There’s a church in Kalihi, Oahu by the name of Hawaii Cedar Church that is helping and housing the homeless in their community. The church pastor, Henry Baxter believes everyone should have a second change, which is why he calls the church’s program “A Second Time Around.”
The church feeds them and lets them use the showers and bathrooms. There are some rules though – the residents either have to do chores at the church or have some sort of outside job. To help create jobs for these recent residents, the church is starting a new program where the residents can plant and harvest vegetables on the church’s farming property. They’re hoping that, through this opportunity, the people staying at the church can learn how to farm/other skill sets and make money to support their families. The church is currently caring for 40 individuals/families.
A New York-based nonprofit group is trying to help low-income families around the nation by offering “food stamps” for pets. With 15% of the population on food stamps, I imagine this will be a huge help!
Pet Food Stamps is an organization that seeks to help disadvantaged pet owners across the U.S. who need help caring for their animals. They provide pet food through a partnership with Pet Food Direct and can supply families in the program for up to six months, as well as provide free monthly home delivery of all the necessary food supplies.
The group is not government run, but funded through the generosity of families and companies.
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Two grown men who grew up on the South Side of Chicago are now achieving the goal they had since they were little boys. Older brother Demarre McGill now plays lead flute with the Seattle Symphony and his younger brother Anthony McGill is principle clarinetist for the world-renowned New York Metropolitan Opera.
Really wasn’t easy for them growing up. It required a lot of sacrifice for their family. Just to make sure their gift of music could flourish, their parents Ira (a retired school teacher) and Demarre Sr. (a former firefighter) mortgaged their house 5 times, so the kids could have their lessons and continue the music they loved so much. The brothers have had some really unique experiences , including Anthony having the chance to perform the piece “Air and Simple Gifts” by John Williams during the 2009 inauguration of President Obama.
Even though they’ve achieved their career goals, they’re now going back to where they grew up on a regular basis to help those elementary students have the same opportunities they had so they can help them achieve their lifelong goals.
Six year old, Dylan Siegel, has a friend who’s name is Jonah and he’s been diagnosed with glycogen storage disease type 1B , a rare liver disorder and sadly it doesn’t have a cure. Well, Dylan decided to raise money for research to help Jonah, but Dylan didn’t want to go the typical route – he actually decided that he wanted to write a book!
His 16 page book is called “Chocolate Bar,” and he actually uses the term to mean “cool.” So he says things like “Disneyland is so chocolate bar,” and neat enough, he finishes the book with the phrase “I like to help my friends. That is the biggest chocolate bar.” He’s also selling chocolate bars to help gather more donations. Whole Foods has donated hundreds of chocolate bars towards the fundraising efforts. Word has also gone out about Dylan’s book through a local Barnes & Noble bookstore, and the boys appeared on CBS TV show “The Doctors” last week.
Already in the last couple of months, Dylan has raised $30,000!
Dylan’s goal is $1 million, his father said.
Since the tragic event at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December, there has been an incredible out pouring of love by way of letters and packages for the families and members of that community. From handmade cards to pictures school children have drawn, the town has received an estimated 175,000 pieces of mail.
One of the local residents of Hartford, Yolie Moreno, thought of the idea to respond to as many of those pieces of mail as possible. With that in mind, Newtown has assembled a group of volunteers called the Newtown Volunteer Task Force to handwrite notes. Yolie said, “We want all those that send something to know that their notes and gifts were held, read, touched, photographed, and shared.”