What do you do with old stuff you no longer need or want? Hopefully you donate it! Lucky me, I have a Goodwill that’s walking distance, but even more conveniently it has a drive-through donation center. Drive up and the workers grab your stuff! You don’t even need to get out of your car! So easy!
Did you know that donating one bag of clothing and one box of books can equal up to 2.3 hours of on-the-job training for someone in your community? Add to that a used lamp, a dusty computer and perhaps a box of DVDs and CDs, and that number nearly doubles to 5.2 hours. Calculate your own donation impact here!
Goodwill’s mission is to provide job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face other challenges to finding employment. In fact, Goodwill is the leading nonprofit provider of job training programs and career services in the United States and Canada!
But if you’re only donating to your local Goodwill, you’re missing out on half the fun! I can’t help but take a peek at what’s in stock after making a donation! I’ve scored lots of books and clothes for the little guy and myself (interview suits for less than $10 each!), and other odds and ends.
And if you’re feeling creative, check out these crafty projects you can try by upcycling Goodwill finds!
Did you know that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month? In an effort to raise the profile of childhood cancer this month, I’ve teamed up with a group of friends and bloggers from the Delaware Valley Area for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s inaugural Million Mile Run.
Together we are aiming to collectively walk 1000 miles during the month of September to raise awareness as well as raise as much money as we can to help fund childhood cancer research.
Thanks to several generous sponsors, we are also raffling off a few great prizes!!!
Find us at one of these events to buy a raffle ticket or DONATE ONLINE RIGHT NOW and get 10 entries! After you donate, simply let us know by filling out the Rafflecopter form below!
Friday Sept. 20th 12 pm – 6pm
Springfield Mall, Center Court
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Saturday Sept. 21st 11am – 5pm
Springfield Mall, Center Court
1250 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA
Saturday Sept. 28th 2pm – 6pm
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Custom made stuffed animals from Build-a-Bear Workshop
Bertucci’s Gift Basket
Pair of tickets to enjoy a Lunch Cruise on the Spirit of Philadelphia
Love Always little girls necklace from Jennifer Oxenford Independent Stella & Dot Consultant
Happy Family Basket of Snacks/Treats
$25 Gift card to Barefoot Books courtesy of JustChildrensBooks.com
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During the summer, I can have every other Monday off if I work an extra hour each day. Some days I wonder if it’s worth it because I don’t get home until around 7pm. I miss dinner with the kid and he’s typically in bed by 8 or 8:30pm leaving me very little time with him. But then the coveted day off rolls around and we do something like…
Meet a Yellow-knobbed Currasow (from South America).
Get an up close look at the amazing world of ants.
Marvel at polar bears while watching them catch fish.
Play with friends in a wild land of make believe as I reminiscence about my own childhood playing on the very same structures.
Take obligatory touristy photos with statues.
Splash in a fountain as I recall a similar scene from a year ago.
… and I know it’s all worth it.
I highly recommend that everyone take off of work on a Wednesday here and there. I did just that not long ago and brought my 4 year old to go meet Mighty Mike – America’s Biggest, Baddest Alligator – who is on exhibit at Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront through Labor Day 2013.
It was the best day of the summer for us so far! We leisurely toured the Aquarium, met Mighty Mike, dipped our fingers in tanks filled with sharks, sting rays, sea urchins, sea stars, and more! We watched a mini 4D movie (SpongBob – banned from the boobtube at home but this was a treat day) and met up with a few friends for a little while.
After we had our fill of fishies, penguins, and hippos, we walked a long the waterfront for a little and discovered the ferry that takes you across the Delaware River to Philadelphia. It was set to arrive in a little bit so we made an impromptu trip to Philly! It was a beautiful day to be on the water and my son’s first boat ride.
Once we got to Philly we went on the prowl for ice cream and found the famous Franklin Fountain only a couple of blocks away. I once read a scathing review of the place some time back and was a little leery but our experience was nothing but delightful. TIP: IT’S CASH ONLY!!! (my only negative) After hunting down an ATM we enjoyed delicious ice cream. Simple chocolate for the kid and the special of the day for me.
We then explored Penns Landing as we took our time heading back to the ferry. After the ferry dropped us back off in Camden, the kid asked to go back into the Aquarium to pet the stingrays again. Not a problem since we got our hands stamped before leaving earlier! We “closed” the place down and finally headed home, tired but with lots of happy memories.
What if you found out you had 533 biological children?!
Well, in DELIVERY MAN, Vince Vaughn plays an affable underachiever looking for his purpose in life, when he finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them want to meet their biological father.
Sound ridiculous? YES! But totally possible! There’s a real life case of a man who provided 50% of the DNA to some 150+ children! And those are just the children who have reached out and registered on the Donor Sibling Registry to search for their half siblings! There’s also a case from the 1940′s where a doctor is suspected of fathering upwards of 600 children in the UK (though I think the math on that case is dubious).
Ridiculous, possible, or not, looks like the idea is going to make for a cute and heart-warming comedy.
DELIVERY MAN opens in theatres everywhere on November 22nd!