Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Break time...

Hey Readers,

I apologize for not posting as much as I was.  I got busy with the holidays and haven't been on my A-game with my posts.  After next week, I will try to get back on track and post!  Thanks for reading!

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 13, 2010

Angel Program

Since it is the Christmas Season, there are so many places to give presents to.  One place that my friend donated gifts to was the Salvation Army through their "Adopt an Angel" program.  Unfortunately, they stopped accepting donations but I was so happy to see her donating.  Check out their site and search for different places in your area of where you can donate gifts for people!  I know our college does a drive every year for children in the area.

Tis' The Season!


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Totes for a cause!

This semester I have been taking a jewelry making class, which I absolutely LOVE.  But, the point of this post is not to talk about how amazing my class is.  It's more about how amazing my professor has been.

She is a woman in her fifties or later I think and she has one of the kindest souls I have ever met.  She tells a lot of her stories through her jewelry and is just one of the nicest people I know.  Today during our final she told a story which made me love her even more...

Roberta, my professor, explained that this weekend she was in Cleveland and saw a woman struggling with several plastic bags in the cold weather.  Her husband and her discussed this situation and decided to help.  The plastic from the grocery bags had broken so Roberta and her husband offered to help. Turns out, the woman was homeless and all of her possessions she owned were in these plastic bags.  She asked the two of them to take her to the woman's shelter, which was several miles away.  Several miles in the cold wind and snow in Ohio is brutal, so Roberta and her husband really helped this woman out.

This also spurred Roberta to think about how precious a sturdy bag can be.  Roberta mentioned that she would like to start purchasing tote bags from Ikea and distribute them to those in need.  The details are a little fuzzy now, but the fact that she took the time to think about how to help speaks volumes.  The bags are inexpensive ($.59 to $.99) however they could make quite the difference in someone's life.

The bags Roberta plans to purchase from Ikea.

Since we were on the topic of homeless people, I felt like I should share this story with all of you.  Hope you are having a great week!

Time: 10 minutes
Cost: Dependent on the amount of bags purchased

~Bag Lady

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Big Mike

I don't know how many of you have seen the movie The Blind Side, but I HIGHLY recommend it.  It's about a family taking in a kid off the streets.  The kid is a large black boy and eventually gets drafted into the NFL, his name is Michael Oher.

This story behind it is amazing.  Every time I watch this movie I think about how I want my own "Big Mike" (as they call him in the movie).  In the movie, Michael comes from a broken home, his mom does crack and he really has no place to live.  After the family takes Michael in, he becomes more social, gets good grades and starts becoming an amazing athlete.  To change one person's life like that would be remarkable.

Now, I'm not saying to put yourself in harm's way and take a homeless person off the streets.  But, when you see a homeless person, think about where they have been and why they have gotten there.  I always try to do that because homelessness is such a huge problem.  They don't ALL do drugs and steal, some are just down on their luck.  At least, that's what I believe.

Cost: $0
Time: Unknown


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Brrr...It's Cold Out There!!

So living in Ohio, you are bound to run into some snow and cold weather.  Thankfully, we have been able to hold off the cold weather and snow until today.  It's December 1st and we got our first snow of the season.  As much as I love watching the white snowflakes coming from the sky, I really hate walking through it because it is so cold!!!

I am fortunate enough to have sweatshirts, hoodies, jackets, coats and many other things to keep me warm, however I am STILL cold.  I could only imagine what it would be like if I were unable to afford a coat or winter gear.

Which brings me to the point of this blog!  An organization called One Warm Coat is determined to provide a coat to any person who is in need of a coat for free.  I actually saw coats today at a store for only $8!  So, if you are looking for some way to help, purchase a coat and donate it to One Warm Coat.  They have several local drop off locations, listed here, so it makes they easy on you!  Or you could start your own drive and donate the coats you collect.  My sister is doing this and I am so proud of her!! :)  
Just think, if you spare 2 trips to Starbucks, you could purchase a coat and keep someone warm!  Keep that in mind this wintery season...

Time: 0 minutes
Cost: $8 or more

-Heart Warmer