It's not just about the beggars on the street... it's you neighbors, your grandparents, your childrens' friends. Please take a moment to watch, learn, and Take An Extra Bag to share a meal with some deserving, hardworking folks. http://projectsunlight.us/shareameal.
This woman and the folks working with her are beyond inspiring. Do you have a passionate idea to help others that you've been too shy or intimidated to put into play? Do you know someone who mentioned an idea that you thought was fantastic but THEY might need some support to get it into action? Join forces to BE THE DIFFERENCE! What if no one else does? Get your skates on, Take An Extra Bag, and get rolling!!! You may be the one piece missing from the puzzle. http://www.empowermentplan.org/
Did anyone else do Trick or Treat for Unicef when they were kids? I remember insisting on wearing a ballerina costume while my brother and I went door to door on our block back in Michigan. What if you organized a Trick or Treat for the food pantry in your apartment building, school community, or neighborhood? You could maybe send out an email blast asking folks to participate and allowing them time to prepare and then walk with the neighborhood kids to collect donations! Including them in the process would allow them to learn about hardships of others, compassion, and community service and responsibility. Take An Extra Bag and Trick or Treat for a good cause!
Want to help a soldier throughout their entire deployment? Consider joining forces with Adopt A US Soldier! You can literally make donations that will directly impact a single solder (or more if you so choose) that will fill appropriate care packages, gifts, and more. You don't have to shop or ship and can simply donate through their secure PayPal link. Partner up and befriend a US soldier throughout their deployment. What an amazing experience that could be for a classroom, girl or boy scout troop, church sunday school group, and more! http://www.adoptaussoldier.org/index.php/site/adopt
Here's another great group to support our men and women in uniform. Gather your neighbors together and ask them to donate one item as they come to your home Trick Or Treating! Having a Halloween party? Ask folks to bring at least one item per person to donate! It's just too easy! http://soldiersangels.org/teams-programs.html Take An Extra Bag to donate to those protecting and serving in ways most of us can never ever imagine.
Speaking of our troops... Operation Care Package is working hard to send love and support to our men and women in uniform overseas. There are several opportunities to get involved including sending supplies, buying holiday wreaths, shopping on AmazonSmile, and more. Take a look at the various ways that you and a groups of loving folks could get involved by supporting our troops. Take An Extra Bag and join up to support our troops! http://www.operationcarepackages.org/SupplyList.html
Halloween Candy!!!!!!! We're loading up, we're imagining what our neighborhood kids might like... or NOT like. A personal request from a friend of mine who volunteers at a homeless shelter/day room for the homeless: Please please please DON'T take your left over Halloween candy to your local shelters. Those folks struggle to manage basic nutrition without the influence of loads of candy. In addition, many are trying to manage diabetes and other health issues without appropriate access or understanding of healthcare. One suggestion was to arrange with friends, neighbors, church groups, or coworkers to ship them to our men and women in uniform overseas. They would LOVE to have a taste from home that might remind them of their childhood! Maybe you could make gingerbread houses for the holidays by using the candy and then donate them as decorations versus treats! Keep up the great work!
Kari Stiles, RN, BSN, WCCN, CRRN. Philadelphia Metro Area, Pennsylvania.