Saturday, February 18, 2017
Recycle. You GO girl! An amazing story of love and caring. Since our meteorologists CLEARLY don't know math or thermodynamics, instead of the predicted 3 - 6 inches of snow we got 7.5, plus snow drifts (wind - happens in the mountains). Gerry popped down this morning and cleared the snow off our cars and around the side of his car to make it possible to get to them. 5 minutes ago, he called me over to look down from the balcony (we both parked at the bottom of the driveway). He pointed and said, "I didn't do this. I have no idea who did this." Somebody cleared all of the snow around both our cars and created a clear area for both of us to back out onto the road comfortably. Whoever you are, mysterious stranger, we love you. Thank you! The next time someone tells you there's something you can't do because you don't look right, don't think right, don't talk right? Kick them in the nuts and do what you love! This is from today's issue of my employer's newsletter ======================= Sew Far, Sew Good Longtine Blue Ridge volunteer Ginnie Wearn uses her hands - and heart - to make a difference for patients in Spruce Pine. Cut, sew, wash, stuff, and sew. Repeat. Ginnie Wearn has perfected that process over the past nine years she has volunteered at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine. "I make pillows for patients that are undergoing chemotherapy treatments," said Wearn. "The pillows help support their necks and arms, making their time at the hospital just a little more comfortable." Wearn, originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and now a resident of Spruce Pine, began volunteering after she felt compelled to do something useful with her time. "I love helping others," said Wearn. "Not to mention it keeps me busy, I am not the type to sit around and stare at a TV all day long." In total, Wearn estimates she has made over 5,000 pillows for patients at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. "I am constantly at my sewing machine wondering how many more pillows I can make," joked Wearn. "I especially enjoy making pillows themed for Halloween and Christmas." =================== A chemotherapy infusion can last from 30 minutes up to 150 minutes. Of course.... a better answer would be - reform your country so no one EVER goes homeless again. But that takes time. Meanwhile - well done.
doing something effective about extreme poverty. It's encouraging to know that something can be done, given the will. Perhaps the richer nations can learn something from this? On December 7, 2016 at 3:15 pm EST everyone in the Mission Hospital Revenue Cycle Education Department who wasn't teaching gathered around two big tables we filched from the auditorium and got to work - sorting and packing red cloth bags. On Saturday, during one of the annual dinners for the homeless given by one of many local charities, the attendees will walk away with goodie bags filled with basic necessities: t-shirts, socks, gloves, hats, full-size toiletries (shampoo/conditioner, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, deodorant, q-tips, razor), snack baggies, and, yes, books - complete with little plastic magnifiers tucked in as bookmarks. So proud of my teammates. This is how you know these boys were brought up right - in how they treat women.
Friday, December 2, 2016
the right way. - Helping non-humans is great too. - A couple of days ago, I submitted an inquiry to Kiva about offering education-related loans and grants. They wrote back to me, and here is their response. It sounds like they are already working on it, which is awesome. ========================= Thanks so much for your email and your interest in supporting education loans on Kiva. Great news, we do already have a number of education loans fundraising on Kiva, and if you ever aren't seeing them, it's likely just because they're relatively popular on Kiva. But as we continue to grow, one of the areas we're looking to expand our impact in is education, which means that we're continually looking for new partners in this space. Education loans oftentimes can be seasonal in nature, matching times of the year when school fees are due, so please continue to check back for more education loans that you can support here:http://kiva.org/lend#/?sectors%5B%5D=15
Sunday, October 2, 2016
science fiction becomes life. - When I grow up, I want to be just like them. - Being a gentleman is back in fashion. - Give someone a gift of home.
Friday, September 9, 2016
Little libraries and little pantries - we need more of both. Let's plant some shit! Later this afternoon a representative from Hope's Closet, a local thrift store whose proceeds support the domestic violence shelter they also run, is coming by to pick up a donation of items I no longer need including some furniture. One day a week the residences come in and shop for free. I decided to go with them due to the local impact. Next time you have a donation consider the small charity thrift store. Make a small change for you and a big change for others!