Feed Your Soul

Ways to Give in the Winter

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, February 21, 2016

     Between paying down holiday debt and still wanting to buy Girl Scout cookies, it’s easy to feel mentally and financially depleted by the time the end of February rolls around. Lots of us are going stir crazy too, suffering from cabin fever thanks to winter weather. The good news is there are still ways you can give back during the winter months and still get out of the house. Consider all the volunteer work you can do. Consider proofreading for friends, tutoring kids in your neighborhood, volunteering at your local school, or stocking shelves at your local food pantry. Everyone can give something. Consider your gifts and talents and follow your heart to help others with the causes you feel most passionate.

National Organ Donor Day - Give the Gift of Life

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, February 14, 2016

Started in 1998 by the Saturn Corporation and its United Auto Workers partners with the support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and many nonprofit health organizations, National Donor Day is a day to take action and give the gift of life. Whether you choose to donate blood or marrow or sign up to donate organ/tissue if anything ever happened to you, changing a life and gifting life is one of the greatest gifts a person can give to another.

Send a Card to a Friend Day

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, February 07, 2016

                It’s fun getting mail when the envelope clearly isn’t a bill, but a card or note from a friend. This small gesture can make a big difference in our friends’ day. All it takes is a cute little card with a nice personal message to put a smile on their face. Celebrate your friendships by sending a card or note to your friends.

Give Back on Backward Day

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, January 31, 2016

     Backward Day is all about shaking up the day-to-day humdrum. What a great opportunity to give back. Consider random acts of kindness when you are out and about. Let the car behind you have a closer parking spot. Let the person behind you with only one or two items go ahead of you in line. Hold the door for those following behind you. Pick up a veteran’s lunch tab. Give a single mom friend a break by offering to watch her kids for an hour or two. There’s nothing backward about giving. Giving back feels good.

Tell a Story and Give Back with Quilts

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, January 24, 2016

The history of America can be seen in the quilts left by thrifty, self-sufficient women who helped settle this land, in the families whose history is sewn into quilts one patch at a time, and in the legacy of the quilting arts passed on to children and grandchildren so they may carry them forward into the future.

During World War II, quilting helped to raise money to support the Red Cross. At that time “signature quilts” were popular. In a signature quilt, business people, store owners, and citizens of a community would pay a small fee to have their names embroidered on quilt blocks. A quilter would sew and quilt the blocks together with the finished quilt raffled off and all proceeds going to the Red Cross.

January 24th is Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day. Consider celebrating by quilting your own “signature quilt,” raffling it off and donating the proceeds to your favorite cause.

Giving at Checkout, The Easiest Way to Give Back

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, January 17, 2016

            Americans are getting much better about giving. In 2014, Americans donated an estimated $358.38 billion to charity, the highest total in Giving USA Report's 60-year History. If you’ve given a dollar here or there at check out, it’s better than giving nothing. Life gets busy and giving at checkout is easy and helps millions of needy people. The following list shows retailers and amounts donated to charity (those listed more than once have separate campaigns).

1. eBay $54 million

2. Wal-Mart/Sam's Club $41.6 million

3. McDonald's $27.9 million

4. Costco $14.4 million

5. Safeway $12.4 million

6. Safeway $9.2 million

7. Safeway $9.2 million

8. Walgreen $8.5 million

9. Kmart $8 million

10. Safeway $7.6 million

11. Lowe's $7.6 million

12. Kmart $7.5 million

13. Pizza Hut $7.4 million

14. CVS $6.4 million

15. Speedway $6.3 million

16. Rite Aid $6 million

17. iTunes $5.3 million

18. Walgreen $5.3 million

19. CVS $5.2 million

20. Chili's $5.1 million

Why Houseplants Help the Elderly

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, January 10, 2016

It’s Houseplant Appreciation Day. A day that encourages everyone to look after houseplants, grow and maintain a variety of colorful indoor flowers and appreciate houseplants.

One very good reason for appreciating houseplants is the fact that they improve your quality of life and indoor air quality by clearing airborne toxins in your home. Champion air-scrubbers like Boston fern, Sweet Chico and dwarf date palm make great housewarming presents and are ideal for elderly residents in assisted living facilities.

A WATERIsLIFE Straw for Drinking Straw Day

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, January 03, 2016

Drinking Straw Day is a day set aside to celebrate the invention and patenting of the (paraffin-covered) paper drinking straw.

The first straws ever used were made by the Sumerians, most likely to drink beer. But thousands of years later, in the 1800s, the softer and more affordable rye grass straw became popular. Only problem was rye grass straws had a tendency to turn to mush in liquid. Frustrated by straws’ shortcomings, and the taste of rye interfering with his mint julep, inventor Marvin C. Stone developed and later patented the modern drinking straw in 1888. Stone’s first straw was just paper wound around a pencil to make a thin tube, which he slid out from one end and applied glue between the strips.

Modern plastic straws have come a long way since then and today’s straws can do even greater things—like purify water. One such straw is the WATERisLIFE water filter straw. The straw’s filter is a portable water purifier that can be used in any water source to provide clean and safe drinking water.

Every day, in Third World countries, water-related diseases claim the lives of 4,100 children under the age of 5. Millions are stricken with preventable diseases because of the lack of clean water. This Drinking Straw Day, consider donating to WATERIsLIFE http://waterislife.com/clean-water/the-straw to help those in need.

Resolve to Give Back in 2016

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, December 27, 2015

     This New Year’s Eve, plenty of us will resolve to lose weight and take steps to improve ourselves. Rather than focus on all the things we think we need to improve upon, consider all the things you’re doing right and using them for good.

Here are three steps to ensure your time and energy are put to great use as a volunteer:

1.    Identify your skills and talents. Regardless of your education or background, or whether you’re good at typing or computer networking, volunteer opportunities are available at all skill levels. Consider your skills and talents and help others by using this skill set. 

2.    Consider your hobbies or passions. If you like to run, consider running a 5k fundraiser. If you dig history, consider volunteering at an archaeological dig. When you identify your passions, you’re more likely to be a more energetic volunteer with a charity you love.

3.    Be realistic about the time you can give. Whether it’s a weekend of picking up trash at the park or a week helping to build schools in a foreign country, it’s best to volunteer the amount of time you think you can handle. Better to volunteer a small amount of time rather than a long amount and drop out mid-way through a project.

Go Caroling Day

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, December 20, 2015

     Music is an important part of daily life. Many of us rely on music to get us through the morning commute, during a workout, while cooking a meal, taking a shower, or folding the laundry. Hearing a certain song can make us feel energetic, happy, sad or calm and relaxed.

That’s why caroling is often appreciated by many during the stressful holiday season. If you have been gifted with a beautiful singing voice, consider caroling this Go Caroling Day with your talented friends at nursing homes, hospitals, community centers and in your neighborhood to spread holiday cheer.


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