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

Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a sad topic, but needs to be discussed. I am sure you know just as many people as I do who have committed suicide. Suicide is the act of causing one’s own death. Suicide is caused from mental disorders such as, but not limited to: depression, drug abuse, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc. painful events, change, or from stress. Over half of all suicides occur in adult men; ages 25-65, and nearly 30,000 Americans commit suicide each year. Suicide is the 11th most common cause of death in the United States, but the 3rd leading cause of death for ages 15-24, so it is important to know what to look for to prevent suicide.

Signs of Suicidal Individuals

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Talking about being a burden to others.
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Withdrawn or feeling isolated.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.

If you or someone you know shows suicidal symptoms please visit Save, Stop a SuicideSOS , or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) at 1-800-273-8255/TALK. The NSPL is completely confidential

Suicide is an increasing each year. More and more individuals feel hopeless and end their lives. Children are especially increasing in suicidal activity. Bullying plays a huge part in children suicides. Please visit next week when I talk about how you can help end bullying.

To help advocate for suicide prevention you can order books, print brochures, or educate yourself/others further by going to the Save website, by visiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website, or by visiting the NSPL website.   

If you have lost someone to suicide there are many ways for you to cope with the difficult loss. You can visit here to see some of the many ways you can get help or you can join a support group now.

Fight Stalking with Jodi’s Voice

Approximately 3.4 million Americans each year report being stalked by someone. Stalking is a crime that is not taken very seriously- even in law. Stalking can consist of many variations of activities that can be considered non-crime or crime. Some activities that are considered to be stalking are: phone calls, emails, text messages, being physically followed, having personal property violated, etc.

Anyone can be a stalker, and anyone can become a victim of stalking. Stalking can even occur online, can happen to men and woman, any age, so it is important to keep your personal information off of websites like Facebook and Myspace. In 2007, 1 in 4 stalking cases occurred online. It is important to let your family and law enforcement know of the stalking that is occurring. Try not to let too many friends know about the situation because 3 in 4 victims know their stockers personally. Stalkers often times have dated their victim or casually known their victim. In this case the stalkers perceive the relationship to the victim more than it really was. Sometimes though, the stalker is a complete stranger.

There is a difference between ‘playing a joke’, ‘prank calling’, and stalking. Stalking is not a joke and is a crime. Stalking is a serious thing that truly affects the victim. The victims often feel afraid, threatened, isolated, not in control, depressed, often times change their entire lives, and in the worse case possible- deceased .

Many stalking incidents could have been avoided if the victim and others were knowledgeable about what was going on. Awareness and support are key to stop stalking. To help spread awareness Angela Daffron started the Jodi’s Voice Foundation.

Jodi’s Voice Foundation was started because 19 year old, Jodi Sanderholm was killed by her stalker. “Jodi Sanderholm was one of four valedictorians in her graduating class. While in high school, Jodi was a member of the National Honor Society, a Kansas State Scholar, a Kansas Board of Regents Scholar and earned the Outstanding Physics Student of the Year Award presented by David Stinemetze. She was a member of the Ark City High School Dance Team for four years. Two of those four years she was the captain. Jodi was a member/instructor of Ark City Dance and a Universal Dance Association Instructor. After high school, she attended Cowley College where she studied pre-pharmacy. While at Cowley, she was a member of the Cowley Tigerette Danceline”.

Jodi went missing during the day on January 5, 2007, but within hours police had her murderer, rapist, and stalker in custody. “Jodi left her dance practice, called her mother to cancel a planned lunch, and disappeared”. Jodi’s killer was later sentenced to be executed by the State of Kansas. 

 

 

To learn more about Jodi’s Voice please visit the Jodi’s Voice icon on my sidebar, or visit Jodi’s Voice.

Spread the awareness-end stalking.

Bone Marrow Donor

When you woke up this morning what was the first thing that went through your mind? Bills, school, work, maybe.

For the parents of children with leukemia, the first thing they thought of when they woke up this morning was: I hope today is the day we find a donor for our child.  

I know donating bone marrow is the last thing you thought about doing when you woke up, but when you go to bed tonight I hope it is the last thing you think about before shutting your eyes.

The major drawback of patients depending on us to donate is that there are not enough of us willing to keep them all alive.

15,000 people are told they need a bone marrow transplant each year. This is because of a life-threatening disease. One of these diseases is leukemia which kills more children in the US than any other disease. When a patient receives bone marrow their diseased blood-forming cells are replaced with healthy cells.

One foundation where they match patients to donors is DKMS Americas. DKMS Americas has two famous faces to help show how important registering to donate is.Those celebrities are Rihanna and Lamar Odem.

On the DKMS website it states that only three out of ten children are lucky enough to receive a transplant before they pass away. Half of this is due to the condition the child is in, the other half is because we are too selfish to donate our own bone marrow that replenishes within a few weeks.

As many as 3000 people die each year waiting for the bone marrow transplant they never received. Only 6 out of 8 patients receive a transplant that saves their lives.There are 16.5 million registered donors but that is not enough. Everyone is strongly encouraged to become a registered donor. All ethnicities are needed for bone marrow transplants, but minorities and biracial donors are especially needed.

Doctors make sure that the donor has a human leukocyte antigen (HLA) tissue type that is very close to the HLA of the patient. HLA are proteins in our body that our immune system uses to detect which cells belong in our body, and which ones do not.

Because HLA is inherited, the patient’s family is first to get tested for a bone marrow match, but all the patients on the waiting list did not match any of their family members. Only 30% of patients match someone in their family. The other 70% of patients need you.

Here is what you can do and should know about donating.

  1. Go to dkmsamericas.org and look at the terms and conditions.
  2. If you have back problems, or certain illnesses you are not able to donate.
  3. You must be between 18-55 years old to donate.
  4. If you agree to the terms and conditions-register to donate!
  5. About a week after you register, a packet with two long Q-tips to swab your cheeks comes in the mail.
  6. Mail your swabs back to DKMS Americas in the prepaid envelope that came in your packet.
  7. They will keep your swab until your 61st birthday. You also have to allow DKMS to search for you because you may move, get married, etc. from now until your 61st birthday.

Your packet contents will look like these. 
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            Payment is Optional

There is less than 1% chance you will be a match for someone, but if you are there are a few things you should know. Once you find out your tissue cells match a patient, you need to give a blood sample. If the blood sample also matches and you pass the physical (safe for you to donate), you have some major decision making to do.

You have no legal liability to donate and you can change your mind about being a donor any time (even if you have been told you are a match), but it is important to know that once you agree to donate (when they get a hold of you) you can’t really back out. This is because as soon as you agree to donate, the patient starts chemotherapy. At the end of their chemotherapy it is crucial they receive your bone marrow. If you fail to donate bone marrow after the patient has started chemotherapy, you have put a person in life-threatening conditions.

PAIN-  OH COME ON

Everyone has the perception that donating bone marrow really hurts- this is wrong!!!!!
There are two ways doctors can retrieve your bone marrow.

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If marrow cells are collected from the backside of the pelvic bone you may choose not to have anesthesia. The extraction causes a tiny bit of pain, nothing more than getting a tattoo. The thing that makes me personally think I can handle this is the fact that these patients (often times young children) have to go through the same process you do.

Positives about donating

There are three really good things about donating.

1. It is completely free for you. DKMS will pay for the hospital visit, meals, lodging, any traveling you have to do, and a limo ride.  How cool!
2. Your bone marrow completely replenishes within a few weeks.
3. If the child is alive one year later, you and the patient will have the opportunity to meet each other. Again, DKMS will pay for you and the patient you saved to meet. 
          *You do not have to meet the person you gave life to*
4. The best thing about donating is that you become a hero, you truly saved a life, and I don’t think there could be a better feeling than that. Without your donation they would have passed away. Why wouldn’t you want to donate?

After DKMS Americas has processed your HLA tissue type and registered you into the national bone marrow registry, you will get a wallet card.     *You may click on the images to enlarge them*  

                      

If you would like to learn more about DKMS Americas you can contact DKMS at (866) 340-3567, email info@dkmsamericas.org, click on the bone marrow image on my sidebar, go to www.dkmsamericas.org, or visit https://www.dkmsamericas.org/register.

It costs DKMS $65.00 to register a new donor. Please help DKMS register more donors by contributing any amount of money. This contribution is 100% tax deductible for you.

The neat, but sad thing about donating bone marrow is you become the only solution to saving a patient’s life- no medication, no other person, and no machine can save them- just you.

       Please go online, register, donate, and save a life.

Become an Organ Donor

Did you know that if you become an organ donor you can save up to 8 people’s lives?  There are 113,057 people waiting for someone selfless enough to donate their organs. You could decrease this number by 8! Even though an average of 79 people receive their life saving transplants each day, this is not enough. About 18 people die waiting for the transplant they never received.

The most recent data shows that there were about 2.5 million deaths in the U.S.  If each of those deceased would have donated their organs the numbers waiting on the list would have dropped dramatically.

When you sign up to become a donor your organs, eyes, and tissue will be used to keep others alive or their self-esteem high. It is important to know that when you sign up you can choose NOT to donate certain organs (if you want to keep them after your death).

If you have medical conditions– you can still donate. After death medical examiners will make sure your organs are suitable for the person in need. Age is also not a factor. Infants to elderly organ donors are needed.

You can donate some of your organs alive, and other organs you will not be able to donate until after passing. To donate after you have passed away a medical team will make sure you are considered “brain death” before donating your organs/tissues/eyes.

Testing for Brain Death: When the medical team has exhausted all possible lifesaving efforts and the patient is not responding, a physician will perform a series of tests, usually on multiple occasions, to determine if brain death has occurred. This is usually done by a neurosurgeon or neurologist in compliance with accepted medical practice and state law. Patients who are brain dead have no brain activity and cannot breathe on their own. Brain death is not coma. Brain death is death”.

To become a donor you need to register to donate in your state. Click here if you would like to be the reason others are alive. There are currently over 100 million people in the U.S. who are already signed up to donate their organs. Join them in the selfless act now. Minorities are especially needed to donate because most donors are often a match for the same ethnicity as they are.  

Once you sign up to register you should:

  • Show your decision on your driver’s license
  • Tell your family, physician, faith leader, friends, etc. about your decision
  • Include your decision in your advance directives, will, and living will

According to www.organdonor.gov as of May 4, 2009, the percentage of recipients who were still living 5-years after their transplant is noted below for kidney, heart, liver, and lung.

  • Kidney: 69.3%
  • Heart: 74.9%
  • Liver: 73.8%
  • Lung: 54.4%

If you would like to learn more about donating your organs, tissue, and eyes you can click on the “Organ Donation” image on my sidebar, or visit www.organdonor.gov .

While reading this someone has probably been added to the donor list. Someone is added about every 11 minutes. Please make the number of people waiting less, register to donate today.

Sole Hope- A Pair of Shoes Can Change a Life

Ever thought you could make a shoe that would change a life? Now is your chance to show your shoe-makin’ talents!

Sole Hope is a non-profit organization that needs your help. Sole Hope’s mission is to:

offer HOPE to widows, orphans and others within impoverished and forgotten communities around the world by teaching the simple trade of shoemaking which provides jobs and shoes to those in need”.

Sole Hope hires widows and others in Africa to sew shoes. Sole Hope teaches their workers the skills in basic shoe making. These jobs help the widows with monetary problems because they are left without means of survival. These jobs also help prevent jiggers in children. Jiggers (small sand fleas) are parasites that lay eggs in children’s bare feet. These eggs cause sores, infection, and sometimes even amputation. Sole Hope happily gives the closed-toe shoes to children to prevent disease and jiggers. Jiggers are often common in elderly people as well. When a child/elder has jiggers they are unable to walk or work. “Isolation is also a problem and this leads to low self-esteem”.

This video shows a faith group removing jiggers from people in Africa. *Content is graphic*

If you think that video is as horrible as I do, you probably want to know how you can help.   

There are five ways you can get involved:

1)      Make a donation. You can choose to make a selfless onetime donation of $10.00 or a monthly donation. Donating just $10.00 allows for these children to receive a pair of shoes that they desperately need. $10.00 is all it takes to save one of these children.  Donate now. With your donation more children can wear shoes- the more children that wear shoes means more children that can run and play. Something a child should never be restricted on.

2)      Host a shoe cutting party. You can host a party in your home. Sole Hope will send you the materials you will need to host the party. A shoe cutting party is where a group of your friends take the selfless act of cutting out shoe uppers that will be taken to Africa, and sewn by Sole Hope’s shoemakers. If you would like to order a shoe party packet click Here.

3)      Go on a Trip. How awesome is this! You can tag along with Sole Hope to see Zambia or Uganda Africa. If you are interested in this amazing opportunity email Sole Hope at: info@solehope.com.

4)      Intern in Africa or in the USA. Sole Hope’s internships are unpaid, but college credit is available. You may intern in Asheville, NC or in Zambia or Uganda, Africa. If you are interested in an internship of a lifetime visit US internships and Africa Internships.

5)      Purchase. You may purchase shoes, clothing, party packets, or jewelry Here. If you choose to buy a pair of shoes you support the funding for providing jobs to the workers for Sole Hope in Africa and the USA.

Sole Hope gives jobs, shoes, and also educates the people in these impoverished communities about the importance of wearing shoes and keeping their feet healthy. Sole Hope’s shoemakers have a fair wage and are able to make a difference with their 100% handmade shoes. Sole Hope also helps the environment because the shoes are made from 96% recycled parts.

About Sole Hope

There are millions of precious children in Africa right now, becoming infested because of a simple problem. Sole Hope is solving that problem, one pair of shoes at a time.

You can find more information about Sole Hope by clicking the ‘Sole Hope’ image on my sidebar. You can also visit http://www.solehope.com/.

    Go on now, show your awesome talent, cut on the dotted lines and make a shoe!