April 24, 2014
This Week's Idea
WHAT TO DO WHEN PEOPLE AREN'T NICE
Turn a Bully Into a Baby: Some people are simply not nice. The holler. They honk. They push around everyone in their way. Unfortunately, crabbiness is not a victimless crime. (Sometimes it can even be a life-threatening one.) What to do?
Here's a simple method to deflect a perpetrator's venom. Imagine he (or she) is a screaming toddler:
WHAA! He's wearing nothing but a diaper! Now in full tantrum mode, he's shrieking at the top of his lungs, turning red in the face, pumping his tiny fists in the air and kicking his chubby little legs.
Wow, is he mad! But he no longer has any power over you. He's in a crib, where he deserves to be, behind bars.
GIVE BOOKS, THE GIFT OF IMAGINATION
BookEnds was the idea of an eight-year-old boy named Brandon who encouraged his classmates to donate their own books to an orphanage. His mom, Robin Keefe, founded BookEnds 15 years ago and is its president today.
What an impact! 250,000 student volunteers have collected used books at events that they organized. Two million books have been given away to 500,000 at-risk kids.
How to Help
1. Send a gently used children's book to BookEnds.
2. Organize a book drive. Many schools, libraries, food banks and clinics are grateful for gently used children's books.
3. Donate money.
4. Visit The Literacy Site and click to donate books to needy kids worldwide, free.
I GOT THIS
Pay it behind: Pay for the coffee, parking or bridge toll of the person behind you.
SEND A SOAP, SAVE A LIFE
Every day, 9,000 children under 5 die from infections because they have no soap. Clean the World sterilizes soaps and makes them into new bars.
Then soaps and hygiene kits are distributed to people who need them in domestic shelters in N. America and in 70 countries. One of those countries is Haiti, which received shipments of Clean the World soap following the 7.0 earthquake there four years ago.
How to help:
1. Mail a new bar of soap to Clean the World (addresses are below). Unused hotel soaps, shampoos and lotions are good to send too.
2. Hold a soap drive at school, work and places of worship
3. Volunteer at Clean the World warehouses in Las Vegas or Orlando
4. Encourage hotels to donate their used and unused soaps and shampoos
5. More ways to help
Clean the World
400A Pittman St.
Orlando, FL 32801
Clean the World
3111 S. Valley View Blvd, Suite L-115
Las Vegas, NV 89102
HUNGRY? YOU'RE NOT THE ONLY ONE
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.
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.