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Merry Christmas!


 photo Christmas_zps4e609398.jpg                  Hoping you and your family will have a very Merry Christmas and the most blessed of New Years!  

Don 't forget to get your year-end donations in to your favorite charities before December 31st.




News Roundup for Operation Blessing

September Charity of the Month: Operation Blessing


           

 

      

             Operation Blessing is


                      Operation Blessing International Relief and Development Corporation (OBI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, humanitarian organization headquartered in the United States. One of the largest charities in America, Operation Blessing provides strategic relief in 23 countries around the world on a daily basis. Through core programs of disaster relief, medical aid, hunger relief, vulnerable children and orphan care, clean water and community development, OBI is dedicated to demonstrating God’s love by alleviating human need and suffering in the United States and around the world




                    One Easy Way to Help     

 

 

                       The PackH20 program gives water backpacks to those without nearby wells. Each pack costs about 10 dollars plus any additional donations to Operation Blessing.





 

Possible New Feature:Charity of the Month

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      What do you think of me featuring a charity of the Month and providing a donate button? Which charity would you like to see for the first one in August(look at the hall of fame links if you want some hints)? Its all up to you, please comment below, on twitter @Appls4aCause  or on Facebook.
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Let's Retire The Word- "Retard "

        
                     
  1.      "Retard" and other derogatory terms that refer to children and adults with disabilities should be banned or retired from our vocabulary. People who have disabilities are no different from the rest of us,  they just have a few different challenges .

 2.

 
 For more info, check out r-word.org



    3.       Some terms to replace the r word and similar terms via the National Inclusion Project
                    People First Language



 



   

Making Summer Better for You Your Family and the World


Summer
"Summer" by Kevin Dooley



    

                    Imagine it's the end of June and you have a family.  Your kids have already told you, "I'm bored" 50 to 100 times. You want to give back and volunteer, but home and work  just cut into your time and money.  So, what are your options? Here are a few, from the simple to complex in random order(some may have to be in planning stages this summer in order to do them the next year)     










by 

USFWS Mountain-Prairie






        This option is not for you if you have young children or don't have a lot of vacation time. A few links to check out if you are interested;  









                   








2. Volunteer locally 









Join and search  VolunteerMatch to find opportunities sorted by distance and/or interest.





3. Host an exchange student 
World travel and communications recorded on Twitter
photo by Eric Fischer
                                        



   This requires a commitment of 10 to 12 months, but it can be very worthwhile for you, your family, as well as the student. My family hosted a student from Germany and one from the Netherlands  via Face The World over 5 years ago.  To learn more, look at these links;

























4. Take on 1 charity project and do it with your relatives , church or neighborhood
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By Sannita [CC-BY-SA-3.0 


(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or 
GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)],
 via Wikimedia Commons 





              A lemonade stand for children with cancer, a canned food drive(food banks typically get more donors around Winter), a carnival or any of these cool ideas: Summer Charity Projects for Kids - ABC News




















 5. Use a search provider that gives to a favorite cause





              by wikipedia


                    
                      You use the web to search for fun or work, why not 
make each search add up to some good by using Dailygood by Goodsearch or iGive.com to raise funds for a favorite charity?





6. Donate a fan






            Donate a new or  gently used fan to the Salvation Army.
Summer Comments Pictures







        So what do you think of these? Want to try one or more of these or do you have any better ideas? Please let me know in the comments below or @Appls4aCause and use the hashtag #bettersummer.  



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Shop Amazon - Soak Up Summer
















Want to check out some summer fashions;

Summer Casual















































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