We are a one-income family, and yes, our financial situation is stretched to the limit at times, but we are usually able to survive from paycheck to paycheck and have what we need. It was not always so. Let me tell you a little story. About 15 years ago, I found out that I was pregnant with my youngest son. At the time, I had a good paying job as a legal assistant working with a well-respected law firm. I managed to work through most of my pregnancy until my last trimester when complications towards the end of my pregnancy caused me to be put … [Read more...] about Fight Hunger. Spark Change.
Making A Difference
When you volunteer your time and energy, your support and enthusiasm can often have a ripple effect, in that it inspires others to want to participate in the changes you are making. Volunteers bring passion to any cause and they are often the people who can strengthen relationships between policies and communities and create improvement. Becoming an International Volunteer If you like helping people and you want to gain some traveling experience, becoming an international volunteer could be just the thing for you. As an international … [Read more...] about Volunteering: A Gift That Never Stops Giving
I am honored to have the opportunity to partner with several wonderful bloggers from all over the world to show our support of the #GivingTuesday movement. If you are a blogger and would like to join us, you can join our Facebook group or link up your own Giving Tuesday posts using our linkup below. I have had the pleasure of being involved with Giving Tuesday and their worldwide movement to set aside one day for all of mankind to give back to those less fortunate. Entire cities are joining in and celebrating the start of the holiday … [Read more...] about #GivingTuesday Bloggers – Mighty Individually, Together We Can Change the World
Lynn contacted me at the beginning of the month about this article and sharing Kelly Lowe's story with the world. Rape kits are collected at the time of the assault and when tested, DNA evidence contained inside rape kits can be an incredibly powerful tool to solve and prevent crime. It can identify an unknown assailant and confirm the presence of a known suspect. It can affirm the survivor's account of the attack and discredit the suspect. It can connect the suspect to other crime scenes. It can exonerate innocent suspects. To accomplish … [Read more...] about Woman Warrior – an Afghanistan Veteran – Fights for Justice for ALL Women in the USA
Look at this beautiful little girl. Her name is Afua W. and she is a fun-loving child who has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Afua loves music, playing with her toys, and blowing soap bubbles. (Hello! Who doesn't love all of those things!?) Afua also loves to play outside and desperately wants to be able to keep up with her siblings. All of her siblings have bikes, and during the summer months, her family goes for walks and bike rides every day. This summer, her family wants Afua to experience the joy of being able to ride her very … [Read more...] about Help Afua Win the Great Bike Giveaway
Friends - I'm asking for your help. There are approximately 8,000 toys out there still in need of a home before Christmas. 4,000 need to be purchased so the other 4,000 can be donated to one of the 35 charities that Stickman Stew and a bunch of my blogging friends have partnered with this year. Look at the faces of those little ones from Vogel Alcove in Dallas playing with their new toys. How could you NOT want to help spread those smiles across the United States this year? All you need to do is purchase a Stickman Stew toy and another … [Read more...] about Secret Santas Needed – YOU!
Congress has introduced a new bill known as the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, which would allow for adoption discrimination across the country under the guise of religious freedom. I am a Christian, but I am also a firm believer that every human has the right to happiness, love, and family regardless of their race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender, whatever. People are People - end of discussion. When I see an injustice underway, I add my voice along with others to bring about a change in our society. Senator Mike … [Read more...] about Vote NO to the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act
My eldest son, Jonathan, is a sensitive soul, although he does not show it very often. I believe he is in that awkward stage where he is attempting to define the man that he will be in the future. Does he go with the tough, 'I-don't-give-a-crap-about-anything' attitude, or does he go with caring about others and having compassion for those less fortunate than himself? He's shown a mixture of both, but when it comes to the homeless people in Richmond, his heart is on his sleeve. Homelessness is something that occurs in every city in America. … [Read more...] about How You Can Help With the #JonathansHeartProject