Tim Tebow Foundation

Although I am not happy about Tim Tebow leaving the Denver Broncos, I am happy about his efforts in helping others. Tebow started the Tim Tebow Foundation in January 2010. “The Tim Tebow Foundation exists to bring faith, hope, and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.” Their mission is to utilize “the public platform the God has blessed Tim Tebow with to inspire and make a difference in people’s lives throughout the world.”

The Tim Tebow Foundation has many programs in which it helps, the four primary programs they help are:

 

How you can help

  • Donate  any amount
  • Mail Donations to:
    Tim Tebow Foundation
    2220 County Road 210 W
    Suite 108, PMB 317
    Jacksonville, FL 32259
  • Donate just $1.00 to become part of the Tebow CURE Hospital in the Philippines.
  • Receive exclusive membership benefits when you give a $25.00 donation

If you decide to donate $25.00 you will receive:

  • An official Team  Tebow T-shirt
  • An official Team Tebow membership car decal
  • Quarterly Team Tebow newsletters
  • The first opportunity to volunteer at Tim Tebow Foundation Events

 

  You can find CURE at:

You can find the Tim Tebow Foundation at:

 

The Salvation Army

Last week I donated four bags of miscellaneous items to the Salvation Army. It was so nice knowing that my donated goods were going to help the community.

 Here is the video of me donating to the Salvation Army.


The Salvation Army is a great non-profit. “The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”

How to Donate:

  • You can donate  online
  • Donate at the store (like I did).
  • Schedule a pick up at 1-800-SA-TRUCK

The Salvation Army has many programs, such as the Christmas donations (which I’m sure you have seen outside of Wal-Mart) and a rehab program for drug and alcohol users. I think this is a great program because they extend a helping hand to help others, not only with providing goods, but also helping them get through a successful rehab. If you would like to know more about the Salvation Army’s rehab program click here.

You can visit the Salvation Army on

Earth Day

Lucky for the Earth, yesterday was Earth Day. Unlucky for me, I was stuck in a car for 8 ½ hours so I was unable to do any Earth Day activities. I am surprised at the amount of people that do take part in Earth Day activities though.Last Thursday my school was giving away different types of trees and each and every one of them was taken. I think it is such a great day for our world, maybe there should be Earth Day’s each quarter throughout the year, and then bi-weekly, then eventually every day thousands or millions of people could participate in making our Earth greener, healthier, and better to live on.

I have to admit, besides going on an Earth Day field-trip where we picked up trash, I have never participated in Earth Day activities. Next year I will make sure to help the Earth out!

Activities I will hope to do next Earth day are:

  • Plant a tree
  • Pick up trash around my community
  • Not drive
  • Keep the lights off all day
  • Don’t use water all day

There are many ways we can both start to be a “greener” person. I do not recycle and I think it may be time to start. Ways we can help the Earth all year long are:

  • Purchase items with less packaging
  • Buy recycled items
  • Buy items that are able to be recycled
  • Keep the lights and water off whenever possible
  • Walk, run, or bike more often- drive less
  • Use hybrid light bulbs
  • Buy only chemical free cleaners

I always seem to get caught up in life, doing things, going places, that I forget to stop and help the Earth by doing something as simple as picking up a piece of litter. Earth Day was a nice reminder that we all could do a little more reducing, reusing, and recycling.

Did you do anything to help the Earth yesterday?

Mental Health America

If you water the plants for your elderly neighbor, of course it’s good for them, but did you know that it’s likely good for you too?

“Research indicates that those who consistently help other people experience less depression, greater calm, fewer pains and better health. They may even live longer. Helping others has actually been shown to reduce stress and help you.” I like that I found this website because it goes right along with the title of my blog “Help Yourself by Helping Others”.

According to Live Your Life Well, Students who performed five acts of kindness a day increased their happiness. Providing emotional support to others significantly decreased the harmful health effects of certain kinds of stress among older people. People who donated money to charity got a boost in a feel-good part of the brain, as revealed in brain imaging research.

Live Your Life Well from Mental Health America is “dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives.”  They advocate, educate, and serve the community to ensure that each member of the community has a healthy life.

Click here if you would like to try the 3 minute screening of your mood today.

The 10 tips Mental Health America gives to feel stronger and more hopeful are:

  1. Connect with others
  2. Stay positive
  3. Get physically active
  4. Help others
  5. Get enough sleep
  6. Create joy and satisfaction
  7. Eat well
  8. Take care of your spirit
  9. Deal better with hard times
  10. Get professional help if you need it

 To help support Mental Health America you can:

  • Donate to Mental Health America
  • Join the Mental Health America Movement for just $5.00 a month
  •  Visit their website

Helping Animals

Thousands of animals are injured, abused, abandoned, and deprived of shelter, food, and love each year. The humane society  of the United States is “nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization—backed by 11 million Americans, or one in every 28. We work to reduce suffering and to create meaningful social change for animals by advocating for sensible public policies, investigating cruelty and working to enforce existing laws, educating the public about animal issues, joining with corporations on behalf of animal-friendly policies, and conducting hands-on programs that make ours a more humane world.”

If you need to contact your local animal care or control agency you can visit Pets911 or Petfinder.

If you need to report a case of animal cruelty, neglect, or abuse please find out which agency you need to get ahold of here.

To adopt a pet you can visit Adopt a Pet  find a shelter near you or visit the Humane Society.

There are many options to  help these helpless animals. You can donate, adopt a pet , or volunteer your time.

This is a video explaining that dog fighting is wrong.

Here is a current investigation on the Kreider Farm.
 

To find out more information please click on the Humane Society link on my sidebar.

String-Ring The Kindness Reminder

Do you ever need a little reminder to be kind? To love? To help? Tina Mansfield has designed the perfect reminder. Mansfield has designed the String-Ring. The String-Ring is an inspirational ring reminding people to be kind using the old custom of tying a string around your finger. It is basically exactly what it sounds like; a ring that has a colored string wrapped around it. They are very stylish and remind you and others who see it to be kind.

The String-Ring comes in sizes 4, 6, 8, and 10. The ring is able to size one size up or down for the perfect fit. Each ring is made from .925 Sterling Silver and is packaged with 20 colored strings, 2 stickers for awareness, a polishing cloth, and a jute bag. To see the colors you will get and the meaning for each color click here. I like that there are so many colors to choose from and styles of tying the string.  You can have a new ring every day!  

If you would like to purchase a string ring for $38.95 click here.

“The String-Ring can be worn on any finger. But, according to the ancient belief, it is the index finger of the left hand that is said to most influence memory.”

You can find String-Ring on Twitter or the String-Ring website. String Ring also has a great blog.

Remember to be kind to one another. Communicate a positive message and play a small part in making our world just a little bit kinder.

Stop Hunger

More than 49 million Americans are hungry right now. 1 in 4 children and 1 in 6 people need your help to fill their hungry tummys. Anyone can become hungry, these are not necessarly people living on the street. Millions of people miss a few meals a day because they are struggling to make ends meet. Many of these individuals are hardworking American’s.

Wal-Mart is doing their part in helping by putting on a contest through facebook and giving a portion of profit from select products to hunger programs. Wal-Mart has selected 200 communities to be in the contest. They are giving $1 million to the first place winner and $50,000 to the top 20 communities. You can vote for Reno once every 24 hours. You can check the contest out here.
The recipients will receive a portion of:

  • More than 1.1 billion pounds of food from Walmart stores, distribution centers and Sam’s Club locations, valued at $1.75 billion;
  • Grants totaling $250 million to support hunger relieforganizations at the national, state and local levels;
  • Mobilizing Walmart associates and customers. For example, Walmart’s logistics team will lend their expertise to help food banks become more efficient in their operations; and
  • Collaboration with government, food manufacturers and other corporations that are fighting hunger to increase impact and reach a greater number of families in need.

There are many ways you can help the hungry in America. Just donating $1 to Feeding America supplies American’s with eight meals.

If you are an American that is hungry and needs help click here.
You can find your local food bank here. You can donate or sign up to be a recipient.  

 

To find out more information you can visit Feeding America, or Feeding America’s blog.