As we bring April to a close, I want to share one last philanthropy idea that you can use as you work on your spring cleaning. This may just be the very favorite one I’ve shared this month:
Stuffed Animals For Emergencies Only – SAFE
Stuffed Animals For Emergencies (SAFE) is a 14-year-old non-profit organization run completely by volunteers (chapter members). They collect items such as stuffed animals, toys, books and baby blankets to benefit children during emergencies such as illness, accidents, neglect, abuse, homelessness and tornadoes. They also donate the items we receive to other childrens organizations, military organizations, libraries and even nursing homes.
They accept new and gently used items. Tell me you don’t love this idea! What a fantastic, amazing, beautiful way to help another while cleaning out your kids’ playrooms and closets.
I would suggest including your children in this spring cleaning project. What a wonderful way to teach them the importance of helping others, and of cleaning! It’s really a win-win, and lives are enriched far beyond your own.
To donate, check to find a chapter near you. You can also donate directly to the organization instead of through a local chapter if there isn’t one near you.
Thank you to The United States of Autism for sharing this thought: ”
“I don’t think the worst thing that could happen to me is having a child with special needs. I think the worst thing would be to raise a child who is cruel to people with special needs.” ~ Matthew Mickelson Butman
And thank you to my Munchkin for her quote:
“There may not be a cure for autism yet, but LOVE is kind of a cure, and it’s the best kind of cure we can give!” – Munchkin
This week is apparently going to be the week of experimenting (may my family forgive me). 5 of the next 6 dinners will be new recipes I’m trying out. Wish me luck!!
Monday – *Sticken Chicken, mashed potatoes, salad
Tuesday – *Toss it In Pasta Salad, fruit salad
Wednesday – *Pizza Dogs, salad, fruit salad
Thursday – *Hobo Dinner, $0.31 baskin robbins ice cream
Friday – Chicken and Rice Soup, bread twists
Saturday – *Grilled Hawaii Pizza, salad
Feel free to link up your Menu plans for the week, or any individual recipe you plan to make!
Mini Peanut Butter Eggs
Happy Earth Day everyone! Enjoy your freebies.:-)
We’re continuing on with the spring cleaning theme in April, and here is another fantastic organization that you can help when you do some decluttering.
Did you know that every day in North America, thousands of hotels discard millions of pounds of soap and shampoo? (I’ll admit, I was shocked to read that. They throw it away???) Meanwhile, millions, MILLIONS of lives are lost each year due to diarrheal disease and acute respiratory infection, in part because they have no soap.
Enter Clean the World, who has a Hospitality Recycling Partners Program, used to keep that soap and shampoo from being wasted, and get it to people who need it.
Clean the World will also take your toiletries to areas with overwhelming infectious diseases, which can often be put under control through good sanitation.
Are you a couponer? If so, you’ve likely had a lot of opportunities to stock up on free to almost-free soap. Take a look at your inventory and determine how much of it you really won’t need for awhile. You can donate soap and shampoo to this worthy cause, but you can also donate money if you prefer.
To learn more information about the program, ways to help, or even more statistics, head on over to their website.