interested in finding out more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Contact the chapter nearest you ( Go to:  http://www.wish.org/chapterlocate ) and ask how you can help.

This would make an excellent service project for primary, young women, church groups, whatever. Adults can write letters too (I mailed mine at the Henderson Macy's  on Sunset this morning).

Monday, November 7, 2011

Spend a Little, Give a Lot


I don’t know about you, but I always get a tug at my heartstrings to help people in need – especially during the holiday season.  This year the need is more urgent than ever. Sit down with your family and decide as a family what you would like to do. Here is a list published by Oprah of her suggested ways to give:

For as little as:
$  5         you can pay for the shipping of 10 books to a classroom in
               Africa.       booksforafrica.org

$10         you can help a wounded veteran adapt his home at no cost
               to him.       homesforourtroops.org

$10       you can help get music back in low-income schools
              ($2 buys drum sticks, $50 buys a guitar)
               littlekidsrock.org

$14         you can provide for two meals to be delivered by meals
               on wheels to a housebound senior citizen.
                mowaa.org

$25         you can send 8 high-risk children on a field trip to a museum
               or concert.    createnow.org

$25         you can feed an American child in need three meals a day
               for more than a month.       strength.org/ways_to_give

$35         you can help feed the poor in areas of the world that need
               it most.          foodforthepoor.org

$100       you can provide 25 grocery bags of healthy foods for
               families at food banks.    strength.org/ways_to_give

Or browse this site for other ideas.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Holiday Service Opportunities


Make November and December special months for remembering the aged who are disabled, impoverished or aching with loneliness. Redefine Thanksgiving and Christmas as seasons for preparing to bring hope and peace  to needy older neighbors. Share dinner with a new neighbor or one who is alone. You could also take dinner to a shut-in. A neighborhood potluck supper could help those who live around you feel a spirit of friendship and acceptance. (Be sure to include the needs of elderly members of your own family in your holiday preparations).

Have children craft greeting cards, assemble food baskets or make supervised home or hospital visits.

Why not surprise them with a Christmas stocking.

Items for "Senior Stockings" such as note cards, stamps, personal care, ornaments, new dish towels and napkins, gift boxes of dried fruit or candy, gum, mugs, knit gloves and slippers, candles, photo frames, stationery, and gift certificates.

Have your children go with you to deliver it. What a nice way to brighten their day.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Candy Buyback! (Candy goes to the TROOPS!)



Participating dentists will buy back your Halloween candy for $1 a pound. then send it to the troops overseas! What a great way to brighten the day of an American soldier.

How does the program work?
  • Participating dentists buy back kids' Halloween candy at a scheduled event
  • Dentists send the candy to Operation Gratitude or other Military support groups
  • Operation Gratitude sends the candy  to U.S. Military deployed in harm's way

You'll enjoy peace of mind knowing you’re making Service Members smile!
You'll set a great example for the next generation to give back!
Go to    http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com/    and enter your zip code to find a participating dentist near you.   Call the dentist to find out when and how he/she is collecting.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Treats for Troops


Ttreats for the Troops provides care packages year round for our troops.  You can send items to them to ship, or send money for them to purchase what is needed.  Check out their website: 
http://treatsforthetroops.us/

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Support the Troops: Holiday Stockings

It is never too early to start thinking about supporting our troops at Christmas.
Operation Holiday Stockings is a nonprofit founded by family members of the United States Armed Forces. Last year they sent 1,560  Christmas stockings to our brave troops overseas. This year they are hoping to send even more. Their website was created to inform other patriotic Americans about their cause and provide a means for you to help. You can either visit the Stockings page and make your own stockings to send overseas, or you can donate money towards the shipping costs, or donate items to fill the stockings with.  Here are some suggestions:
  • Hard Candy
  • Beef Jerky
  • Decks of Cards
  • Puzzle Books
  • Small Toiletries
  • Shaving Cream
  • Toothpaste
  • Tooth Brushes
  • Tic-Tacs®
  • Drink Powders
  • Gatorade®
  • Kool-Aid® (sugar added)
  • Crystal Clear®
  • Mixed Nuts
  • Candy Canes
  • Anything that will last for a while because they will probably be getting more than one care package.
You can also send them a store purchased stocking. So, even if you can't knit a stocking for the troops, you can still contribute to their Christmas celebration. 
Go to their website or email Sue at:
ramsddj@aol.com 

You can send items to

Operation Holiday Stockings
P.O. Box 3186
Sequim, WA 98382

IMPORTANT UPDATE:  as of 10/29/2011  they only have 850 stockings to send to the troops.  They are committed to sending 1600.  This would be an excellent service project for a church group, scout troop, etc.
It is also a great way to involve your own children and let them experience the satisfaction that comes from serving others.
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Give Without Spending a Cent:

Give Without Spending a Cent:

You can donate without spending a cent, by clicking on sites where advertisers make a donation in return. Click on the links below, then click daily to help the cause:

between Jan and June of 2011:
421,095 children have been helped
2,349 free mammograms have been given
30.6 million cups of food have been given to the hungry
40.8 million bowls of food have been given to rescued animals*
291.1  million square feet of rain forest has been protected
 between Jan and June of 2010:
365,038 children have been helped
1,035 free mammograms have been given
29.5 million cups of food have been given to the hungry
39.9 million bowls of food have been given to rescued animals*
246 million square feet of rain forest has been protected



Keep up the good work!!!  It doesn't cost you a cent!  Click every day!
*Do people really care more about feeding animals than humans?  Apparently so.

    Tuesday, September 6, 2011

    Donate your Bridesmaid Dress to Charity

     
    What to do with the dresses after the wedding?
    Most bridesmaids never wear their dress again.  The dress gets 
    stuck in the back of the closet and stays there for years.  Why
    not donate it to someone who would love to have it?  There
    are organizations that collect bridesmaid’s dresses to give to
    young women who can’t afford a prom dress.  Please go to
    their site for information regarding what, when, and how to send.

    For Chicago area, go to glassslipperproject.org 

    National go to  fairygodmothersinc.com

    Sunday, September 4, 2011

    Donate your old eyeglasses


    Donate your old eyeglasses and sunglasses to help people with eyesight difficulties worldwide. (Sunglasses can be non-prescription. They are needed in countries near the equator to help protect people's eyes from sun damage.) Collection facilities include Goodwill Industries stores, LensCrafters stores, and Lions Club drop boxes (click on link to find location near you). Items also can be sent in padded envelopes or boxes to:

    New Eyes for the Needy
    549 Millburn Avenue
    P.O. Box 332
    Short Hills, NJ 07078

    E-mail ten friends who wear glasses to see if they have old pairs that could be recycled for people with eyesight problems. Collect them for donation.

    Check with lost and found departments in hotels, stores, police stations, and mortuaries for unclaimed glasses that could be donated.

    Thursday, September 1, 2011

    Donate your old running shoes to charity


    Instead of just throwing away your old shoes when you’re done with them, make the world a greener and happier place! Here's a couple of options:


    1. For shoes with holes – or worse! – you can recycle them with Nike’s Reuse-a-shoe program. They grind the shoes up and make rubber pellets that are used to surface playgrounds, tennis courts, running tracks or to make synthetic turf for soccer and football fields. Send up to 10 pairs at a time. This is definitely a worthwhile second life for your old shoes! Mail them to:

    Nike Recycling Center
    c/o Reuse-A-Shoe
    26755 SW 95th Ave.
    Wilsonville, OR 97070

    2. For shoes with 100 miles left on them: Send your shoes to runners that are in need of shoes in Africa. Since they will be used again with this program, they should be in relatively good condition, so nothing too shredded!


    PLEASE MAIL SHOES TO;

    Shoe4Africa
    PO Box 6943
    Eldoret
    Kenya



    Q. Do I need to wash them, and what condition should they be in?

    A. Shoes can be sent by us, or by you. Sending shoes is the priority, not how clean they are. We like to send shoes that at least have 100-miles worth of wear left in them. This is because we are using the shoes to start the recipient off on a health-drive! Asking them to get fit, get empowered... for the long run. Shoes where the heel or the rubber is worn through to the midsole are not sent. (Please as we end up paying import tax on a lot of shoes in a very decrepid un-usable state)

    Q. What is the best way to package the shoes? Is there an official Info US Postal page?

    A. Please send in a plain brown cardboard box securely wrapped with plenty of tape. Use USPS Express Mail Intnl shipping method.

    Q. What is the best method for shipping?

    A. Please send boxes USPS Express Mail International, which usually takes about 6-8 weeks for delivery. (If sending from the USA)

    Q. Do I use Insurance, what do I declare, and what boxes should I tick.

    A. Please send as an uninsured gift, and not to be returned. The declared amount for 15-pairs of used shoes is marked as $15 ( a subjective amount as the sales value is very low and taxes are charged to the locals upon delivery).

    Q. Can I send clothing too?

    A. Kenya is currently not accepting donations of secondhand clothes.

    Q. What do I declare on the customs slip?

    A. Exactly what is in the box - used running shoes.

    Q. What happens to the shoes once they arrive? Do the shoes 'always arrive'?

    A. The shoes go to trusted coaches who have a proven track record to distribute the shoes amongst athletes. We have a fabulous record so far with the boxes arriving (non returned), but the idea is if a box did not arrive at least it would have been stolen enroute by people who need the shoes!

    Q. Can I send any type of shoes? Are some sizes better than others?

    A. Most needed are running shoes, secondary spiked shoes, and thirdly leisure shoes. The most popular sizes needed are US6 to US10 (men's). The most needed size? Women's US 8!

    If you have questions not answered by those above please feel free to email us. And we welcome your comments! Please contact us with any ideas how to better improve this program, and spread the word. Email: info@shoe4africa.org.

    Wednesday, August 31, 2011

    Shop to Serve!

    It's difficult finding time to dedicate to local charities when they require a regular commitment. But don't give up! There is still plenty of good you can do in the world from the comfort of your own couch!

    Download the “Do Good” toolbar on your computer to have 2.5% of your on-line purchases (at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, etc.) go to charity. As the site explains, "Just by shopping online, you can Do GoodTM , at no extra cost to you. Think about it: Just by doing what you normally do, shopping online, you can help other people and Do GoodTM in the world." Go to: www.dogoodtoolbar.com/Charity  (or, agoodcause.com )


    Now buying anything from books to baby supplies can serve as a way of giving back to the community and it won't cost you a dime! (And when your husband complains about all of the baby expenses, you can argue that those darling shoes were a justifiable purchase because part of the proceeds went to charity!)

    Tuesday, August 30, 2011

    Teach your children to serve others:



    The ways kids learn is by observing YOU. Let your children see you serve others and they will want to join you.

    This is an excellent book that will help you find things for your children to do. Click on the following link to see if it is something you might be interested in:
    It includes simple things you can do at home such as:
    1. Write a letter to a missionary
    2. Bake cookies for a neighbor
    3. Have children gather up their like new toys to donate to charity
    4. Have children write thank you notes to the important people in thier lives.

    Monday, August 29, 2011

    What other Young Mothers Suggest:

    I put out a call to find out what other young mothers are doing or to see if they had any suggestions. Here are their responses:

    Lisa suggests:
    There are many ways your children will see you doing good for others. At the market if there is an elderly person who needs help reaching for something, you can help. Or help loading their groceries in their car. You can take a meal to a sick friend.
    You can also call your local senior center and ask if there are any elderly persons who need help with their grocery shopping or a ride to the doctors, or even just sit and chat and make them lunch. Elderly people are so forgotten and have wonderful stories to tell.
    Sara says:
    Putting together care packages at home is always a good way to start. We did this over Christmas and involved our 2 year old and she really got into it! You can also make phone calls for certain organizations or mail out flyers for them. Also writing encouraging letters to our soldiers overseas is a wonderful "community service."

    Kristin says:
    I usually donate household items to local shelters. Several times a year when grocery shopping I buy double, then I take the extra to our local food pantry as a donation. If you belong to a local church ask if they have any programs that you might be able to assist from home.
    Elise says:
    When my daughter was an infant a I started a block party for our street. It's become an annual thing and has really built a feeling of community on our street. It's a small thing, but makes a big difference, for you and your neighbors.

    Tiffany suggests:
    Doing a litter clean-up in the local wash/riverbed or park works well. My sister has done this with her two boys (they keep bags in their car) and they actually now look for trash to pick up. Donating to the good will or another local charity, and having them pick out a few things to donate as well, will show that they are fortunate kids and there are always others who need more than they do. Good luck!
    Melanie suggests:
    You might want to think of finding out about the local women's shelter. They usually train people to work from home on their crisis lines.
    If you have older kids too, you can be back up support for lemonade stands and the like as they raise money for charities. Or organize with other mothers around the neighborhood for a combined family garage sale then give the proceeds to some cause.
    My friend knits hats for poor people in other countries.

    Friday, July 8, 2011

    Host a Student from Another Country


    The photo above shows "Emma" from Honduras with her American host family

    Have you ever wished that you could really experience what it would be like to live in another country?  By hosting a student through the American Field Service, you get to know what his or her culture is like, their food, their holidays, their recreation.  It is a learning (and loving) experience for your whole family.

    This was me coming home from Turkey in 1961

    I was fortunate enough to be on both sides.  In 1961,  I went to Turkey as an exchange student and lived with a Turkish family.  I have kept in touch ever since and made two more trip there.  My Turkish "sister" has come many times to America.  Then when my daughters were teenagers, we had a student from France come live with us.  It was a great experience for the whole family.

    If you'd like to read more about it, go to 
    http://www.afsusa.org/host-family/get-started/

    Friday, July 1, 2011

    Donate Books to a School Library in India


    We are collecting books to be shipped to an elementary school in India. So we are looking mostly for children's books, however, they have asked for adult books as well.

    If you would like to donate new or like new books, please paste a photo of yourself or your family inside the front cover of the book and enclose a little note why you think they would like that book.

    (The children like to see what Americans look like and they get more excited about the books.  The books help them learn English, which will lead to better paying jobs in the future.)

    Send to:
    Jeri Johnson
    P. O. Box 1505
    Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

    Saturday, May 7, 2011

    $25 a month can save a "Mingi" child

    Many innocent children are killed every year because of the “Mingi” practice. We try to save and give proper attention to as many children as possible, but the harsh reality is that without the support of donors, we will not be able to save or provide for additional children. We need your help in order to expand our homes, and provide more food, medical attention, education, and nurturing care. 

    What is "Mingi?" 

    Mingi is deļ¬ned as the state of being impure or “ritually polluted” in certain African tribes, including the Kara and Hamar tribes of Southwest Ethiopia. In these tribes, a person, often a child, who is considered mingi is killed by being left alone in the desert or by being drowned in the Omo River. Reasons for being declared impure include birth out of wedlock, birth as a twin, the eruption of teeth in the upper jaw before the lower jaw, and chipping a tooth in childhood.

    If you would like to donate, go to:   http://omochild.org/

    Wednesday, April 6, 2011

    Donate your gently used magazines


    Donate your gently used - like new magazines to MagazineLiteracy.org and they will get them to homeless and domestic violence shelters, to food pantries for delivery with bags of groceries, and to other community literacy programs.

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    Donate to help Disaster Relief in Japan



    SHELTERBOX: ShelterBox responds instantly to natural and man-made disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those who are most in need. The box includes a tent for a family of 10, cooker, blankets, water purification, tool kit and other items survivors need to rebuild their lives in the days, weeks and months following a disaster. Donate here.

    AMERICAN RED CROSS: The American Red Cross is currently supporting and advising the Japanese Red Cross, which continues to assist the government in its response.  You can help people affected by disasters, like floods, fires, tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as countless other crises at home and around the world by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Donate here.

    AMERICARES: AmeriCares and its relief workers in Japan are working to deliver medicines and supplies to hospitals, shelters and health responders to treat and care for survivors.  The AmeriCares team began mobilizing within hours of the first reports of the dual disasters, dispatching an emergency response manager to Tokyo to direct the efforts of their relief workers in Sendai, the largest city closest to the impact zone. Their team is in direct contact with local officials, evacuation shelters and hospitals treating the injured in Miyagi, Fukushima and Iwate to determine health needs. Donate here. 

    INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS: A team of doctors flew to Sendai, where they will be delivering supplies, assessing needs, and identifying communities that have not yet been reached. They continue to coordinate with local health authorities and partners on critical gaps, providing technical expertise and assisting with logistics. Donate here.  

    Friday, March 4, 2011

    Another way to Write the Troops

    The Care Package Project needs cards and letters from you, the American people who support our troops. 

     Please consider working with your office, school, church or organization to make cards or write letters to include in care packages sent overseas. Marines are especially touched by homemade cards from children, or letters that let them know what's going on back home: what books, movies, and music are coming out, or what your day-to-day life is like. Or write a letter to let them know what you're doing here at home to support the troops! 

    Mail letters to:



    MarineParents.com, Inc.
    Attn: Dear Marine
    P O Box 1115
    Columbia, MO 65205-1115
    Guidelines:
    • Address cards and letters to "Dear Marine."
    • Please do not seal cards and letters in individual envelopes for delivery to the Marines. Instead, place cards and letters inside a larger mailing envelope to send to MarineParents.com.
    • Cards and letters must be handwritten, not typed.
    • Photo copies of the same letter will not be accepted. One copy of the “Dear Marine” letter will be included in a care package and the duplicates will be discarded.
    • Please send cards and letters of support that are unique and thoughtful; it means so much to the men and women defending our freedom

    Thursday, March 3, 2011

    Write to the Troops

     For  a list of soldiers who have requested mail, go to:

    You can also search the site for  detailed instructions of what to send and how to send it.

    Wednesday, February 2, 2011

    Donate a Goat!

    The gift of a dairy goat represents a lasting, meaningful way for you to help a little boy or girl on the other side of the world.

    The gift of a dairy goat can supply a family with up to several quarts of nutritious milk a day - a ton of milk a year. Extra milk can be sold or used to make cheese, butter or yogurt. Families learn to use goat manure to fertilize gardens.

    You can donate a goat for $120 (or go in on the purchase of a goat for only $10).  Go to: 
    http://www.heifer.org/site/c.edJRKQNiFiG/b.2529663/?msource=kw4746  (for other animal donations, click on the "view more Heifer gifts" at the bottom of that page)

    "With all the money donated to help fight famine around the world, with all the grandiose plans conceived to conquer poverty, sometimes all it takes to save a child is a goat."  — 60 Minutes, CBS News Magazine Program

    Thursday, January 20, 2011

    52 Nice Things to Do to Make Someone Happy

    I'm the author of this book.  It is now out of print so I have put the whole book on the internet so you all can have access to it (for FREE)  Go to:

     52thingsbook.blogspot.com
    (Your kids will love doing #25 - "Doorbell Ditching")

    Sunday, January 9, 2011

    Helping the Homeless


    When I see the homeless on street corners, it tugs at my heartstrings. However, the one time I stopped and offered to give all the groceries I had just purchased to the homeless man, he said to me, "I don't want your food lady. I need cash." So now, every time I see a homeless person, I go home, stick some money in a jar and when it gets full, I donate it to our local homeless shelter.
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    Another idea: carry gift certificates for meals at McDonalds in your wallet or glove compartment of your car and offer that. If he's really hungry, he'll take it.

    If you know of a place where the homeless (or jobless) convene looking for handouts or work,  go through a drive-thru with a cheap dollar menu (like Taco Bell or Wendy's), and you can feed A LOT of people for twenty bucks!  Drop off the bag of goodies at lunch-time.

    Wednesday, January 5, 2011

    Pajama Program


    The Pajama Program provides new, warm pajamas and books to children in need in the United States, and around the world, many who are waiting and hoping to be adopted. These are youngsters who may not know the comforts of a mother or father to tuck them into a cozy bed and read them a bedtime story. Too many have been abandoned, most deprived of any love at all.

    Oprah featured them on her show and the studio audience brought 35,000 pair of brand new P.J.'s but that doesn't scratch the surface of what they need. There are 100,000 children in the U.S. alone and each child needs more than one pair - and they'll outgrow them, so this is an on-going need. Go to their website and see how you can help:
    http://www.pajamaprogram.org/

    Thursday, December 30, 2010

    Help Teachers Fund Classroom Projects


    One of Oprah's favorite things for 2010 is "Donorschoose.org"

    This is a REALLY terrific site that I think everyone should check out. This charity allows you to help schools by funding the projects that mean most to you (from science to literacy, and everything in between.) You can choose the school location and you can make sure your dollar(s) goes exactly where you want it.

    http://www.donorschoose.org/

    Wednesday, December 29, 2010

    Help a Homeless Veteran


    The Veterans Administration estimates that more than 100,000 veterans are sleeping on the streets every given night of the year. Approximately 1.5 million veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Afghanistan, and Iraq are currently considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty and lack of support networks.

    Every penny of your $25 donation  goes to help the homeless veterans and is 100% tax deductible

    GreaterGood.org is using   The Hunger Site     to collect donations.

    Sunday, December 26, 2010

    $25 Helps Supply Fresh Drinking Water to people in Vietnam



     Make your donation through  UniversalGiving.org   100% goes directly to the project.

    Sunday, December 12, 2010

    Book Lovers:



    Buy books at bargain prices with FREE delivery and help literacy programs all over  the world.


    $8,559,987.00
    34,169,806

    Saturday, December 11, 2010

    Project of the Month: Autism Insurance Reform Project



    1 in 110 children have autissm
    1 in 70 boys have autism


    Autism therapy can cost families $50,000 per year or more, with no insurance reimbursement in most states!
    Autism Speaks is dedicated to ending the common practice of insurance companies not covering autism related therapy. As a result of their effort, ten states now require insurance carriers to provide such coverage. But that means forty states do not. This must change. They are working state by state to help relieve autism’s enormous financial burden on families.
    But they need your assistance.

    For information regarding how you can help, go to :  autismspeaks.org

      Tuesday, November 30, 2010

      Feed the Hungry...for FREE!

      The Hunger Site

      Click every day to provide 1 cup of food to feed the hungry.  FREE to you.(the advertisers on the site pay)

      (My button takes you to their site.  You have to click on THEIR button to have them donate the food)

      Wednesday, November 3, 2010

      Help the Homeless in San Diego!


      Trinity House desperately needs your help.  There are nearly 10,000 homeless men, women, and children in San Diego county (2,000 children under 18).  Every $15 raised provides one night of housing for a homeless woman or child.  Go to   http://thetrinityhouse.org/index.htm  to see how you can help.


      They are also in need of the following:
      ·         Furniture: Bedroom sets, desks, chairs clothing, clothing Items for All Ages (Clothing should be clean, repaired and have size indicated.)
      ·         Shoes (Casual and Athletic)
      ·         Books (English and Spanish)
      ·         Developmental/Educational Games
      ·         Child Safety Seats (Infants and Toddlers),
      ·         Toys /Bicycles
      ·         Sleeping Bags and Pillows
      ·         Toiletry Kits/Personal Care Bags
      ·         School Supplies
      ·         Computers/Printers /Fax Machines
      ·         All Office Equipment Accepted
      ·         Luggage