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We have a multitude of ways to help on hand, both large and small (some free, some cheap, some not so cheap!) .  So here goes.  Subaru will be running their Share the Love event from November 16, 2016 through January 3, 2017.  For every new Subaru sold or leased during this period, Subaru will donate $250 to the purchaser’s choice of participating.  According to this site, you can choose either the ASPCA, any one of eight different environmental organizations, Adopt a Classroom.org, Meals on Wheels or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Obviously I’m not suggesting that you go out and purchase a car simply for the purpose of generating a charitable donation, but, if you are planning on purchasing a Subaru anyway, make sure to take advantage of this donation opportunity.

At the Lemoyne PA’s Burger King restaurant you can purchase a book of BK food coupons for $1.  The proceeds help to fund BK scholarships, which are awarded yearly to high school seniors and BK employees, their spouses and children.  This year they awarded $3 million in scholarship grants to more than 2,800 students in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.  Each booklet consists of six coupons for one food item.  I redeemed one of the coupons for a value-sized french fries the other, which would normally cost $1.29, thus negating the cost of my coupon booklet.  You have until December 15, 2016 to apply for a scholarship.  To learn more, go to www.bkmclamorefoundation.org/whatwedo/scholarsprogram.

Yesterday my husband and I walked into the Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell restaurant in Etters PA.  They were taking donations to the World Food Programme.  $1 provides 4 meals for those in need, particularly people in Haiti impacted by Hurricane Matthew.  The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger.  Approximately 21,000 people die from hunger and hunger-related causes every day, most of these are children.  In researching this entry I accessed a graphic on Poverty.com and it ripped my heart out.  It shows a computer generated image of one person dying every four seconds.  A simple $1 donation or a click on The Hunger Site helps alleviate some of this suffering.

I recently found out that it is the time of year to fill and donate shoe boxes to Samaritan’s Purse. www.samaritanspurse.org  In case you are not familiar with Samaritan’s Purse, it is a nondenominational Christian organization providing aid to people around the world.  It was founded in 1970 by Bob Pierce, who was succeeded by Franklin Graham upon his death in 1978.  From November 14 – 21 (yes, I am cutting it close), people drop off filled shoe boxes at collection sites for worldwide distribution.  Sometimes just donating money or a can of food to a cause can feel impersonal, but this gives you the opportunity to fill a shoe box for a child of a specific age range and gender.  Unfortunately since I was late on the scene, I had to take the rather impersonal route of making an online donation for someone in the organization to fill a box for me.  However, I will put this on my calendar for next year and get some boxes ready!

And, last, but certainly not least for this blog; I happened to go on the Williams-Sonoma site to do some online shopping.  I am a foodie who enjoys cooking and baking.  Williams-Sonoma is selling silicone spatulas with pictures on them created by young patients at St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  For every St. Jude spatula purchased, they will donate 25% of the purchase price directly to St. Jude’s Hospital.  This well-known hospital works to research and treat pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases.  They are also selling No Kid Hungry Celebrity spatulas with celebrity-inspired designs.  30% of the proceeds of these kitchen tools feed hungry children in America.

Have a blessed and joyous day,

Cindy

“Those who love peace need to work as effectively as those who promote war.  As they work for the war machine, we must work for peace.”

 

 

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