October 25, 2014


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LifeStraw is a small tube with filters inside, and the little thing purifies water. You can put the bottom in a murky river, suck on the straw at the top, and the water coming into your mouth will be clean. Amazing. It's good for your family's emergency kit, camping, travel, and anywhere water quality is iffy. So it's a great product, but here's why it's also a nice product:

For every LifeStraw that someone buys, the company donates water purifiers to schools in Africa, to remove pathogens and dirt that cause horrific diseases. Starting this month in Kenya, 125,000 children are going to start receiving clean water, thanks to LifeStraw customers.

A LifeStraw costs about $20 - the cost of a few big bags of Halloween candy. It doesn't seem like much, considering all the good it does. An additional layer of goodness could be added if groups, like D1NT clubs, teams, schools and houses of worship, took it on as a service project to help their communities, and the kids in Africa.

So the next time you feel overwhelmed by sad world news, which can be pretty often lately, think about this: You can't help everybody, but you can help somebody. If you can buy a Lifestraw for yourself, great! Some day it might help you, and you will also help a child far away. And if you don't buy one, how about telling other people about it?



Another wonderful project from the good people who brought us FreeKibble.com and FreeKibbleKat.com! Visit the site daily and click on the kitty to donate free cat litter to animal shelters. Then they can spend the money saved on caring for cats and getting them adopted.


SHED SOME LIGHT: Recycle eyeglasses and sunglasses

Do you have an old pair of eyeglasses shoved into a drawer? You can recycle them and give the gift of sight to some people who canít afford glasses.

Lions Clubs International collects glasses and its volunteers take them to clinics in Mexico, Peru, India and other countries. Opthalmologists and optometrists examine the villagersí eyes, and adjust OUR glasses for people who need them. So if you have any prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses or reading glasses - any size, any strength - that you donít wear anymore, please donate them, and give someone the gift of sight.

How to help:
1. Mail glasses to: Lions In Sight Foundation of California and Nevada, 1404 Lemon Street, Vallejo, CA 94590, or
2. Click to find a Lions Club International location near you (US, Canada, Europe, S. Africa), or
3. Drop off at any Lenscrafters store. Click for locations.



Sometimes you need to do a nice thing for yourself before you can do one for anyone else. Here's an idea for how can you change some of the worrisome and angry thoughts that get stuck in your brain. The thoughts that squeak squeak squeak like a hamster on a wheel, drowning out everything else.

What if you could change it so the hamster wheel didn't squeek? What if it sounded like Sinatra or Aretha or Mozart - a sound that was loving, soothing and uplifting?

If you can't change something, change the way you think about it. Start by changing your computer passwords to motivational phrases. Every time you type in the password (or write it on paper), youíll be reminded of its uplifting message. Examples:

And of course: Do1NiceTh!ng

Can changing a computer password change your life? Try it. It canít hurt.

(For enhanced security, include at least one UPPERCASE character, one lowercase alphabetic character, one symbol and one number, totaling at least 8 characters.)