Category: Take Action/Serving Your Community

“Ella” chemotherapy Barbies

Talk about Taking Action –  Melissa Bumstead did just that when she petitioned Mattel to produce more of the “Ella” Chemo Barbies.

Melissa’s four year old daughter Grace has has a rare form of leukemia and will receive chemotherapy treatments over the next year and half. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles had only six of the barbies to give out and Grace received one of them. Melissa took action by creating a petition to ask Mattel to make enough “Ella” Barbies for all kids with cancer.

Within 3 months she collected 100,000 signatures! Because of Melissa’s action, Mattel has agreed to make more and distribute the “Ella” Barbie to hospitals through out the country beginning in August.

This is her post from her change.org petition site in May 2014:

Victory – Melissa Grace’s Mom: Mattel called…they will annually make more Ella Barbies! That means that every year hospitals and foundations will receive a fresh supply of dolls, so there will be more Ellas for kids with cancer like Grace!

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Melissa, children around the country will have you to thank for your selfless efforts. Thank you and God bless you for taking action and helping other children!

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The Benefits of Vacation Bible School

We are less then a week away from Vacation Bible School. We attend and volunteer at the VBS through Calvary Chruch located in Santa Ana.

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Calvary Chruch’s VBS is not affiliated with the church that I attend but I love several things about this VBS:

  • It’s FREE 
  • They never turn a child away
  • They help local children without transportation get to and from VBS
  • They are very organized and loving with the children
  • They teach children about giving back

Our VBS starts the day by meeting in the main church, they sing and pray together then head of to their classes where they have a bible based curriculum and then circulate in the campus and do crafts, play games, have a snack and than meet back up in the main church and end their day by singing to the lord and praying together.

They encourage children to give back by contributing through the “Penny Project”.  The kids bring in their “pennies” to fund a project to benefit the work of a missionary family. The kids will learn all about this family and what their pennies will help build or provide. This year they are helping a missionary family that is in the process of opening a new Transition Home in Balti, Moldova for 10 boys. The home will be provide a safe, loving home for boys who are too old for an orphanage but still need protection, school, and job training. The money our children raise through the “penny Project” will help buy comfortable furniture for the home, so it won’t be just a house, but a home. Now, I don’t know about you but I think it’s very impressive that my little girl come’s home understanding what missionary work is and is searching for pennies to help people she’s never meet .

VBS not only helps our children discover and grow closer to Christ, they also make friends and have memories and values to last a lifetime.

As for me, I love that volunteering at VBS works on my heart to witness the body of Christ at work. I volunteer in the craft room, which is non-stop from the moment you walk in. VBS needs a lot of volunteers to make it possible for kids to attend. Everything from donating snacks to helping with parking, helping with sign in’s each day, leading or assisting in a class room, helping in crafts room, kitchen area or music. There are tons of jobs that aren’t even addressed here. Every job is important and helps change the life of a child.

I know, yet another volunteer job and no money. But these volunteer positions that I take on give me more then money ever could. They give me the opportunity to give back to my community, to help someone, to make a difference and to refine my purpose by serving. I hope that my children see that volunteering within your community is needed and how important it is to give back. Volunteering doesn’t take money just your time and effort. Kids need to be taught how to volunteer. You have to be the example.

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. – Joshua 24:15

 

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pictures from last years VBS from OC Register.com

 

 

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Celebrate World Oceans Day

On or around June 8th people around the world celebrate and honor our world’s oceans.  This years theme is“Together we have the power to protect the ocean.”  Join in this weekend with people in communities world wide. This day raises awareness of things that put our oceans in danger like  Ocean acidification, plastics pollution and overfishing.

Hundreds of events are planned to help our oceans by supporting clean energy choices, trash-free coasts and beaches, sustainable seafood, and more.

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Take a selfie for the sea

Take a photo of yourself doing something for the ocean, or making a promise

Help the ocean. We can all do something to protect our ocean! Get out in your community, or make a promise to change something in your life

Take a photo. Show the world how you’re helping your community; with a promise, at your favorite nature spot, or whatever you want!
Share it with the world!Post to Twitter, Facebook, or other social media platform and tag it #WorldOceansDay.

You can make a sign with your promise, or just take a photo of yourself somewhere special! Just mention your promise in the text of your post.

If you’d like help sharing your photo, send an email and we’ll do the rest.

 

Not sure what to promise?

Here’s what other people are doing:

  • I promise to use reusable bags at the grocery store
  • I promise to use a reusable water bottle
  • I promise to not eat meat on Mondays
  • I promise to take shorter showers
  • I promise to take public transportation to school/work once a week
  • I promise to only eat sustainably caught or farmed seafood
  • I promise to shop a thrift store first instead of buying new
  • I promise to unplug my electronic chargers when not using them
  • I promise to turn off all the lights and the heat or A/C when I leave my house
  • I promise to bike instead of drive for at least one errand a week
  • I promise to participate in a litter cleanup
  • I promise to not use toxic pesticides on my garden or lawn

 

The Aquarium of the Pacific will celebrate World Ocean Day with an array of activities ranging from an ocean-themed performance by the Long Beach Chorale in the evening to the Pacific Islander Festival during the day that features special presentations, films, and other educational programming highlighting our blue planet. All of this is in celebration of the largest body of water on the planet, covering 70 percent of Earth and remaining 95 percent unexplored.

Pacific Islander Festival
Festival time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Festival cost: General Admission–$28.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), $14.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age 3 and Aquarium members.

Long Beach Chorale World Ocean Day Concert
Concert time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Concert cost: $30 per adult, $18 for students with ID and children ages 3 to 11. $25 for Aquarium members, $15 for member students and children. Includes Aquarium admission.

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No School = No Food

Summer vacation is just a couple of weeks away for us. I’m planning our schedule and finding events to keep my children busy.

For a lot of parents, the thoughts go so much deeper then that. Some parents are trying to think of ways to keep their children from going hungry during summer break.

In Orange County about 43% of children depend on the free and reduced lunches at school as a majority of their nutrition each day.  So for many children no school = no food.

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How can you help?

Raise awareness and refer people: The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helps low-income children continue to receive meals when school is out. The program provides children healthy meal options for breakfast and lunch in the summer months at Kids Cafes and other sites. Summer site information varies by state and is available when the school year ends. Call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish speakers) to find a free, nutritious summer meal site near you.

http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/raise-awareness

Donate or Fundraise:  Start or join a fundraising page or donate funds.

https://www.crowdrise.com/whyhunger

Volunteer:  Volunteers help with basics like transporting food, setting up or cleaning up a site.

http://www.serve.gov/?q=site-page/endhunger-sfsp

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pictures courtesy of http://www.whyhunger.org/

 

 

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