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Dulles Plane Pull to help VA Special Olympics

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Hi Friends,
I am participating in a special event here in Northern Virginia to raise money for the Special Olympics. As you all know –  2 years ago, I made changes in my life that has me focused on living a healthy and fit life! As part of my  change, I regularly participate in different activities and events that give back to the community. With my trainer- Michael Thrash – Plumbline Training – a group of 25 Plumbline followers will be pulling a plane at the18th Annual Dulles Plane Pull! www.dullesday.com to raise money for the Special Olympics. And while we have already reached our goal of $2500, this non-profit could always use more!  I would appreciate if you could offer your support to this great charity and support me as we show those other groups that Plumbline sets the bar!

http://bit.ly/bG2z9u

I know many of you have causes you currently support so no pressure if you are not able  —

thank you!
steph

Billionaire challenge: China’s wealthiest

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The next billionaire challenge: China’s wealthiest – Sep. 10, 2010.

The gap between the have and have nots seems to be getting wider all the time and on one hand it’s great that Gates and Buffett are trying to persuade others in their tax bracket to give back — it’s also shocking to see just how much money some people have. I mean jaw dropping sums of it while there are many many many more that don’t have enough to buy food for tonite’s meal.

Giving back not only helps others, it feeds your soul. Everyone should take some time & think about ways they can give back – whether it’s time, money, food, experience, clothing — even writing notes to armed forces is a way to give back.  You don’t need to be a billionaire to make a difference – so while Gates and Buffett try to persuade the rich folk to give dollars, we can all give in ways that fit our ‘middle class’ lifestyle and it will still make a difference — i guarantee it!

Gates and Buffet are coming to push their pet cause — the so called Billionaires Pledge — trying to persuade the rich, no matter where they may live, to donate half of their wealth to charitable causes.

Loudoun Interfaith Relief Food Pantry Items being collected in Ashburn

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Part of living a healthy and fit life is doing things for others — giving back. Here’s an easy way to help that I found out about via LivinginLoco

The Ashburn Library in Ashburn VA is currently taking donations of cereal, juice, canned meat, and canned fruits for the Loudoun Interfaith Relief Food Pantry until September 30th.

Give back when you can —

Welcome to the Kindness community

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Welcome to the Kindness community

Thought this was a good site even though it is filled with annoying ads. Reminders on a regular basis of the kindness that happens around the world.

Wish you could find more positive stories in the news — stories that inspire and uplift you? You’ve come to the right place.

Kindness is your daily source of inspiration and guide to making a difference in fresh and exciting ways, no matter where you are. Each day, this site will unearth unique stories of giving with exclusive interviews, fresh takes on news stories, plenty of tips, and links to interesting resources.

Lemonade Days 2010 | Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

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Help Put the Squeeze on Childhood Cancer

Stir up some fun as you raise money to help find a cure for pediatric cancer by taking part in our 7th Annual Lemonade Days, on the weekend of June 11, 12, and 13, 2010. Host an Alex’s Lemonade Stand fundraising event along with more than 10,000 volunteers across the country. Our Lemonade Days goal this year? $1 million raised for childhood cancer research… And YOU can help us get there!

To take part in our Lemonade Days, hold your Alex’s Lemonade Stand fundraising event anytime during this year’s three designated days—June 11, 12, and 13. You can set up in your front yard, at your school, at your workplace, church, temple, community center or anywhere you like!

Find out all you need to know, register to participate, and download materials right here to make your Lemonade Days Fundraiser a success.

via Lemonade Days 2010 | Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Books make a difference – and you can help kids in need

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Read about this over at Melicious’s Blog: The Clothes Make the Girl

Not only am I a big proponent of helping and giving back, I also work in the education field – so reading/books=right up my alley.

Books Make a Difference. BlogHer and BookRenter are donating 1000 books to kids in need, and all you have to do to help is post a comment on this blog.

See how easy it to help others!?

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Lemonade Days – June 11, 12 & 13

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I had the pleasure of meeting Jay and Liz Scott, the parents of an extraordinary little girl – Alex – and hearing their story a few years ago during a Leadership camp I organized for student’s that attend K12, Inc.* schools. After that meeting, we were so inspired , K12, Inc. partnered with them to ask our families from around the world to hold Lemonade Stands to raise awareness & money for childhood cancer research. This wonderful foundation, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, has raised more than $30 million for cancer research, and funded more than 100 research projects at nearly 50 institutions across the country to date.

When I first heard their story during the summer of 2007, I had no idea that I would soon be dealing with my own family journey with Cancer and remember being so floored by the courage and strength that these 2 showed when sharing Alex’s story. Now that I have my own cancer story to share – I completely understand the impact it has on your life, your expectations and your perspective. I have even more respect and admiration for them  if that is even possible. They are truly amazing people!

Register today for Lemonade Days – June 11th, 12th and 13th, 2010! and hold your own stand with your kids!
During Lemonade Days, dedicated volunteers host thousands of Alex’s Lemonade Stands across the country during the same June weekend that Alex first held her original stands. Each year, Lemonade Days raises over $1 million for childhood cancer research. It’s a great way to get out there and give back with your kids to a cause that directly impacts kids.

If you can’t hold a lemonade stand that weekend – you can hold it anytime of the year or get creative, and ask for birthday present donations or just simply send in a check. It really is a worthwhile cause!

Alexandra “Alex” Scott was born to Jay and Liz Scott in Manchester, Connecticut on January 18, 1996, the second of four children.

Shortly before her first birthday, Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer. On her first birthday, the doctors informed Alex’s parents that if she beat her cancer it was doubtful that she would ever walk again. Just two weeks later, Alex slightly moved her leg at her parents’ request to kick. This was the first indication of who she would turn out to be-a determined, courageous, confident and inspiring child with big dreams and big accomplishments.

By her second birthday, Alex was crawling and able to stand up with leg braces. She worked hard to gain strength and to learn how to walk. She appeared to be beating the odds, until the shattering discovery within the next year that her tumors had started growing again. In the year 2000, the day after her fourth birthday, Alex received a stem cell transplant and informed her mother, “When I get out of the hospital I want to have a lemonade stand.” She said she wanted to give the money to the doctors to help them “help kids, like they had helped her”. True to her word, she held her first lemonade stand later that year and raised an amazing $2000 for “her hospital.”

While bravely battling her own cancer, Alex continued to hold yearly lemonade stands in her front yard to benefit childhood cancer research. News spread of the remarkable sick child dedicated to helping other sick children. People from all over the world, moved by her story, held their own lemonade stands and donated the proceeds to Alex and her cause.

In August of 2004, Alex passed away at the age of 8, knowing that, with the help of others, she had raised over $1 million to help find a cure for the disease that took her life. Alex’s family-including brothers Patrick, Eddie, and Joey and supporters are committed to continuing her inspiring legacy through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

*I work for K12, Inc and we are once again supporting Alex’s Lemonade Stand during Lemonade Days – encouraging our families to hold stands to raise money for cancer research.  In the 2 years that we have partnered with ALSF, K12 students have raised more than $135,000! Not too shabby!!

Giving back

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To me a vital part of living a healthy life is giving back. Giving back does not have to be any huge production either. There are tons of small ways to do it.  For those of you that have volunteered, you know that there is very little in the world more rewarding than helping out others. I try to instill that awareness and understanding in own kids and am always looking for opportunities to show them ways they can make a difference. From my own experience, its really hard to find many real organized opportunities for kids under 13 to volunteer- but there are a few if you get creative and are willing to do some legwork.

– visiting a senior center or home. We call these grama and grampa centers at our house.
– walking along side our community ponds with friends picking up garbage. When we go for a walk in general we bring a bag to pick up any garbage or litter we see.  We have also have done this with our Brownie troop and will do it again this year.
– finding a local charitable group that accepts good condition, used toys. The kids go through their own toys, pick some and then we deliver them as a family.

Don’t get me wrong – there is a lot of value in having them save and give money to charities or send letters etc – but I do think there is something intrinsically more valuable in younger kids experiencing the immediate impact of their actions and being able to see that what they do can make a real difference, even if it’s as simple as a smile and a hug.

Here is a great site that helps inspire high school students to give back:
Youth Noise is a nice web 2.0 resource for high school students to explore charitable causes and lend support to causes. Youth Noise allows users to create profiles, find information about current world events, and voice opinions on current issues. Some of the causes student can explore and support include animal rights, education, government, tolerance, and poverty.

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