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Come Out and Help With Community Service Day

Monday, June 14th, 2010

This Friday, June 18 is going to be a wonderful day, and it will be even better with YOUR help! It is the 27th annual Windermere Community Service Day Fair, and there are SO many chances to do a whole lot of good for humankind. So come on over to The Church at Rancho Bernardo from 10:00-4:00 Friday, 11740 Bernardo Plaza Court, and help us to help others!

This year we will be supporting 12 different charities. From feeding the needy and those in Haiti to helping children and supporting Rady Children’s Hospital, to blood donations with the Red Cross, recycling, Community Service Centers, the Helen Woodward Center for animals, and much more.

There are several ways you can get involved. First, come to the fair! You can help bag meals, drop off food donations and electronic recyclables, give blood. Plus, there will be live entertainment and fun for the kids, delicious baked goods and more. Second, clean out your pantry and fill a paper bag with food donations, scour your garage for old electronics you no longer need, gather new or gently used childrens’ pyjamas, purchase crayons and coloring books…then bring your donations to the Fair. If you cannot do so please contact me and I will arrange a pickup prior to the event.

This is what it’s all about, folks: helping others. Get the whole family involved and do something that will make you feel great. To sign up to volunteer, or for more information on the event please visit http://communityservicedayfair.wordpress.com/. Make a difference! I hope to see you there.

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Great Ways for San Diegans to Help Haiti Earthquake Victims

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

The impact of last week’s earthquake in Haiti will be felt for years to come. Not only is it terribly sad to see all the images on television and read about the struggles that the residents of Haiti are now facing, but as with many disasters it makes people want to reach out to help.

Here are some great ways you can help make a big difference:

1. Hand Me Downs for Haiti: Bring all your gently used clothes and shoes to either the House of Blues in San Diego or the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. This collection effort is run by Good Friends United. House of Blues is accepting donations through Sunday night, and the Belly Up is taking them through Tuesday, February 19.

2. Soles for Souls Shoe Drive: Sport Chalet is also accepting gently used shoes for men, women and children. You can call your local store or visit their website for more information. http://www.sportchalet.com/.

3. Text Donations: Many people have already done so, but it doesn’t hurt to pass this one along again…please tell your friends. You can text $10 or $5 donations to help Haiti. Either text “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 (through the Red Cross), or text “Yele” to 501501 to donate $5 (you can do this up to six times). These are both legitimate sites and have been endorsed by CNN.

4. Help the orphan children of Haiti: I was especially touched to see the reports on the orphan children whose orphanage was destroyed. They have nowhere to go and although many of them were in the process of being adopted from familes outside of Haiti, the paperwork was destroyed in the earthquake. Many government workers familiar with these cases were killed as well. I am looking into ways to help get those children out of Haiti, but for now PLEASE help by calling or writing Congress people, Senators, County adoption agencies, the UN. If anyone finds out information on where we can call or write to expedite this effort please post a comment. Please also post comments on any other ways we can help locally. Thank you.

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