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SOUPer Bowl

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January 10, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

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A big ‘holiday’ is coming up. For some, it’s a favorite day. Yes, indeed, it’s a very special annual ritual where we gather around the big screen with friends, eat delicious foods like cheese dip, hot wings, grilled hot dogs and maybe even enjoy a evening, many children get to stay up past their bed time, eat junk food on paper plates in the living room (please-don’t-spill-or-touch-anything), watch cool commercials that everyone will be talking about at school tomorrow and maybe even hang out with some of their friends. Oh and then there’s the football. It’s the SUPER BOWL. What could be better!? More


Question of the Week: The Many Ways to Give

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December 7, 2012 @ 8:30 am

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When you hear the word ‘give,’ what images come to mind? For some, it might be financial giving – writing a check or putting money in the offering plate at church. For others, it might be donating gently used clothing, toys and household items that you no longer need but that others could still use.

But there’s more we can give than just money and things.

How about your time? Everyone is really busy these days, especially those with kids. But spending 30 minutes visiting with a lonely elderly neighbor or delivering a meal to family facing an illness can be more valuable to those in need than money.  More


Teens: The Benefits of Volunteering

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November 30, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

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Many schools these days are requiring that students complete pre-determined hours of volunteer work in our community. Whether your children are required to volunteer, do so on their own, or you’re interested in offering them a new experience, you can be assured that not only will the community benefit, they will too. More


Question of the Week: I’m Going to Help

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September 14, 2012 @ 8:30 am

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“No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” – Edmund Burke

We are all compelled to help in different ways. Some refer to it as a ‘calling’. Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the amazing efforts of another person? Perhaps you know a doctor, like Dr. Brian Huff, who travels to other countries to provide medical care to those who do not have access or Rachel O’Neill who has organized tens of thousands of dresses for little girls in Africa. Or did you read about the Lewis family who went on a year-long trip around the world, committed to six continents and 12 good deeds, volunteering in a different country each month? More


A Child’s First Donation

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August 15, 2012 @ 10:05 am

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Ian's Spend, Save, Give jars

When Columbia mother Catharine Aitken’s oldest son Ian turned five, she decided it was time to start giving him an allowance and with that she wanted to also incorporate lessons about giving.

“I’d had conversations about donating time and talents with him, but we’d never talked about donating our treasure,” remarked Catharine. “I realized how few people talk with their children about planning to give which inspired me to have that conversation with him.” More