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Give Back to Teachers this National Education Week

Pujols Kitchen - Friday, November 20, 2015


American Education Week is November 16-20, 2015. What better way to celebrate than to give back to your favorite teachers with a Teacher Survival Kit?

Fill a small basket or bucket with essentials like a bottle of Tylenol, pack of Kleenex, hand lotion, Chapstick, hand sanitizer, a pack of gum, Band-Aids and several pieces of dark chocolate.

Other ideas for a Teacher Survival Kit include:

·         A school-themed notepad

·         Several sheets of correction stickers

·         Travel bottle of Febreze

·         Two packages of almonds

·         Two packages of Emergen-C

·         Colgate Wisp (mini toothbrushes)

·         Pack of gum

·         Small pack of Wet Wipes

·         Travel bottle of lotion

·         Burt’s Bees chapstick

·         Hand sanitizer

·         Lots of Dove dark chocolates

Hats off to our teachers and the hard work they do.

Make a Difference in Your Kitchen and Around the Globe

Pujols Kitchen - Friday, November 20, 2015


“The strong must help the weak and the rich must help the poor. Those with must help those without. This is what humanity is all about.” –Anthony Douglas Williams

Start your own cooking tradition with the only cookware that makes a difference in your kitchen and across the globe. Profits from cookware sales are donated to families in poverty around the world, providing them with cookware and non-perishable food. When you give families a better future, you know you’ve made a world of difference.

Helping Furry Friends

Pujols Kitchen - Thursday, November 19, 2015


When it comes time to giving back in our communities, many of us often forget about donating time or items to our local animal shelters. But animals need our help too. Here are some simple ways to help.

One of the best ways to help at an animal shelter is by getting involved by helping with cleaning and caring for animals. Consider calling your local shelter to see if they need extra volunteers and to learn more about the shelter and rescue groups.

If you have a special talent like creating videos or photography, consider helping your local animal shelter by highlighting shelter pets for an adoption pet video or profile to bring attention to an often overlooked pet. Once the photo is taken you can put your other skills to use finding the pet a new home.

If you have your own pets at home, consider donating your pets’ gently-used items. Animal shelters are always in need of supplies like water and food bowls, toys, leashes and collars, brushes and grooming tools as well as pet beds.

Another much appreciated way you can help is by donating a place in your home through a fostering program. This is a great way to help your local shelter and maybe even find your next addition to your family.

Other items that come in handy at animal shelters are household items like cleaning supplies, old newspapers, paper towels and toilet paper rolls, old blankets and towels, office supplies, and hand sanitizer.

Finally, don’t forget the most obvious –food, dog treats and cat litter. Ask your local shelter the varieties they prefer. Some prefer clumping cat litter, dry or wet dog food and cat food. For shelters that perform surgery, non-clay cat litter for kittens and post-op cats is greatly appreciated.

5 Giving Tips to Make a Difference this Holiday Season

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, November 15, 2015


Rather than adding a few coins to that ever clanging change cup this holiday season, consider some of these ideas for making a difference in the lives of others.

·         Provide a warm meal to a needy person or family. Even a simple sandwich can bring the brightest smile to some of the saddest souls.

·         Head to your local McDonald’s and order as many extra cheeseburgers as you can afford. Then bring them down to a local homeless shelter and hand them out. Smiles on their faces are a wonderful gift.

·         When you’re in line at a coffee shop, tell the cashier you’re paying for your order and the one behind you. It’s a simple gesture that will have you and the person in line behind you both smiling.

·         Give back to your grandmother or hosting relative during the holidays by doing the cleanup after Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Cleaning up after meals gives your hosting relatives more time with other out-of-town family members is a great way to give back to the ones who have given us so much all year long.

·         Consider going through the toys your kids received over the past year. If there is anything that they haven’t played with or are too old for, donate it to a local church or mission. This way, your kids will have room for anything new they get and another child can use the toy as happily as they did.

EveryONE Can Recycle

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, November 15, 2015


     Every year on or around November 15, America celebrates America Recycles Day, a nationally recognized day dedicated to celebrating and promoting recycling in the United States. Consider organizing an event to educate your neighbors, colleagues, friends, or your favorite youth organization about the importance of recycling and keeping America beautiful. Visit http://americarecyclesday.org/toolkit/ to find out more about events that are scheduled in your area. When it comes to recycling, each ONE of us can make a difference.

What Food Pantries Really Need for Thanksgiving

Pujols Kitchen - Friday, November 13, 2015


     What’s not to love about Thanksgiving? Great food, a long holiday weekend with family and friends to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with enough to eat and that’s why November is a great time to donate to your local food pantry. Here is a list of the items most needed.

·         100% Juice Drinks

·         Holiday Foods like cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes

·         Low-Sodium Vegetables, especially mixed vegetables for more colorful and well-rounded meals

·         Canned Chicken, Canned Salmon and Canned Tuna for a much-needed protein boost

·         Unsalted Nuts for a source of proteins and vitamins

·         No Sugar Added Fruits

·         Shelf-Stable Milk that will last a long time

·         Whole Grain Pasta to promote fiber intake

·         Canned Beef Stew, a non-perishable meal that’s full of meats, veggies and complex carbohydrates

·         Brown Rice as well as quinoa which are great meal options because they are super high in protein

·         Oatmeal for healthy and filling breakfasts

·         Canola and Olive Oil because they are important for cooking and healthy thanks to mono-unsaturated fats

·         Peanut Butter

·         Low-Sodium Soups, especially soups with a lot a vegetables because they are higher in fiber and will keep a person feeling fuller longer

·         Beans are nutrition powerhouses full of fiber, protein and Vitamin B

·         Low-Sugar Cereals

·         Granola Bars and Popcorn are healthy snacks kids also love

A Holiday Hostess Gift that Gives Back

Pujols Kitchen - Thursday, November 12, 2015

 

    If you’re challenged by what to get your favorite culinary god or goddess this holiday season, consider a gift that gives back—Pujols Kitchen cookware and utensils. Pujols Kitchen cookware delivers the perfect balance of gourmet performance and practicality, freeing your inner chef to achieve maximum culinary creativity.

Each piece in every set has been ergonomically engineered to be more comfortable than any cookware you’ve used before. Regardless of your skill level, your cooking won’t just taste better…it will feel better.

But improving your cooking experience is just the beginning. Profits from cookware sales are donated to families in poverty around the globe, providing them with cookware and non-perishable food. When you give families a better future, you know you've made a world of difference.

Giving Back to Veterans

Pujols Kitchen - Wednesday, November 11, 2015


God bless our men and women in uniform. The work they do for our country to protect our freedom and way of life is a gift many of us take for granted. But, thanks to Operation Gratitude, Americans have a great way to show their gratitude to all who serve.

Operation Gratitude annually sends 150,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation, to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas. Its mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation to members of our Military. Each package contains donated product valued at $75-100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than one million care packages.

To express your gratitude, visit https://www.operationgratitude.com/.

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Happy U.S. Marine Corps Day

Pujols Kitchen - Tuesday, November 10, 2015


On November 10, 1775, the U. S. Marine Corps was established. From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, Marines have fought for our freedom and way of life by air, on land and sea. They’re often the first feet on the ground in the most dangerous parts of the world and they deserve our gratitude.

There are all sorts of ways to give back to our Marines to thank them for what they’ve done. Consider picking up their tab at lunch, at the grocery store, or at the pump. Simple, random acts of kindness like a smile, praying for them, a plate of cookies and cards with good wishes are also appreciated.

Happy U.S. Marine Corps Day!

Giving Back as a Family

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, November 08, 2015


Our children are the future citizens of the world. If we want them to serve their communities, do good deeds and feel compassion for others, it’s up to us to lead by way of example. Here are ten philanthropic ideas for your family to give back.

There are several ways our kids can give back at school. They can:

·         Be a friend to someone who needs a pal to talk to.

·         Shelve books at the school library.

·         Cheer the local sports team on to victory.

·         Help their teacher tidy up the classroom.

In your local community kids can:

·         Volunteer at animal shelters, your local library, or theater.

·         Walk/run to raise money special causes or charities.

·         Lend a hand at the Special Olympics in your area.

·         Host a “day of beauty” for assisted living residents. Your kids can paint residents’ nails and offer makeup tips and wardrobe pointers.

·         Collect gently used soccer balls, baseballs, softballs, bats, and cleats for groups that need them.

·         Help at fundraisers to promote community spirit.

Worldwide kids can make a difference by:

·         Sending holiday cards to service men and women who protect our country.

·         Practicing random acts of kindness.


 

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