Orange You Glad It’s Summer Gift Idea

Orange You Glad It’s Summer For the last day of school, we gave Reagan’s 3rd grader teacher this fun gift.   You could change this to fit most anything like: Orange You Glad It’s Your Birthday? Orange You Glad It’s Spring/Fall? Orange You Glad I Love You? Orange You Glad We’re Friends? I had so…
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It Was My 17th Anniversary

Last week I received an email recognizing my 17th Anniversary.  I hadn’t even realized it had been 17 years since I made a possibly life-changing decision…………………………….. to be a marrow donor. I remember in February 1996, while working at a health fair as part of my job as a Sexual Assault Counselor I was across…
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A Day of Giving

For the second year in a row, I was chosen by CEPIA and the RANDOM ACTS OF ZHU to hand out toys to a charity.  I again chose MISSION OF HOPE in Cedar Rapids because of the awesome work they do to help out the least, the last and the lost. December 21, 2011 was…
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Christmas Giving Around the World

Several years ago, when Reagan and I were in MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) our group was responsible for an Operation Christmas Child box.  After doing that, I knew I wanted to give boxes as a family.  I even made it one of my 40 Before 40 Challenges and we accomplished it! Operation Christmas Child is…
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My First and Last Time

Several weeks ago I scheduled an appointment to donate blood.  The blood drive was coming to our small town and the last time there were here I found out I was able to donate.  (I received several blood transfusions about 6 1/2 years ago and I wasn’t sure how long you had to wait to…
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Gifts Ideas That Don’t Cost A Penny!

Is a snow storm coming your way and you don’t have anytime left to shop? Are you always looking for the perfect gift for you mom, husband, or best friend? Try these ideas and you don’t have to wait until Christmas to give them out! 1. The Gift of Listening But you must really listen.…
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