In honor of Memorial Day, our next good deed is to help a service member. I am amazed at and thankful for the courage that it takes to be a member of the Armed Forces, especially during times of war. And I am grateful that I can raise my children in a country that is being protected by so many brave people. I feel like nothing I can do will be enough to repay these people.
The tornado that struck Oklahoma earlier this week is a tragic reminder of how much we are at the mercy of Mother Nature. No matter how much we try to protect our children, there are some things that are unavoidable. Like many others, I find myself wondering what I can do to help. Since I am all the way out in Virginia, I can’t offer a helping hand. So I searched the web for other ways that I might be able to make a small difference.
If you haven’t heard about Kickstarter, you need to check it out! Kickstarter is a website created to help fund creative projects. Project creators, ranging from musicians to designers, launch projects such as books, art and music. If you like a project, you can pledge any amount of money to help a creator reach their goal. This is an amazing opportunity to help a business or artist in your community.
My son loves playing in rivers. He will spend an entire day searching for minnows, collecting river rocks and creating boats out of bark. So we were excited when the opportunity came for us to learn more about rivers and to contribute to the protection of a local river. For our next good deed, we participated in a local Riverfest.
I recently became aware of a wonderful website called Craft Hope. The objective of this blog is to collect handmade items to donate to charitable organizations. I love this! Most people (including myself) don’t have the income to make large monetary donations to worthy causes. Craft Hope is a lovely alternative that passes along needed items that are made with love.
We eat out a lot. With two kids, three businesses, and homeschooling, I often run out of time or energy when it comes to dinner. And when I eat out, I almost always have leftovers. The problem with leftovers is the take-out container. Most of them are made out of foam or plastic. It seems like most restaurants carry only one size – extra-large. It drives me crazy to put half a sandwich in a container large enough for a pizza.