December 10, 2013
This Week's Idea
CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR OUR POW, BOWE BERGDAHL
Sergeant Bowe Berghdahl is the only American Prison of War in Afghanistan. He has been held since June 2009. If you're sending Christmas cards, could you please include 2 for Bowe? Mail 1 to the White House and 1 to the Red Cross:
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
C/O The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500-2004
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
c/o American Red Cross
2025 E Street NW
Washington DC 20006-5009
GIFTS OF GOODNESS
How are your holidays going? Take a deep breath and remember the reason we're celebrating. (Hint: It's not bargain hunting, parking lot racing or mall wrestling.) It's the season of miracles.
While you're thinking about gifts for the lucky people in your life, consider honoring them with one the following:
1. Mittens: Send new or gently used mittens, scarves, blankets and hats for needy kids and grown-ups in freezing New England and Upstate New York. WCAX TV in Vermont is distributing them. Send your own, or order online and let a store mail them for you. Mail to: WCAX Mitten Tree, 30 Joy Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403. Or if you’re in that region, you can drop them off at UPS stores. Click for locations.
2. A Flock of Chicks: Your gift will provide a needy family with a steady source of nutrition, income, and security for generations. Give a family life and hope for $20. Heifer International.
3. Fresh Fruit: Flowers for a holiday table wilt and are soon tossed out. Instead, use whole fruits for a colorful, sweet-smelling centerpiece. The next day, bring it to your local food pantry to feed the less fortunate in your community. If you have food to give or need food, click to find a food pantry or food bank, or donate online to AmpleHarvest.org.
4. Our Military Kids: Donate to enable a child whose parent is deployed or wounded to attend an after-school class or participate in sports.
5. Foster Children: Send an unwrapped toy, game or book to a foster child. Your gift will likely be their only Christmas present. Mail to: Children's Law Center of California, 201 Centre Plaza Drive, Suite 10, Monterey Park, CA 91754-2178. Easier: Donate online.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A CAP MAKES
Every month, Knots of Love volunteers knit and crochet more than 3,500 caps with love, for people experiencing traumatic hair loss. The soft, warm beanies, as well as neonatal blankets, are free to patients of all ages across the U.S. Many go to chemo patients, some go to veterans after brain surgery, and others go to people of all ages experiencing various life-threatening conditions.
You'd be amazed how much a little cap can mean:
"I received my hats today and they are PERFECT! They feel good and they make me feel cute again! This is my happy day. Thank you," - Grace
"I wear mine and feel the love you put into it when you made it. God blessed your hands. Your selfless gift is a blessing to me."
"You make such a beautiful difference. It was your soft, red cap that touched my heart during the darkest and scariest days of chemo- thank you!"
"Thank you for caring so much for total strangers." - Nancy
Not a knitter? Not a problem. Donate online. What a tender way to honor a loved one who has or had cancer.