Category Archives: Community Service
Disclosure: Below is information that was provided to me about the SIMPLEGiving program. I chose to participate on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.
Did you know that 16 million American children live in poverty? Many of these kids don’t have reliable access to the nutritious snacks that help them thrive and succeed both academically and socially.
Think of five children you know. Mine can be two of them, why not.
Of those five children, it’s likely that one of the five is affected by Childhood Hunger (based on a stat that I was given for this post).
Now think about you as an adult. How does it feel when you are hungry? Not so good, right? Likely, you’re able to get yourself something to satisfy that hunger (and if you’re not, head on over to www.pittsburghfoodbank.org to get some assistance – it’s a judge free zone). But that feeling of hunger is not so fun. When I am hungry, I am mean and unstable. I can’t think. I can’t do anything but crave food NOW.
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It’s been a few months since we’ve really seen our neighbors (thank you, winter). Soon, the neighborhood will be bustling with people out on their porches and enjoying the spring weather. (We even had the ice cream truck roll through already!) It’s an exciting time if you have and are a good neighbor, right?
Are you sitting on your couch flipping your eyes between your Twitter feed refreshing your OKC search and your TV tuned to The Weather Channel? (Sorry if you have grand illusions of me out partying on a Friday night, I am an old soul.) The destruction hitting Oklahoma (as well as Missouri and Illinois) tonight just adds to the impact of the tornado in Moore two weeks ago. In an interesting timing silo, I was e-mailed about how Firehouse Subs is bringing aid to Oklahoma.
One of these days, I will be back and regularly sharing stories with you. For now, I am in final countdown mode. In three days, the goal I have been training for will be met. I will have completed the Pittsburgh Half Marathon.
I will be celebrating Genre, thanking my supporters for helping me raise money for Kids With Cancer.
Okay, you guys. I am seriously shaking.
Today, I decided to bite the bullet and register to “Run for a Reason” for the Pittsburgh Marathon’s Half Marathon. My mind and body fought, but after attending an event where the Race Director (Patrice Matamoros) spoke about why people do the marathon, I couldn’t just sit there and say “I wish I had done that, I had it in me.”
We all have some version of crazy in us, trust me.
My crazy is my loyalty. I will be loyal to the end, no matter how evil people can be to me. Case in point, my life in 2006-2008. I moved to South Carolina with my then boyfriend and I thought things would be peachy for the rest of my life.
Today, I am thankful for people (yes, ourselves included) who raise givers. There are so many people in this world who take, take, take and are selfish. I hope that our kids are different.
I’ll admit, the one thing I really look forward to each Thanksgiving is stuffing. We don’t have anything traditional to our family culture, but we sure do love our stuffing. Three years ago, I made 3 additional kinds of stuffing to add to my dad’s traditional loaves (what can I say, I was pregnant!). This year, my mom asked my dad to change it up a bit and turn his loaves into muffins. Stuffin’ muffins? Amazing.