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posted at 2/28/2011 6:13 PM EST
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Things have really been tough for a lot of people the last couple of years, and I would like to recognize all of you that have done something to make life a little better for someone else.  I'd like to give a big shout out to everyone who has donated, volunteered, or has helped in someway to help.  I'd also like to hear about charities that you support.  Let's give them a little free publicity!!

I have always stressed giving back to our family, and I am proud to say that they have responded very well.  I just celebrated 40 years of volunteering for Children's Home Society of California.  My husband is a volunteer with the bike patrol of the East Bay Regional Park District.   My daughter and her oldest girl are members of the National Charity League.  They have done a myriad of projects from working in a soup kitchen, to helping the ASPCA, to participating in the "princess project" ( recycling prom dresses and accessories for girls who could not afford to go otherwise).  My daughter's younger daughter is a Girl Scout ( did you buy cookies this year?) and she has also donated her hair to Locks of Love ( they make wigs for chhildren with cancer.   My son and daughter in law have collected food for the food bank at their business and in their neighborhood,  They have helped with the "One Warm Coat" drive.  Their daughter is a regular volunteer at the Animal Rescue foundation or (ARF).

 So now you know about our family....If'd love to hear about yours!!!!

Re: Charities

posted at 2/28/2011 8:08 PM EST
Posts: 4948
First: 6/4/2010
Last: 4/30/2013
In Response to Charities:
Things have really been tough for a lot of people the last couple of years, and I would like to recognize all of you that have done something to make life a little better for someone else.  I'd like to give a big shout out to everyone who has donated, volunteered, or has helped in someway to help.  I'd also like to hear about charities that you support.  Let's give them a little free publicity!! I have always stressed giving back to our family, and I am proud to say that they have responded very well.  I just celebrated 40 years of volunteering for Children's Home Society of California.  My husband is a volunteer with the bike patrol of the East Bay Regional Park District.   My daughter and her oldest girl are members of the National Charity League.  They have done a myriad of projects from working in a soup kitchen, to helping the ASPCA, to participating in the "princess project" ( recycling prom dresses and accessories for girls who could not afford to go otherwise).  My daughter's younger daughter is a Girl Scout ( did you buy cookies this year?) and she has also donated her hair to Locks of Love ( they make wigs for chhildren with cancer.   My son and daughter in law have collected food for the food bank at their business and in their neighborhood,  They have helped with the "One Warm Coat" drive.  Their daughter is a regular volunteer at the Animal Rescue foundation or (ARF).  So now you know about our family....If'd love to hear about yours!!!!
Posted by Barbara B


I have always donated to our local food banks,we do shoe box Christmas every year ,along with donations to the salvation army and Toys for Tots.I donate several times a year to Goodwill and have spent thousands of dollars in their stores.I always buy second hand when I can .I would like to say Goodwill has an on line auction that runs daily,If you are looking for yourself or for a gift for someone else please check it out many items are donated new.My husband bought 30 boxes of Girl Scout cookies this year,we were at our neighborhood mid winter party and he found our little neighbor girl and asked if he could buy some cookies from her,he didn't even give her a chance to ask him LOL

Re: Charities

posted at 2/28/2011 8:19 PM EST
Posts: 7311
First: 6/23/2010
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(I sure am glad to be back on here! -- and grateful for such a good question)
I give as much as I can at church and I give more to missionaries passing through.
And, when possible, I give to the local Humane Society.
I bought a pile of Girl Scout cookies.
And I belong to the local County Sheriffs' Assoc. (This is a "real" outfit - not a bunch of telephone rip-off people)
After church my favorite place to give is the Domestic Abuse Clinic. .... absolute life savers.

Re: Charities

posted at 2/28/2011 8:36 PM EST
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First: 10/19/2009
Last: 2/11/2012
In Response to Re: Charities:
( I sure am glad to be back on here! -- and grateful for such a good question) I give as much as I can at church and I give more to missionaries passing through. And, when possible, I give to the local Humane Society. I bought a pile of Girl Scout cookies. And I belong to the local County Sheriffs' Assoc. (This is a "real" outfit - not a bunch of telephone rip-off people) After church my favorite place to give is the Domestic Abuse Clinic. .... absolute life savers.
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy...

Wow...we all were looking for you!  You had us so concerned and I am thrilled to see you back!  YEAH!!!!

I help at the food bank, donate blood and platelets at the Blood Bank, donate to the DVA, Animal Rescue, World Wildlife Fund, Sierra Club, and support the Veterans.  I have also help raise money and walked for the local Animal Rescue.

I belong to the Lionettes club that is affiliated with the Lion's Club.  We raise and donate time to help the local community and this past year, we have reached out to other communities and nursing homes.

I enjoy doing what I can for others, sometimes I can do a lot and other times, it's only little that I can do, but if is from my heart!

Re: Charities

posted at 2/28/2011 8:58 PM EST
Posts: 992
First: 10/7/2010
Last: 8/28/2011
HiBARBARA; Thanks for the soapbox  opportunity to brag &  preach.
I volunteered at a rehab program  9 2+ years)for the  mentally lil and  recovering drug & alcohol  abusers,(often the same people; teaching basic cooking techniques.Did you know that these people (on social security disability) receive govt. surplus rice, pasta, bricks of  cheese  sugar, flour, etc as well as food stamps. Yet none of them knew how to use these items & often traded these useless to themFrown food stuffs for cigarettes.
If they did not attend & fully participate in  classes on  basic hygeine; job hunting; my classes & pass the mandatory drug tests, twice each week,they would lose their disability benefits ( monthly checks; even  subsidized housing.
Thismadethem highlymotivated to participate& learn, makingiteasier& morerewarding forme & the othervolunteers( painting, sewing, &other skills to contribute to bettering their  lives) For over 2 years,  I taught them how to make rice & pasta; toast, grilled cheese sandwiches,  hamburgers, meatballs & sauce( using  the surplus  pasta & canned tomatoes they received.I also taught them how to read recipes( other than my own)  and taught  the  basic & simple techniques required to follow recipes( mince;dice;chop; mesure ingredients; simmer;boil; fry  & even   the (more advanced) stir-fry.  Mostly things they were assumed to know but had never been questioned  or  confirmed ) Many of my students ended up helping to prepare the group meals at mid-day break)  that were part of the program.One of my students got a job working for a caterer, eventually becoming the sous-chef, for the caterer. He learned how to de-bone a chicken.They all learned how to make chicken broth w/ the bones he removed; then chicken rice & chicken noodle soup w/veggies. Igot lesson ideas from their requests( what the"dreamed"of making but "just knew thy never could  never actualy  do".Undecided
We made pizza from scratch; pancakes & French toast;   even baked bread.Surprised There I was 
a n old "crippled  "lady"  teaching these"dregs of society" how to  help feed themsslves  & often  their  neighbors
My husband   taught  computer classes (Word Perfect) to some of the people in the rehab program; givin them skills needed for today's  jobs 
Money mouthHe volunteered at the animal shelter feeding the "babies' & cleaningup their litter boxes &  cages; grooming them and "gentling" the more fearfull &  aggressive ones; helping to make them more adoptable. We aopted our"Beasty girl"; Cali (one o f his "babies" Innocent
Some of you might remember  my posting stories of our surprise & delight, as Cail became a real"family member"cuddling &  even allowing human contact.Surprised

He's volunteered at the local municipal hospital helping to set up social & fund-raising  progarms by data inputting &  offering technical savy as needed.
He's volunteered in elementary schools  working w/" (" disadvantaged")kids( poor families  w/overworked paents who offered no support to their  education;  due  to their own minimal education or lack of time; some working 3 part- time jobs in order to support  &  provide for their families.
  He  he aught advanced ath classes( algebra & geometryo 5thgrders; prearing them for state - wide proficiency exams. He got the most hopeless casses; & several of his students   gotsomedofthe  highest  scores in the state, proving  that hubby's teaching methods were worthwhile, even gthough though different from  what the teachers had learned in college. Hubby was born, nearly deaf & out of need taught himself algebra & geometry through trial &  error 'cuz he could not hear the lessons being taught in school.  There were no "special ed"clsses 50-60 years ago. But his own keen mind & hard work prepared him to go on to college  &  become  chief engineer at several companies, before he retired. Our cats & ourselves are all"throw aways" in the eyes of many overworked/ burned out  pofessionals( vets; teachers & the indifferent public. We see  the value & worth of all living creatures & Our goal has been to open opportunities for  a"normal"quality of life "for others ( man or beast)  to the best of our abilities.Undecided
We make cash donations to "The  Children  of Chernobyl( kids  sickened by the explosion in a nuclear power plant in Russia,  many years ago; who through no fault of their own, now  have  genetic? defects & many types of burns &  deformities. Our small contributions help to get them medical care in  more "medically advanced" countries; in some  cases to provide homes & caring adults to fill in for their own deceased parents.
Our interests & concerns are very varied; but deeply heart felt.  
Whatever your heart leads  you to & your own abilities allow, you can find charities/ orgaizations  in need of your help!!!   Cool
twww.verybestbaking.com/community/forums.aspx/baking-forums_water-cooler_charities?plckFindPostKey=Cat:3473a929-a609-4b85-8818-bf915c7505deForum:46fe1a99-7ba0-4d0b-8807-3a2be6e8c083Discussion:10b0d376-4347-46d6-965d-8d0520f15bafPost:2d665d14-7438-492f-b3c3-7afb118e6e79">Charities :
Things have really been tough for a lot of people the last couple of years, and I would like to recognize all of you that have done something to make life a little better for someone else.  I'd like to give a big shout out to everyone who has donated, volunteered, or has helped in someway to help.  I'd also like to hear about charities that you support.  Let's give them a little free publicity!! I have always stressed giving back to our family, and I am proud to say that they have responded very well.  I just celebrated 40 years of volunteering for Children's Home Society of California.  My husband is a volunteer with the bike patrol of the East Bay Regional Park District.   My daughter and her oldest girl are members of the National Charity League.  They have done a myriad of projects from working in a soup kitchen, to helping the ASPCA, to participating in the "princess project" ( recycling prom dresses and accessories for girls who could not afford to go otherwise).  My daughter's younger daughter is a Girl Scout ( did you buy cookies this year?) and she has also donated her hair to Locks of Love ( they make wigs for chhildren with cancer.   My son and daughter in law have collected food for the food bank at their business and in their neighborhood,  They have helped with the "One Warm Coat" drive.  Their daughter is a regular volunteer at the Animal Rescue foundation or (ARF).  So now you know about our family....If'd love to hear about yours!!!!
Posted by Barbara B

Re: Charities

posted at 2/28/2011 9:00 PM EST
Posts: 1828
First: 9/9/2008
Last: 4/23/2014
Welcome back Nancy.  You have been missed! 

During the year we donate to several organizations that serve disabled veterans (DAV, Paralyzed Veterans of America, VFW and AMVETS).  These are great in that they help veterans not only when they are hospitalized but they help them adapt to their conditions and train them for jobs.  Since these are not funded by the government they are always in need of donations.  It is so sad that our government doesn't do more for these brave souls who were disabled while serving our country.

We also donate to a couple of local groups that serve mentally handicapped children and adults, Little City and Clearbrook Center.  And of course whenever possible we donate food to the local township food pantry and several churches that run their own food pantries.

Barbara, my grandaughter also donated her hair to Locks of Love.  She was about ten years old before she had her hair cut and it was well past her waist.  But she made up her mind that this is what she wanted to do.

I agree with Gale about buying second hand.  You can help a lot of organizations by purchasing these items and also donating things you no longer want or use.  We have several in the area like Goodwill, Salvation Army, Women's Shelters, etc.  I am in the process of cleaning  my house and have found so many things that have never been used that I pack up and donate.

Re: Charities

posted at 2/28/2011 9:49 PM EST
Posts: 1038
First: 10/1/2008
Last: 4/19/2014
I feel elated to hear all the things that are happening from our community.  How exciting is that!!!!  .  What a wonderful group !!!  Thanks to all of you for your generosity.

Re: Charities

posted at 2/28/2011 9:51 PM EST
Posts: 4948
First: 6/4/2010
Last: 4/30/2013
I just had my little dog Rocky put down and we took him to our local Animal Protective League.This is where he was adopted.I felt this was a better choice than even our vet.The money we spent will be used for other animals in need.I will adopt another puppy from there as soon as the weather breaks and we can go down and look.I would like to say if you are looking for an addition to your family why not a second hand puppy or kitty,they are sitting and waiting for you to come down and take them home.I saw a poster on the wall down there and it brought tears to my eyes ,it read"Adopt a dog and change two lives forever" isn't that the truth.

Re: Charities

posted at 2/28/2011 9:53 PM EST
Posts: 725
First: 12/31/2009
Last: 3/21/2014
I must say that all of you are FANTASTIC!  Sounds like you all keep very busy and it is so wonderful that you do so much to help others. 

I try to help out whenever I can.  I give to our church and some of the charities they support.  I volunteer weekly at the school and donate items to Goodwill, etc.  In addition, I help out the local Cub Scout/Boy Scout troop and support their community service projects by helping with leaf raking, litter cleanup at the library, etc.

Every little bit helps and can make a difference!

Re: Charities

posted at 2/28/2011 9:59 PM EST
Posts: 725
First: 12/31/2009
Last: 3/21/2014
Gale,

Your message about adopting from a shelter is so true.  I wish everyone would adopt a pet from a shelter.  The last two cats that I adopted were from a shelter.  We decided to adopt an older cat because we thought they would have a harder time getting adopted and we wanted to give them a nice home.  They have been great cats and they have brought such joy to our family.

Re: Charities

posted at 2/28/2011 10:05 PM EST
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First: 10/6/2010
Last: 4/15/2014
I donate blood and platelets.  Platelets I donate twice a month, when I need a break from that I will donate a pint that sets me back 56 days until I can donate again.
They just told me Friday that I completed my 33rd platelet donation and I have over 50 blood donations.  (I do it for the juice and animal crackers!)
I volunteer at county animal shelter.
I volunteer at my  Grandson's school
I also bring food to the food pantry 3 or 4 times a year.
I bring items to Goodwill or Salvation Army. 

Used towels that are not in great shape I bring to the animal shelter.

Animal shelters can use, towels of all sizes, newspapers, plastic bags and most need good sturdy heavy weight bowls.

Food pantry's can use any non perishable food item.  PLEASE when you donate check expiration dates and DO not donate it if the item is expired.  Also don't forget items like paper towels, toilet paper, dish soap.

Check with a PADs group or Homless Shelter to see if they can use all those little sample packets of shampoo and conditioner that are sent to you. 

Re: Charities

posted at 2/28/2011 10:06 PM EST
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First: 10/1/2008
Last: 4/19/2014

Gale, my granddaughter who works at ARF often takes pictures with her phone of some of the animals that need adopting and posts them on her Facebook page.   How can people resist!

Re: Charities

posted at 2/28/2011 10:44 PM EST
Posts: 319
First: 11/6/2008
Last: 8/7/2013
In Response to Re: Charities:
I donate blood and platelets.  Platelets I donate twice a month, when I need a break from that I will donate a pint that sets me back 56 days until I can donate again. They just told me Friday that I completed my 33rd platelet donation and I have over 50 blood donations.  (I do it for the juice and animal crackers!) I volunteer at county animal shelter. I volunteer at my  Grandson's school I also bring food to the food pantry 3 or 4 times a year. I bring items to Goodwill or Salvation Army.  Used towels that are not in great shape I bring to the animal shelter. Animal shelters can use, towels of all sizes, newspapers, plastic bags and most need good sturdy heavy weight bowls. Food pantry's can use any non perishable food item.  PLEASE when you donate check expiration dates and DO not donate it if the item is expired.  Also don't forget items like paper towels, toilet paper, dish soap. Check with a PADs group or Homless Shelter to see if they can use all those little sample packets of shampoo and conditioner that are sent to you. 
Posted by nikki p


The food banks can also use perishable foods if they have a cooler or freezer. I put in approx. 15 hrs per week at our local food/clothing/furniture bank. We give canned goods, fresh fruit and vegies if we have them, meats, dried milk and boxed, shelf stable milks, juices, etc. We also try to keep baby food and formula, diapers for babies and adults, bed mats, etc. The tissues and female items are also much appreciated. And, those little sample packages, they are loved also. We recently received a large donation of toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, shaving cream and other toiletries. If you go thru your pantry and find items that are near expiration or best by dates and you know you won't use it, donate it! You would be surprised at how long stuff is actually usable/eatable past those dates. Would you believe a few years?

Other items we give are books, school supplies, arts and craft items, movies on tapes and cds, music tapes and cds. Many people who lose their homes to fires or floods come up and restock. Dishes, cook ware, microwaves, etc. are very welcomed. So are toys, games, etc.

In other words, if you use it in your home, someone else can too and there is someone out there who needs or would appreciate it.

Re: Charities

posted at 2/28/2011 11:23 PM EST
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First: 8/9/2008
Last: 6/2/2013

We always donate to our Church( monetary) and other charities which they collect for and support.  Even though I don't have children in school any longer, I still save the Campbell's labels and Box Tops for education.  I split them between our parish school and my son's parish school where he lives and is active in.  I also save cancelled stamps for the missions.  I collect in our neighborhood for the American Heart Association.  I have done this for years.  My former boss does a walk for Cancer and every year I give her a donation for that.  We donate to the Food Bank at Church and the various groups that come around collecting food, clothing, etc.  Whenever I am able to I send for samples of various things and pass them on.  I used to pass on the small shampoos, soaps, etc. from our trips, but we don't travel any longer.

I receive many many requests through the mail from various charities.  I donate to many of them, but can't donate to all.  Some of the ones I donate to are:  cystic fibrosis, The Christophers, Easter seals, USO, Boys Town, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Paralyzed Veterans of America, United Spinal Assoc.,ASPCA, a whole lot of missions, and more. (Needless to say, I can't do all of them at one time, but I space them out.)

We were very active helping various groups in our Church, but don't do that much any longer because of my husband's MS.  He can't do anything and my time is limited.  I can do phone calls, paper work, etc. at home

I've donated school supplies, yarn, books, and many other things that we are not using and are in good shape.


Always thinking about what I can do to help others.

Re: Charities

posted at 3/1/2011 4:19 PM EST
Posts: 992
First: 10/7/2010
Last: 8/28/2011
Hi MARIE F.; How much you enrich your own life & the lives of others, by actively looking & thinking of how you  can help others.If we all did" just a little to help" we'd( combined) make a HUGE DIFFERENCEInnocentCool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Response to Re: Charities:
We always donate to our Church( monetary) and other charities which they collect for and support.  Even though I don't have children in school any longer, I still save the Campbell's labels and Box Tops for education.  I split them between our parish school and my son's parish school where he lives and is active in.  I also save cancelled stamps for the missions.  I collect in our neighborhood for the American Heart Association.  I have done this for years.  My former boss does a walk for Cancer and every year I give her a donation for that.  We donate to the Food Bank at Church and the various groups that come around collecting food, clothing, etc.  Whenever I am able to I send for samples of various things and pass them on.  I used to pass on the small shampoos, soaps, etc. from our trips, but we don't travel any longer. I receive many many requests through the mail from various charities.  I donate to many of them, but can't donate to all.  Some of the ones I donate to are:  cystic fibrosis, The Christophers, Easter seals, USO, Boys Town, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Paralyzed Veterans of America, United Spinal Assoc.,ASPCA, a whole lot of missions, and more. (Needless to say, I can't do all of them at one time, but I space them out.) We were very active helping various groups in our Church, but don't do that much any longer because of my husband's MS.  He can't do anything and my time is limited.  I can do phone calls, paper work, etc. at home I've donated school supplies, yarn, books, and many other things that we are not using and are in good shape. Always thinking about what I can do to help others.
Posted by Marie F

Re: Charities

posted at 3/1/2011 4:32 PM EST
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 Hi GALE; so sorry for your loss  (of ltitle Rocky).
I know ( from first hand experience) how dificult it can be to make such a painfull decision for the good of a beloved pet.It is  a demonstration of that love,  to relieve their pain at the cost of losing their companionship
. Cry
In Response to Re: Charities:
I just had my little dog Rocky put down and we took him to our local Animal Protective League.This is where he was adopted.I felt this was a better choice than even our vet.The money we spent will be used for other animals in need.I will adopt another puppy from there as soon as the weather breaks and we can go down and look.I would like to say if you are looking for an addition to your family why not a second hand puppy or kitty,they are sitting and waiting for you to come down and take them home.I saw a poster on the wall down there and it brought tears to my eyes ,it read"Adopt a dog and change two lives forever" isn't that the truth.
Posted by gale g

Re: Charities

posted at 3/1/2011 4:53 PM EST
Posts: 188
First: 9/9/2008
Last: 4/9/2014
I donate, walk & gift wrap for Breast Cancer - - I'm an 11 year survivor.  Yearly, it's usually American Cancer Society for breast cancer in October, Juvenile Diabetes in September, American Heart Association in February, Big Brothers Big Sisters in October, St Jude in June, Jerry Lewis Telethon in September, Alzheimers Association in September, ASPCA in March, Girl Scout cookies in April, Boy Scouts food drive in November, Post office food drive in August.  Of course I donate money & time to my church.  I also donate to the local police & firemen.  Last year I gave to the Michael J Fox Foundation after reading his book.  Goodwill gets our household items/clothes.  My husband donates blood & platelets every three months.  His two sons donate blood twice a year.  My husband swears all of our money goes in a check to some organization other than our household.  If people want to walk, run, bowl, choose a cause & if I have it, they get it.

Re: Charities

posted at 3/1/2011 6:10 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Charities:
I just had my little dog Rocky put down and we took him to our local Animal Protective League.This is where he was adopted.I felt this was a better choice than even our vet.The money we spent will be used for other animals in need.I will adopt another puppy from there as soon as the weather breaks and we can go down and look.I would like to say if you are looking for an addition to your family why not a second hand puppy or kitty,they are sitting and waiting for you to come down and take them home.I saw a poster on the wall down there and it brought tears to my eyes ,it read"Adopt a dog and change two lives forever" isn't that the truth.
Posted by gale g


OH Gail I'm so sorry for your loss of Rocky.  I'm sure he will be waiting for you at the "Rainbow Bridge"  I used to work at out Local Humane Society and on my day off I would manage their resale shop to help get the little fur babies adopted.  I even did out reach in the schools where I would take a pup and teach the children the children the responsibilities of owning and caring for a dog or cat.

Re: Charities

posted at 3/1/2011 6:16 PM EST
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I just started a Prayer Shawl Ministry at out church and donate a lot in our Church.  I donate to our local Animal shelter.  I assist our Alderman with being the hospitality chairman.  I currently manage the campaign office for our city clerk for her election bid.  When I go in for my infusions I always make it a point to talk to everyone getting their Chemo. 

Re: Charities

posted at 3/1/2011 6:33 PM EST
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  Hi GALE ; so sorry for your loss  (of ltitle Rocky). I know ( from first hand experience) how dificult it can be to make such a painfull decision for the good of a beloved pet.It is  a demonstration of that love,  to relieve their pain at the cost of losing their companionship . In Response to Re: Charities :
Posted by Ann N


Hi Ann,I know that I lost a true friend.I will find another sweet dog out there and give her or him all the love that they can stand.I do have lover boy Romeo here to help me through my loss.This one is a character,as my vet says this one is full of it.He is just happy to play and entertain us.
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