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!

NW Family Expo

ImageOn March 16th, save the date for the NW Family Expo. Ticket prices are moderate, but you can enjoy all there is to offer.

  • Vendors for local family attractions (Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Frog n Kiwi and Spring Free Trampoline)
  • Local restaurants (Dove Chocolate Discoveries)
  • Local vendors/businesses (Ikea, Smith Brothers)
  • Local services (dentists/doctors/Pierce County Health Department)

These are just a few of the vendors listed on their website. Take a look and buy a ticket. The reason I’m posting early is the 1st 100 ticket holders get FREE passes to Wild Waves! At only $6 per adult person over 12yrs old, that is a STEAL! So plan a great Spring and Summer with the NW Family Expo. Best of all, the proceeds to this event support our own wonderful Mary Bridge Hospital!

Scarves for Troops

If you are a craft sort of person with a knitting needle or crochet hook, this is a great opportunity to support our troops! Alas, I am not that crafty with either of these mediums. So, I am sharing with you guys to see if this is something you, my reader can help with. Re-blog, tweet or respond!

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NOTE: The most recent information about Operation Gratitude’s Scarves for Troops Program is posted here: http://bit.ly/ScarvesforTroops

A new guest post from ourScarves for Troopscoordinators:

Even though the days are still hot for some of us, there is a hint of Fall in the atmosphere and it serves as an important reminder: If you’re planning on making knit or crochet scarves and hats, it’s time to put your needles and crochet hooks to work! Last year we were able to put a handmade item of warmth in every box! I know MANYof you have been knitting and crocheting all yearlong:THANK YOU very much!

Please help spread the good word — to senior centers, Girl Scout troops, yarn shops, craft websites, bloggers — anyone who you think may want to help out withthis project to show their appreciation to our troops!

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How to Make a Paracord “Survival” Bracelet

This can be a really fun craft for your older kids, and a great way to build awareness of giving as well as the wonderful service that our military members provide all of us!

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Quick Deploy Style
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IMPORTANT: You can find additional information, instructions and tips here: Paracord “Survival” Bracelets FAQs & Tips

Watch this video to learn how to make the new Quick-Deploy style bracelets we are now sending in our care packages:

Click here for the paracord jig layout PDF referenced in the video.

If you’re left-handed, you can watch a tutorial that’s just for you!

In 2012 we began supporting the emergency first responderswho volunteer with the disaster response veterans service organization, Team Rubicon. One of the important items we include in our First Responder Kits are Paracord “Survival” Bracelets. Not only are the bracelets really cool-looking, they can actually be used to save a life in an emergency situation.

The bracelets have become so popular we now include one in each of our care packages! OpGratVolunteers Bracelets

To meet the increased demand, we learned how to make our own bracelets and we’ve asked volunteers to start making them, too.

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Make a Wish Foundation – Matching Air Miles

Wishes In Flight: You Hold the Ticket to a Child’s Wish!POSTED BY KERIDWYN ⋅ JULY 30, 2012 ⋅

KOMO News & Make a Wish Alaska & Washington are pairing up for a special pledge drive this Thursday! (8/2)

Did you know over 70% of the kids who become part of the Make A Wish program ask for trips? Here’s how you can help bring smiles to little faces & their families: donate your airfare miles to Make a Wish!  Miles are accepted from Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines & US Airways.  I hear Alaska is matching up to 250,000 miles!

Don’t have miles to donate? You can donate $5 now through August 10th, by texting “MILES” to 80088.

via Wishes In Flight: You Hold the Ticket to a Child’s Wish!.