5 Unique Charities That Could Use a Donation

Everyone knows about the Red Cross. Everyone can recognize the Salvation Army logo. But what about local charities that don’t have the benefit of a multimillion dollar awareness campaign? What about small, unique charities that are doing something different for their communities? If you’re looking to donate to a one-of-a-kind organization this year, here are just five groups that could use the extra funds.

1. First Book Literacy

When discussing the problem of literacy, many people fail to realize that early readers can’t immediately jump into classics like Moby Dick and Pride and Prejudice. They need simple picture books and children’s books first, and that’s where First Book Literacy can make all the difference. They’ve donated more than 60 million easy-to-read books across the U.S. and Canada.

2. Heifer International

Heifer International tackles poverty head-on by giving struggling families and villages the thing that they need most: livestock. The citizens are given cows, pigs, chickens, goats and even beehives to both feed their families and use things like milk and honey as money-making ventures.

3. Sing for Hope

Sing for Hope places street pianos in New York for everyone to enjoy. At the end of the year, the pianos are permanently donated to schools and community centers so that New Yorkers of all ages, incomes and economic backgrounds can be inspired and transformed by the power of music.

4. Community Voice Mail

Community Voice Mail programs offer a free phone number and voice mail service for the poor and homeless. This enables them to apply for jobs, contact loved ones and receive benefits from government programs without having to rely on payphones or homeless shelter phone lines. It empowers them to live better lives while also fostering independence.

5. Donors Choose Education

This charity allows donors to decide where their money goes. It offers a full list of projects, programs and classroom initatives that need funding, and donors can pick and choose which endeavors they’d like to support. Most donors even receive pictures and thank-you notes from the students after the projects are complete.

These are just a few charities that could use a giving spirit during the upcoming holiday season. If you’re tired of wondering where your money goes every time you donate to a big-name organization, consider a contribution to a smaller and more intimate charity instead.

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Girls on the Run 2016


It’s the time of the year again, where my family and I get to run the 5k fun run for the  “Girls on the Run” event. This was her 3rd year to join the program and she loves it. This year, their girl scout troop leaders decided to create their own team an
volunteered to train them. They were meeting every Tuesday and Sundays like any other after school programs for 1 and half hours each meeting.  Girls on the Run or “Heart and Sole” for 5th graders is designed to allow every girl to recognize he
r inner strength, the curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. The purpose aside from training for the run is to build self confidence, make new friends and love themselves for who they are.

The program is really good for young girls like my daughter and I appreciate all the volunteers that are training the girls without expecting anything in return. I salute their love and devotion. I hope they would continue doing this and build a team again so the girls will get closer and closer to one another.

What I love about Girls on the Run aside from the good moral lessons they we’re learning every meetings, the whole family is getting inspired to run. We seldom run, but when we do, we only do it for special occasions such as this. We are looking forward for the next year’s experience!

Here are some photos taken during  the run…

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Before the Run

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Father and Daughter

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After finishing the 5k

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Things to Consider Before Renting a Cabin

When you’re looking for a great get away, it’s hard to beat renting a cabin. There are plenty of establishments to choose from such as Beavers Bend Cabin Rentals, but no matter which place you choose, there are a few things that you should consider.

Lake or Well Water

A majority of rental cabins aren’t serviced with water by the city. While this is fine, it’s important to know where the cabin gets its water source. You typically want to look for cabins that offer well water because it’s naturally filtered through the earth, whereas lake water is not. This is why lake water usually has traces of grit left behind. Either water source is fine, but if your cabin offers lake water, you should be aware of this so that you know to boil your water before using it.

Road Access

Some cabins are out of the way, which is great because it gives you a chance to get back to nature. However, it can also mean that not all of the cabins are serviced by fully functional roads. In some cases, you may have to use a boat to gain access to your cabin. Find out beforehand so that you can pack and plan accordingly.

Traffic

Aren’t you choosing to go on holiday to avoid traffic? While this may be true, you aren’t the only person who has the idea of getting away for the weekend. It’s not uncommon for traffic to get backed up on Fridays with what new stations call “cottage country traffic.” In most cases, traffic can’t be avoided on main roads. Thanks to GPS and turn-by-turn directions, however, having the heads up about traffic allows you to pick an alternate route. Even if it’s a bit out of the way, you may still end up saving time.

Stores

Last but not least, you need to know what’s around the area. As stated above, some cabins are in the middle of no where to give you the peace and quite that you want. However, this may mean that there are no stores for miles. If this is the case, pack a lot of extra food and water. If something were to happen and you couldn’t get to the store right away, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

By using the tips above, you can rest assured that you’ll have no problems enjoying your cabin rental. These tips are also helpful if you’re staying in a beach, lake or forest cabin. Regardless of the area, cabins are great for both family and couple getaways.

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