The Australian K.I.D.S. Foundation is dedicated to lowering the amount of childhood injury and death. Australian K.I.D.S. spreading injury prevention education and provides programs in pre-schools, elementary and high schools. They run interactive education programs and give resources to 7, 500 schools.
In their recovery program K.I.D.S. helps hundreds of children and their families who have suffered trauma, terrible burns and other injuries that have changed their lives.
Southern Tier Healthlink and Amaretto Ranch Breedables donated over $64, 000 to the American Cancer Society. The money was donated through the Portal, Second life. Thousands of virtual residents bought special edition pink and white ponies for one thousand and ten linden, which is a virtual currency that exchanges to about $4.25. The American Cancer Society was surprised at the donation. They just discovered this virtual reality.
Diana Cahill a Regional VP of The American Cancer society said about the donation: “We were absolutely thrilled and it was raised in such an ingenious way. For this amount of money to be raised within 72 hours in a virtual world was absolutely the first of its kind.”
The donations will be used for breast cancer research, and “look good – feel better” meetings for cancer patients.
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and have joined forces with Feeding America to make some strong and moving public service announcements.
Each actor has made public service announcement to alert Americans to how real hunger pain is, and how prevalent.
Ben takes the ‘official’ role and tells us the facts of how frequent hunger is in our country (one out of six people). Matt plays the role of Steve, a man who was once embarrassed to visit his local food bank in order to feed his hungry family.
There are warm military mittens and warm socks being sent to American troops in Afghanistan. Members of the Blue Star Families of Central Virginia have sent packages with many gifts from instant coffee and jalapeno potato chips to Slim Jims and Nabs to Americans fighting overseas in Afghanistan.
Blue Star Families has sent packages to the front since the war started in 2003. That’s seven years of service to sailors, soldiers, Marines and airmen. That’s also seven years of worry because in order to be a Blue Star family one needs to have a member in the service.
The name comes from a flag flown during World War I. The flag had a blue star on a white background, with a red border. The flag was placed in the window by families who had sons overseas in the Great War. “You don’t need to have a family member in the war to be in the group, but you do need to have one in the war to place the flag in the window”, Ms. Warren said. “A lot of us don’t have family there now, but we support the people overseas and we support the families who have members overseas.”
A corporate giant and a national charity are working together to expand a hunger relief program in thirty Kentucky counties. Wal-Mart Inc. has awarded $100, 000 in grant money to Elizabethtown-based Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland. Feeding America will increase its BackPack Program and also the number of food items students enrolled in the program receive, according to Gary Miles, Feeding America’s executive director in Kentucky.
The Elizabethtown branch of Feeding America asked for $50,000 in order to add 630 students to the program and another $50,000 to improve the quality of food given out.
The food bags are given out in 30 of the 42 central and western Kentucky counties helped by Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland. Each bag is packed with approximately 12 items, including cereal, milk, fruit and snacks.
The bags are given out Fridays at the end of school. They are discreetly put into students’ backpacks so that the students do not feel embarrassed in front of their friends.
This program has expanded to approximately 200 schools and serves almost , 5,000 children in the 30-county area. Each bag costs about $2 to prepare.
“Walmart has really stepped up to the plate and helped us big time,” Miles said.
Children who live in poverty in the United States express similar needs and wishes to poverty stricken children in other parts of the world, according to a survey conducted by ChildFund Alliance.
In developing nations, 57% of 10 to 12-year-olds indicated that education would be their top priority if they were leading their country. In the United States 31% of poverty stricken children said that improving education also was the most important issue. The second most popular choice overall and for U.S. residents (19 %) was providing more food.
The Small Voices, Big Dreams survey polled almost 3,000 children between ages 10-12 in 30 countries throughout the Americas, Africa, and Asia. ChildFund Alliance, an international group of child-oriented organizations, sponsored the survey. The U.S. member of the alliance of ChildFund International.
In developing countries, one third of the children told pollsters that they go to bed hungry at least once a week. A third of the children said that food was the most needed priority. When asked what they would spend a dollar on, 45 percent overall and 55 percent in the U.S said that they would purchase food or water.
Outside the U.S., children spent much more time on household chores or other work. 26% answered that they worked at least half a day every day. In the U.S., only 11 % work half a day or more.
As children do so well, they deliver an honest and clear picture of what it is like to be young and live in poverty said Katherine Calos
AmeriCares, with its crew on the ground providing medical services since cholera struck, is preparing more emergency shipments of medicines to Haiti. These will be sent by both air and water, to fight the deadly disease which is spreading rapidly and has now reached Port-au-Prince, the capital city.
In order to halt the spread of cholera, AmeriCares is also sending a water purification shipment of two million sachets to purify 5.5 million gallons of water. This can provide 20,000 families with safe drinking water for several weeks.
Christoph Gorder, senior vice president of global programs for AmeriCares said “Now that cholera cases are being reported in Port-au-Prince, the outbreak could easily spread to the earthquake survivor camps where more than a million people are still homeless.” “With little natural immunity to cholera, Haitians have a high risk of serious illness and death.”
The Top 5 Youth Per Capita Award was given to Quinnipiac University at the American Cancer Society’s New England Relay For Life College Summit in Marlborough, Mass.
The Top 5 Youth Per Capita Award was given to Quinnipiac because it was one of the top five schools, with between 5, 000-9,999 students, to get the most contributions for Relay For Life. More than 1,100 Quinnipiac students took part in last years relay, and they brought in over than $95,000. These funds will be use for the American Cancer Society’s programs in education, advocacy, research and service.
There are many ways to perform good deeds and to keep them giving. One can pay it forward to others who need help, or return a kindness or Tell 10 People. Feeding America’s “Hunger-Free Families” campaign seeks to encourage families to reach out and Tell 10 others about families who are living with hunger in their own communities.
Hunger is a daily norm for many Americans — it is found in rural areas, urban areas, and all other regions of America. There are 17 million families who many times don’t know where they will find their next meal. More than one-third of the households interviewed in the “Feeding America Hunger 2010 survey” said that sometimes they have no food.
“Somewhere in your own community is a parent who willingly sacrifices a meal so that his or her child can have a decent dinner,” said Vicki Escarra, CEO of Feeding America. Feeding America is trying to bring attention to his need and is currently the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.
“We joined the campaign because we saw that so many families are going hungry, in this day and time, here in America,” said Laila Ali Conway. Ali and her husband Curtis Conway spent a day at a Foothill Unity Center food pantry, a branch of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. They worked with volunteers, met clients and learned about the battles of people living with hunger. “They have kids just like we do and they have to worry about putting food on the table,” continued Ali Conway.
As the holiday season approaches, Hunger-Free Families campaign goal is to not only have people TELL 10 about the American hungry. They also want to inspire people to donate or volunteer at their local food bank. These efforts will help provide many meals to hungry families.
On Thursday, November 5, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) Councilwoman Jan Perry (9th district) and SRO Housing joined Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise), new residents and neighbors to celebrate the opening of the Renato Apartments located at 531 S. San Julian Street on Skid Row. The Renato Apartments, a $25 million development, will provide 95 low-price studio apartments for extremely low-income residents.
“Enterprise has invested heavily in Skid Row because we believe that it is important to create a community that includes affordable housing and access to needed resources for those who are working to make improvements in their lives,” said Jeff Schaffer, A California impact leader for Enterprise. “We know that a home is the first step to address homelessness, however, enabling supportive services increases the chances that a person will remain housed.”
The Renato Apartments offers permanent-supportive housing to citizens who earn up to 45 percent of the local median income. Sixty apartments are reserved for chronically homeless people and those suffering from mental-illness. To assist residents with needed life-skills, SRO Housing will provide comprehensive social services on the premises. All studio apartments will be supported by the project-based Section 8 rental subsidy. The residents can also get social support, such as drug and alcohol recovery programs and free meals at the nearby James Woods Community Center.
Enterprise provided approx. $11.7 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit equity earmarked for building costs.
Enterprise and SRO have a strong history of working together to help the Skid Row neighborhood. Over the past ten years, Enterprise has financed more than 1,000 units in nine SRO properties, including the Lyndon Hotel, the James Woods Apartments, the Yankee and the Ford Hotel which are currently under construction.