Tag Archive | be a hero

This is about a little dog named Harley, he’s a puppy mill survivor.

Please watch and share.  Puppy mills are horrible places.  There are about 10,000 puppy mills in the United States.  Harley is on a mission to end puppy mills. We have two rescues that are Chihuahua mixes. They are the sweetest dogs I have ever had.  Please spread the word about puppy mills.  Adopt, don’t shop.

Thank you.

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For those whose travel frequently- please read.

Hey WordPress friends, for those of you who travel frequently, I have a request.

You know the toiletries that your hotel provides? Why not save and donate them to a battered women’s shelter. I asked the front desk at our hotel in Baltimore and they gave me five sets of all of the bathroom goodies they provide.

It would mean a great deal to a frightened woman and her children fleeing for their lives, usually with only the clothes on their backs to get some basic toiletries to call their own. I also will be donating http://www.Ipsy.com cosmetic bags, as that is a requested item.Shampoo 8-31-15

Reach out to your local shelter, they have wish lists on their websites as to what they need. I had some toiletries from our last vacation, so I have a nice bag full to donate today.

Thank you and Happy Monday.

Making a difference this Mother’s Day with Ipsy and Ulta

I had a lovely Mother’s day this year.  My husband took me out to dinner and gave me some great gifts. While I am most fortunate to have a wonderful husband and son, many moms are not.  We have a women’s shelter in the town I live in, and I knew I wanted to do something for them for Mother’s day.  I went on their website and looked at a wish list.  Lo and behold one of the wish list items is cosmetic bags.  I’m an Ipsy subscriber and have a ton of cosmetic bags, as I get a new one every month.  I didn’t have a huge inventory of them because I just sent a bunch to my teenage niece.

My husband gave me an Ulta gift card for Mother’s Day.  Well Ulta is my favorite store, and I needed some moisturizer, so off I went today.  I spoke with the manager and asked if they had any make up bags they could donate.  She said unfortunately that they only donate at the corporate level, but she did give me some perfume samples for the moms.  We got to talking and she said she has a ton of cosmetic bags herself and would gladly donate them to the shelter.  I gave her the wish list and she said she was going to ask her staff if they had any items to donate. She said just working at Ulta the salespeople get a ton of stuff. This is one of the reasonsMother's Day flowers 5-10-15 I love Ulta so much.  I used my gift card to buy some bath gel for all twelve of the ladies currently at the shelter.

I made a stop at Dollar Tree and bought 12 picture frames also.  Each cosmetic bag was different and had bath gel, a perfume sample and a small picture frame.  I also bought four dozen cookies from the bakery and some fruit punch so they could have a little party. I wrote a note of encouragement and wished them all well. I know it may sound like I’m bragging, but I only wanted to get this message out to anyone who likes to help others.  These are the lovely flowers my husband got for me at the farmer’s market.

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The Ultimate Gift-Organ Donation

Do you have the organ donor box checked off on your driver’s license?  According to organdonor.gov in 2013, 28,953 people received organ transplants. As I write this article there are currently 123,495 on the donor list in the United States.  Each day 79 people receive organ transplants, while sadly 18 people die every day waiting for transplants.

This topic is important to me as I approach the twelfth anniversary of my dear sister in-law’s death.  Joanne was killed by a drunk driver on December 29, 2002 on her way to work as a nurse.  She left behind two small children, along with my brother.  The person who killed her spent less than four years in prison.

Her death left a gaping hole in everyone’s hearts who knew her. She was loved and respected by many.  Joanne was an organ donor.  Her death benefited over 200 people, which I didn’t even know was possible until after she died.

Here are some facts from the organdonor.gov’s website regarding organ donation:

These facts may help you better understand organ, eye, and tissue donation:

Fact: Anyone, regardless of age or medical history, can sign up to be a donor. The transplant team will determine at an individual’s time of death whether donation is possible.

Fact: Most major religions in the United States support organ donation and consider donation as the final act of love and generosity toward others.

Fact: If you are sick or injured and admitted to a hospital, the number one priority is to save your life.

Fact: When matching donor organs to recipients, the computerized matching system considers issues such as the severity of illness, blood type, time spent waiting, other important medical information, and geographic location. The recipient’s financial or celebrity status or race does not figure in.

Fact: An open casket funeral is usually possible for organ, eye, and tissue donors. Through the entire donation process, the body is treated with care, respect, and dignity.

Fact: There is no cost to donors or their families for organ or tissue donation.

Fact: Every state provides access to a donor registry where its residents can indicate their donation decision.

Fact: Federal law prohibits buying and selling organs in the U.S. Violators are punishable by prison sentences and fines.

Fact: People can recover from comas, but not brain death. Coma and brain death are not the same. Brain death is final.

I had signed up to be an organ donor years before Joanne died, but I encourage everyone to sign up when they renew their driver’s license.

In 2010, (the most recent data) there were almost 2.5 million deaths in the U.S.  Imagine if every one of those persons had donated.

Be a hero and sign up to be an organ donor today at http://www.organdonor.gov/becomingdonor/index.htmlOrgan Donation photo