How to Help Oklahoma Recover

My friend, the Do-Gooder Mama has created an amazing list of ways to help those affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. Please read, please donate where your heart leads you. If you want to donate to a faith-based organization, she has listed the Salvation Army. I want to list one more: World Vision. Their corporate headquarters are local to Federal Way, WA (my neighbor really) and do great work domestically and abroad.  Check them out too. Hugs and love to all affected. Praying for you and donating for you!

The Do-Gooder Mama

I am watching CNN and in shock at the devastation that Mother Nature inflicted on Oklahoma.  As a mother, my heart aches for the children who lost their lives at their school today and for their families who have to move forward and pick up the pieces of their lives.  So many lives, young and old, lost.  So many homes destroyed.  So much still unknown about the extent of the damage.  As an American, I know it is my responsibility to take care of my fellow citizens in their time of need.  Do you feel the same?  Here are some ways that you can help:

1.  Support the American Red Cross

  • Text REDCROSS to 90999  to donate $10 to Disaster Relief efforts
  • Donate Online
  • Donate by phone – 1-800-RED-CROSS
  • Donate blood

2.  Support the Salvation Army – mobilizing mobile kitchens to feed 2500

  • Text STORM to 80888 to donate $10…

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I haven’t reblogged anything for a while, but this struck me as pretty amazing. This blogger is posting random acts of kindness for every day of the year. How great is that? Now, she is offering a weekly challenge to all us other bloggers…a Random Act of Kindness (RAK) a week. I think this is totally doable! Lets all join in and make someones (even our own) day by doing something pretty amazing for someone else.

The Do-Gooder Mama

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After posting yesterday about The Random Act of Kindness Foundation, I decided it was time to practice what I preach.   So, every Wednesday, I will post a new Random Act of Kindness (RAK) challenge.  Yes, folks, I am challenging you to perform one RAK per week with me.   The idea is simple.  Every Wednesday, check here on my blog or over on my Facebook page for the weekly challenge.  At some point in the next 7 days, complete the challenge.  Check back in and let us know that you’ve done your RAK for the week.  And then, do it all again the next week.  Do not underestimate the power of kindness.   Performing one little act each week will undoubtedly make the day better for someone else and will make you walk a little taller, smile a little wider and love life a lot more.

So, today’s challenge:

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Volunteering with Kids – the Beginning

Well, I did it. It has been a while since I found a volunteer listing that might be a good fit for my little family. With the husband on the road, tax season upon us (my professional ‘busy season’), I thought I would at least get the ball rolling. This way, as things start to slow down a bit (yeah, right!) I would be able to step right up.  I clicked on the link, sent my contact information, with a vital question: “Can I bring my kids along with me when I do chores?”  Im hoping they say ‘Yes’, because I can’t do this without the kids.

I can vacuum without my kids, it usually even makes it easier, but without back up to watch the kids, I am basically unavailable. Such is my life right now. Besides, maybe if they see the positive impact they have on another person performing acts of service, they won’t whine so much about their own chores at home! *.* <—See those stars in my eyes? In the hope they do say ‘yes’, I have also begun filling out the volunteer form. It is intense and requires 3 personal references as well as a background check. So far, Im impressed!

Wish us luck as we start this new adventure!

Pay off debt with food? Yep, at Tacoma Public Library

Now is a hard time for local food banks, the holidays are over, but the need remains. The Tacoma Public Library is working with local area food banks to help the food bank and help you. If you have a library fine for overdue books, bring in canned or boxed food to your local library as a way of ‘paying off’ the fines. This is great for me as I am sure I have some fines on my record, so to speak. Symptoms of a too busy life. Below is an excerpt from the Tacoma Public Library website.

Restock local food banks. Reduce your library fines. All without raiding your wallet.

The availability of food items at local food banks are traditionally at an all-time low after the December holidays, but the Tacoma Public Library is hoping to change that through a new program where library patrons can help feed the hungry while eliminating overdue fines. Beginning on February 19 Tacoma’s libraries will hold a community food drive at all 8 locations. It’s a food drive with a twist, however: for every three non-perishables items a patron donates, the library will reduce their overdue fines by $10, without a limit to the total amount waived.  The ‘Food For Fines’ food drive continues through March 2. All food items donated will be delivered to a neighborhood food bank.  More information is available by telephoning the library at 253.292.2001.

“We hope that this program will encourage people to return overdue items and clear their library records, while having the opportunity to donate food to help people in their community rather than just pay fees.” explained librarian Rhonda Kristoff, coordinator of the two-week program.

Each library branch is working with a nearby food bank to ensure donations stay in the neighborhood.  There is no limit to the number of food items the library will accept, nor to the size of the overdue fines the library will forgive.

The library is unable to accept rusty or unlabeled cans, perishable items (fruits, vegetables and raw meat), alcoholic beverages or mixes, opened or used items, home-canned and home­made items, and items within 30 days of their expiration date. “Food for Fines” donations can only be applied to overdue fines. Donations cannot be used to pay for lost or damaged items. “There’s no limit to how much food a patron can donate,” says Kristoff, “and food donations are welcome even if a patron has no fines.”

via Tacoma Public Library – Food For Fines.

30 things to be thankful for

I love this list! So many great ideas for helping others and around Seattle!