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On my to visit my mom a couple of days ago,  I stopped at a combination quick shopper/Subway to get my mom a cup of coffee on my way to visit. Then I discovered that Subway (#SUBWAY CARES) in Central Pennsylvania will donate a portion of their cookie sales to THON during February.  THON (www.thon.org) is the largest student-run charity in the world.  It was started by Penn State students in 1973, who were interested in creating an opportunity to give back to the community.  Each year more than 16,500 student volunteers work at all types of fund-raising activities.  The climax is the 46 hour dance marathon, from which it originally got its name.  In 1987, the name was changed to THON, because the students are involved in activities all year round.  I have seen PSU students standing outside in all kinds of weather, collecting funds for the kids.  All monies raised are donated to the Four Diamonds Fund at the Hershey Medical Center (www.fourdiamonds.org).  Four Diamonds treats victims of childhood cancers and pays all expenses not covered by the patient’s insurance.  They also work tirelessly to find a cure.  So far, THON has raised over $136 million dollars for cancer treatment and research.  So if you are in the Central Pennsylvania this month, pick up a cookie at Subway.  It’s a sweet way to help children and their families.

Sorry this post is so short.  Heinz ketchup was running a promotion to feed the hungry.  You were supposed to take a selfie with a Heinz ketchup bottle and Heinz would make a donation to Stop Hunger Now!, which is now Rise Against Hunger.  I went on the site to double-check my facts before posting, and the promotion had reached its goal and was now closed.  So much for that.

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And I saw a Hershey milk chocolate bar which had a link to the Wounded Warrior Project (https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/).  I went to check that, and it too had ended.  So much for that, too.  I apologize for the fuzzy picture, my skills as a photographer are extremely limited, to say the least!

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 Not to be deterred I spotted cans of Bumble Bee Tuna at our local Karns Market on sale for 69 cents, so I grabbed a couple for the food bank.  Also, in my stumbling around, I discovered a great site, Volunteer Match (https:www.volunteermatch.org).  You log in, enter your location, and the site lists volunteer opportunities in your area.  If you have a talent, skill or block of time that you would like to share, just go on that site to see where the needs are in your area.

Well, it is time to get ready for the snow storm heading our way.

 

Take care,

Cindy

 

“The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live.”

Joan Borysenko

 

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