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
1250 Baltimore Pike, Springfield PA
Saturday Sept. 21st 11am – 5pm
Springfield Mall, Center Court
1250 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA
Saturday Sept. 28th 2pm – 6pm
965 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA
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.
So many people on the East Coast have been affected by Hurricane Sandy in one way or another. We personally lost power for an evening and our town held a rescheduled trick-or-treat day on November 3rd due to so many being without power for many days.
But I wanted to share my brother’s story with you. He lives in the Pocono Mountains of PA. Power outages in any storm are not uncommon around there. So it was no surprise when the long arms of Sandy knocked his power our pretty early in the storm.
Sitting at home, alone, in the dark for hours, my brother decided to take a break and charge up his cell phone and listen to the news for a little bit in his truck.
And here’s what he posted on Facebook a little while later:
He told me, “I went out and sat in the truck to charge my phone and listen to the news. I was out there maybe 5 minutes and the tree fell on me.”
Later he commented that, “A little boy in this area died last night when he was hit by a falling branch. I count myself extremely lucky.”
The pictures below show just how close he came to meeting his maker.
So what did we learn from this? DO NOT GO OUTSIDE DURING A HURRICANE, even if it’s just to your car!
And I’ll be gifting my brother a solar and hand-cranked powered emergency radio and cell phone charger. It’s an all-in-one gadget that would have kept him indoors, for sure!
Sesame Place in October is awesome.
The park is all decked out for The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular.
Children are encouraged to come in costume and trick-or-treat. The treats are good and include juice boxes, toothbrushes, chips, and candy.
The water rides are closed but the rest of the park is open.
Including the swings! Here X is riding them for the first time ever.
And there are plenty of specially-themed and not-too-spooky shows throughout the day.
If you can, book a Dine-with-Me
experience. You’ll get to meet and dance with most of the characters.
And blow their little minds out of the water.