FOR A GOOD CLAUS
Avon, Indiana couple, Ken and Lisa Peplow, recently hosted a Santa and Mrs. Claus Food Drive Walk for the children in their neighborhood.
A few years ago the Peplows bought the costumes as a fun way to visit their four small grandchildren and afterwards they decided to further utilize them for charitable events.
The couple posted in their Facebook Subdivision Group encouraging families to take a walk past their home from 6-6:30 pm Friday evening to receive a big wave from Santa himself! They also offered the opportunity to donate non-perishable food items for the Project Angel of Avon Food Pantry.
The event resulted in a nice large box full of donations. After the recommended 6’ social distancing announcement they chose to continue their efforts by inviting the children of the Woodcreek Crossing subdivision to write a letter to Santa with one question, take a picture, and email it to Santa’s super secret email, and then Santa personally replied. With this they also continue to offer the opportunity to donate to the basket on the Peplow’s porch.
Mrs. Claus/Lisa Peplow stated “We hope this inspires others to think outside the box regarding what they can offer in their community. Simply placing a donation box on your front porch and letting others know it is there is one way of taking simple action that can assist in creating valuable solutions.”
To contact Lisa, you can do so on her facebook page at www.facebook.com/MsLisaHardwick
GO out and BE the change you wish to see in the world. I can't wait to start this here and see where it takes us. Share your photos with us by #4@GoodClaus on Facebook.
I want to thank Lisa for allowing me to be the FIRST to share this exciting movement with all of you.
Monday December 17 was an important day for me. This was the day that I officially became a Gems for Gems Ambassador. Ever since I was a little girl, I loved being of service. This charity is close to my heart as it helps empower survivors of domestic violence. Three of their campaigns are their jewelry drive, the zero to hero events and the scholarship program. In the photo you will see me with a bag of 30 items of jewelry that Jordan and the charity gifted to the Fernie, BC Women's Emergency Shelter. I couriered the box Monday and they received it yesterday for their party thursday. To be able to be of service brings me great joy. I look forward to helping this charity in many different ways in 2019. If you have any gently used jewelry you no longer love, I will gladly receive it to pass on. Thank you!!!
In the angel world we say, WHEN YOU GET NERVOUS FOCUS on SERVICE. What this means is that as spirit embodied, our soul desires only to joyfully serve others. Use your natural talents, passions, and interests to help others or some cause. It feels good and opens your abundance. The more you give, the more you receive!!
If you are interested in becoming a Gem with me, check out the website at www.gemsforgems.ca.
Much love and in service,
On Sunday November 25,2018, KindnessCrewCalgarySociety LTD. gathered to assemble and stuff blessing bags that went into the backpacks of hope. We had it on our hearts to donate 50 and we surpassed that goal with having sent out 68 backpacks of hope. Thank you to everyone who donated and helped in any way. If you want to help us please contact me at email@example.com. Kindness doesn't cost a thing. So go out today and be kind and let that kindness start with you. Be kind to you. You as well as everyone else deserve your love.
The 68 backpacks went to the Mustard Seed and the rest of the items went to the Calgary Drop In. Thank you all again!!! Merry Christmas.
My son surprised us by calling the CTV news desk and a cameraman came and filmed us. You can find the piece here:l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fcalgary.ctvnews.ca%2Fvideo%3FclipId%3D1540626%26binId%3D1.1201958%26playlistPageNum%3D1%26fbclid%3DIwAR3b3qEPEO8QF7ub1_Rzmy1-HefAlTJPU5HvD0AteGswlhR1rowJcPUHSO4&h=AT0ovhDb-491a2rY5XZ2f5HiUmqIgd2vBta9Oe7052NclufdrFZIMPWt7zNPHb8S7LEtnnIA5DqedHx9QEs6xWPezp2DXwO9Co_teZ2t3Ad7EBp4_vjuUZCREIJg3r0evJ-W6IebQckNp-wMY5nEQvJQxyPY0mlC-jLzsT1I
Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and over the Internet. Over the month of February, CKNW aims to raise awareness of these issues through various initiatives centered around our
“Pink Shirt Day” campaign.
Today children, parents, and businesses all over Calgary took part in this initiative.
As an overweight adult, having lived through the ridicule of being a fat child, I know the pain associated with bullying. In fact, I am still healing the deep wounds it has caused me. Although, now as a spiritual teacher, I understand the lesson, it doesn't negate my humaneness and the hurt that I have carried with me for my whole life.
I have come to recognize my wounded little girl and all the feelings of inadequacy. I have felt unworthy my whole life because I didn't fit into the box- figuratively and physically. I so wanted to be liked by everyone that I just put up with all the name calling. I gave my power away. I kept quiet.
But all is not lost. Through a walk with cancer I woke up! I learned that self-love is one of the keys to wellness!!! I am loving myself madly, passionately and with courage and empathy for myself. I am being kind to myself. I have the best teachers and I am so grateful to God for sending them my way. And I have the angels and the Goddesses that are helping me. I love being kind. Teach your kids.
Whether it's making someone smile, resisting the urge to say something hurtful, intervening when you see bullying in action, or practicing empathy every day of the year, there's still time left today to speak up and let the world know how you're standing up against bullying. Make a #pinkshirtpromise using the hashtag and $1 will go to bullying prevention programs courtesy of Shaw and Coast Capital Savings! Or, you can donate directly here:pinkshirtday.ca/donate-2/
This is the article from the website www.pinkshirtday.ca
On February 22, 2017 we encourage everyone to practice kindness, and wear a CKNW Orphans’ Fund Official Pink Shirt, button, or pin to symbolize that you do not tolerate bullying. While we wish we could take credit for this idea, Pink Shirt Day has its roots in Nova Scotia, started by two incredible high school students.
Here is a snippet of the Globe & Mail article that inspired CKNW Orphans’ Fund Pink Shirt Day:
“David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied [for wearing a pink shirt]…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new Grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school. ‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’ So Mr. Shepherd and some other headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag. As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled. The bullies were never heard from again.”
Will you join in by wearing pink on February 22, 2017? Have you made an effort to practice kindness and acceptance towards both yourself and others? Do you have a story about being bullied, how you stopped a bully or about how bullying has affected a loved one? Share your experiences here by leaving a comment, or share your story on our Facebook page.
If you’re a student, print off this web page and give to your Principal / Headmaster / etc. so that your school can get involved. Also, drop us an email to let us know who you are, which school you attend, and what you will be doing to show your support for Pink Shirt Day! Use the #PinkShirtDay hashtag in your Instagram and Facebook posts, as well as tweets!Click here to learn how you, your school, business, or organization can begin a fundraising campaign. Also, join our Facebook Page by clicking HERE. Join in the conversation and show your support towards kindness, and against bullying!
Net proceeds from the official Pink Shirt Day t-shirts, pins and buttons, as well as all donations, go to anti-bullying initiatives that directly help youth in need. Find out more about where donations go by clicking here.
If you ever want to help yourself heal with the angels please contact me.
Observed on February 17th, National Random Acts of Kindness Day has grown in popularity each year. It is celebrated by individuals, groups and organizations nationwide to encourage acts of kindness all around the world. Kindness is a gift we gift each-other. It is a gift of love.
It is a favorite day for many, as people everywhere are enjoying doing these acts of kindness. Not only is it positive for the receiver, but for the giver, too!
“I was a recipient of the kindness but more glad to be a contributor!” (Unknown)
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Week. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded upon the powerful belief in kindness and dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness.
In New Zealand, where this day originated, celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Day on September 1st. It is also recognized by some on other days throughout the year; however, doing random acts of kindness is something that can be done every day of the year.
A Few Quotes of Kindness:
Make a note to do nice things throughout the day and use #RandomActsOfKindnessDay to post on social media.
Josh de Jong of New Zealand National Random Acts of Kindness Day.
Some random acts of kindness are: Join us and then come back and comment on what you did. If you want to join our grassroots movement and help the homeless with gifts of toiletries, socks, blankets and lots of love please contact Giuliana at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also going to be a part of the Global Hug day May 6 & 7th join our group at www.facebook.com/events/1785826408407306/
Death. I dislike that word. It feels sad. It is sad. I wish we all saw it as rebirth back to Source. Transition, an ending of the earth journey, an ending of the lessons earth school had in store for us.
Death. It certainly puts all into perspective. Each day I learn a little more. Each day I endeavour to get though with the support of God and everything I have learned to this point.
Death. Death brings us to our knees. it gives us an opportunity to reflect on what we have done right in a relationship and what we could have done better. Today, I learned of the death of a friend whom God put on my heart in 2012. Her name is Brenda Tracey. She had a lung disease and required a lung transplant. For the last 4 years we raised money for her stay in rehab, that would be required post transplant. It was one of the greatest acts of service that I have ever been a part of. My mom wrote a blog and so I will post the link so you can read about it.
I loved this friend. She was a fighter. Last year she almost left us, but she rallied back and was given a little more time. Today God called her home and at 7:30 am she left us to return to love. Now she is free of the confines of the human body. Today she received her gift. It wasn't the one in human form. No! It was a Divine gift. The gift of everlasting life. I will never forget this friend. I will continue to talk to her. I will continue to pray for her and now I will ask her for help every now and again. And I will ask her for a sign. And when she brings it I will share. Until we meet again.... Fly with the angels. Rest with God. I love you.
April 2015 I realized that I wanted to make a change in the world. I wanted people I came into contact with to leave better off than they were before I met them. Through a series of unkind events, I knew that kindness was going to help heal me and help heal others. I was guided by my Divine team (God, angels, guides) to create a non-profit charity. That charity is "KindnessCrewCalgary Society". We are registered by the Alberta government. Members of the board are me, Paulo Melo Sr. Pina Giuliano, Stacey Anderson, and Lynn Kriekle with help from my son Paulo Melo jr and many ambassadors. I love and appreciate the help of these people so much. ( see full listing here www.giulianamelo.com/kindnesscrewcalgary)
Soon after receiving our official incorporation papers from the government, I saw a post on facebook about "blessing bags." I knew that was what we could do that would so help our homeless. So our team put out the call for donations. These were the bags we created!
We created a needs list. Shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, deodorant, lotion, pads, toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, comb, brush, tissues, chapstick, granola bars, slippers, nail care items, breathmints, scarf, mitts, gloves, toques, bras, blankets, towels. We received so much love in an abundance of items. With the help of many kindness ambassadors we assembled our first 60 blessing bags.
When we dropped them off, they were very well received. We felt good. It feels so wonderful to donate. Kindness is a warm hello and a gesture of love. Kindness isn't just something to do once inawhile.. it is a way of life. It is a way of being and not just when someone is watching, but especially when they are not.
Last Christmas we donated over 150 blessing bags and blankets and towels.
This year we donated over 50 blessing bags, 530 pair of socks, and many other items such as bras, feminine hygiene, blankets, towels, and other hygiene items.
I want to thank the team of KindnessCrewCalgary and all the donors. This giving would not happen without each and every one of you. I am eternally grateful and humbled by the support. We are making a difference. Let's make 2017 even better. Keep collecting those hotel toiletries and items. I want to wish all of you so much love and kindness. May you be blessed as you have blessed me and the homeless. May you feel loved and appreciated as I so love and appreciate all of you. If anyone would like to join us on facebook, in the group, this is the link.www.facebook.com/groups/kindnesscalgary/
or if you have connections to supplies and goodies let us know by emailing us at email@example.com. We give from our hearts and what comes in goes out and as such are unable, at this time, to issue tax receipts.
God bless you all and Merry Christmas from my heart to all of yours.
Yesterday Tuesday Oct 27 Paulo and I got the blessing of being able to attend WE day at the Calgary Saddledome.
We Day is a powerful, life-changing event that combines the energy of a live concert with the inspiration of extraordinary stories of leadership and change.
We Day brings together world-renowned speakers and award-winning performers with tens of thousands of young people to celebrate their contributions and kick-start another year of change.
We Day has evolved from a single event nearly eight years ago into a series of 14 stadium-sized events held across Canada, the United States and the UK. This past year, 200,000 students attended We Day and left inspired to create change at local and global levels.
You can’t buy a ticket to We Day. Students earn their event tickets by taking one local and one global action through We Schools, our yearlong educational program that engages and empowers young people to become compassionate leaders and active citizens. Some students collect food for homeless shelters. Others raise money to build classrooms overseas. Every young person makes their own journey to We Day, but together, they discover their power to change the world.
We Schools, our educational program, is a model for youth empowerment that challenges young people to act with intention, and lead with compassion and the conviction that together we can transform lives locally and globally.
We help young people understand the issues and how they can help, and then provide them with the tools to take action and connect them to other like-minded change-makers, creating a global community bound by compassion.
We Schools combines unique curriculum, educational resources and action campaigns; it’s a movement of students and educators who believe that some of the most powerful learning experiences happen when you make a meaningful difference in your communities and for the world.
The We Schools program challenges young people to identify the issues that spark their passion and create the change they want to see. By taking action on one local and one global issue, students develop the leadership skills to succeed academically, in the workplace and as active citizens. In short: ready to be not only the leaders of tomorrow, but also leaders today.
We Scare Hunger is a Halloween food drive to help food banks stock up on everything they need to fight hunger—the worst supervillain ever. Trick-or-treat for non-perishable goods, or use Halloween to kick off a longer school-wide food drive.
Why Take Action Against Hunger?Hunger makes life harder for millions of families across North America. For a hungry kid, one meal can mean the difference between having the energy to succeed in school and failing a test, between staying healthy and getting sick. The food you collect with We Scare Hunger fuels the hopes and dreams of families who rely on food banks every day.
Here’s How You Can Take Action
Paulo and I are Changemakers and we are committed to providing a hand up to the homeless and to those hungry.
Please consider helping us with this initiative and with KindnessCrewCALGARY society. Together we go from ME TO WE !!!
we are powerful together.
KINDNESS from Dictionary.com
1. the state or quality of being kind : kindness to animals.
2. a kind act; favor:his many kindnesses to me. a Kind deed
3. kind behavior:I will never forget your kindness.
4. friendly feeling; liking.
1, 3. benignity, benevolence, humanity,
generosity, charity, sympathy,
compassion, tenderness. 2. good turn.
1. the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate synonyms:kindliness, kindheartedness,
warmheartedness, affection, warmth, ... more
- a kind act "it is a kindness
I shall never forget"synonyms: kindliness, kindheartedness, warmheartedness, affection, warmth.
Kindess is so important in life. Being kind really is a gift.
It is a gift to you and it is a gift to whom you are being kind.
Kindness breeds more kindness. Kindness can help relieve stress, it can help you feel good and can help your mental health.. It feels so good. It is inspiring and once you perform a random act of kindness you want to do them all the time. Kindness opens the door to your blessings. The way the universe works when you do things for another it allows your own abundance in. God sees what you are doing and wants to bless you. Some ideas for random acts of kindness are:
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. ~Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true. ~Robert Brault
If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. ~Bob Hope
Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up. ~Jesse Jackson
Kindness is just love with its workboots on. ~Author Unknown
A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble. ~Charles H. Spurgeon
It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice. ~Author Unknown
Love someone who doesn't deserve it. ~Author Unknown
Kind people are the best kind of people. ~Author Unknown
The more sympathy you give, the less you need. ~Malcolm S. Forbes
Treat everyone you meet as if they are God in drag. ~Ram Dass
Always carry with you a little reasonable doubt, should you meet someone who needs to be found innocent. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens. ~Baha'u'llah
There are no traffic jams when you go the extra mile. ~Kenneth McFarland
The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. ~Nelson Henderson
If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl. ~H.L. Mencken
To err on the side of kindness is seldom an error. ~Liz Armbruster
Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. ~James Matthew Barrie
In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy. ~Karl Reiland
How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, much later adapted to "So shines a good deed in a weary world" by David Seltzer for the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Thanks Aidan!)
I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. ~William Penn
The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own. ~Benjamin Disraeli
How beautiful a day can be
When kindness touches it!
When you can be the sunshine in someone's life, or the warm rain, why would you be the cold north wind? ~Robert Brault
Sometimes someone says something really small, and it just fits right into this empty place in your heart. ~From the television show My So-Called Life
Dear Lord, may I ever refrain
From speaking ill of others;
May I have kindly thoughts, as well,
For all my earthly brothers!
May I, dear Heavenly Father,
Radiate pure love for all...
May I see good in everyone;
May I pray for those in woe...
If I can do these things, O Lord,
While I am here on this earth,
I'll feel my life's not been in vain--
That I was blessed at my birth!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "Blessed at Birth" (1940s)
Something that has always puzzled me all my life is why, when I am in special need of help, the good deed is usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim. ~William Feather
Real charity doesn't care if it's tax-deductible or not. ~Dan Bennett
When your suffering is a little greater than my suffering I feel that I am a little cruel. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin
I soothe my conscience now with the thought that it is better for hard words to be on paper than that Mummy should carry them in her heart. ~Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
Always be a little kinder than necessary. ~James M. Barrie
If you step on people in this life, you're going to come back as a cockroach. ~Willie Davis
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