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Posts Tagged ‘charity’

Sharing the love of reading

A friend/co-worker gave me a DonorsChoose.org gift card for Christmas. I could donate my $25 to any school/classroom listed on the website. There are so many schools listed. Just for schools in Oakland there are 207 and the ones I reviewed were all high poverty schools. How did I choose? This is how I narrowed […]


A must read: A Gift of Hope

I recently read on the San Francisco Chronicle’s website, sfgate.com, about a book by Danielle Steel. Now when I was younger I read many of her romance novels. And then I kinda outgrew that phase. But the article that the Chronicle recently did on her latest book caught my eye and my heart. And I […]


Basic necessities=Christmas spirit

Merry Christmas! Or happy whatever you celebrate or don’t. Enjoy your time off with your family or friends or if you choose to spend it alone. And for all those who have to work today, thank you. I feel lucky for all the family I got to see over the past few days: parents, my […]


Making Christmas happier for 3 families

As you know I am very in to helping others any way I can. I have a friend who takes it up a notch. He mentioned on Facebook the other day that he read an article in USA Today about Layaway Angels.┬áIf you go to Toys R Us and pay off someone’s layaway balance Toys […]


Shopping for toys

Today I worked on the Heart Challenge part of Go Fit Girl!’s December Monthly Challenge. I run the toy drive (and food drive) at work. To get more donations I offer to take others’ money and go shopping on their behalf. So today my co-worker/friend Alonzo and I jumped into the work truck and took […]


Comment Contest Tuesday is about the heart

In honor of Go Fit Girl!’s December Challenge of the Heart this Comment Contest Tuesday is dedicated to that and helping others. If you would like to read the original post, please go here. Years ago both sides of Curt’s and my families decided to stop giving each other Christmas gifts. Everyone has what they […]


My heart goes out to babies

Peet’s near my gym has gotten me into helping a couple of “new” charities. A few years ago there was a representative from a women’s day drop-in center, which I still support to this day. In fact, I just took some toiletry donations over there about a week ago. Today after spin I grabbed a […]


A little history lesson on Toys for Tots

As you have read before, I run the food drive and toy drive at work. When my company was still in Emeryville (where Pixar is located) I worked with an Emeryville organization called ECAP for the toy drive and food drive. Because employees live all over the Bay Area we felt it was best to […]


Exercise, say no, buy toys and don’t gain weight …

And today we launch Go Fit Girl!’s December Monthly Challenge. December is a challenging month in all aspects of my life. So I am gonna guess that it is the same for most of my readers. The challenges this month are going to be a little different than the previous months. Exercise: Exercise 3-4 times […]


Buy a tree, help someone out

Curt and I got our Christmas tree yesterday. I love having a live tree. I know that isn’t environmentally aware … or maybe it isn’t so bad. According to this article I found online: ┬áNorth American real Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada. Eighty percent of all artificial trees are manufactured […]