Helping the Homeless (In Chicago's Suburbs)

I noticed this week that a lot of people are talking about the homeless in the US.While some are complaining, or saying it's just a scapegoat for other issues, I personally think it's great that we are talking about it and that so many people seem interested in helping.So, I sat down and made a list of places in our area that help provide help to those who are homeless or are on the brink of being homeless. Some of these places I already knew about, but some are new to me (thanks to doing some internet searched!)....more

Pajama Program: Helping Deliver 1 Million Goodnights!

I chose to ask our friends and family bring pajamas and a book to donate to the Pajama Program in lieu of presents for Liam's first birthday party. With the help of our family and friends, we collected 37 pairs of pajamas and 24 books!...more

The one thing every business owner should care about

"Life's most urgent and persistent question is what are you doing for others." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Click to tweet!)Happy birthday to the amazing and inspiring, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Whether you're taking the day off from your business or putting in work, I hope you take some time to reflect on those powerful words that Dr. King, Jr. spoke....more

Christmas Magic from the 'Me' Generation

Many people will say that the current generation of young people are in the "Me Generation". That kids are only about themselves or that they feel entitled to luxuries as staples in their lives. That they're ungrateful or uncaring. But, today, I want to tell you about a group of kids who make many adults I know look like chumps....more

Giving thanks: It's about more than words

It's so cold out tonight-nothing extreme really, but it was 70 here in good ol' fickle-weather Kentucky just a couple of days ago, so the cold hurts. I think the cold was good for a cause tonight though.  Several local folks gathered at the county courthouse to discuss the need for, and plans for, opening a homeless shelter in our county. The biting cold certainly made me think about how miserable and frightening it would be to have to spend the night outside in some makeshift shelter. ...more

Lilibeth gives back to the poor

I RECENTLY met an artist who wants to share her blessings to the less fortunate back home in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental in northern Mindanao, Philippines.She is Lilibeth Lazaga Bulala and she once worked for the City Hospital of Cagayan de Oro (JR Borja Memorial Hospital). Lilibeth always considered herself as a resident of Cagayan de Oro, the City of Golden Friendship....more

Thirty for Thirty Bucket List – 30 Acts of Kindness Upon 30 Years

I recently celebrated a milestone, my 30th birthday. When I look back and reminisce over my life, a constant theme ...more
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One Boy's Wish List is all about Others

In this season of "Want, Want, Want," and many children being overcome with a severe case of the "Gimme's"  I was astounded by the heart and generosity of one child- mine- when it came time to think about the gifts he wanted for his birthday.  When I asked him what he wanted for his upcoming 12th birthday, he replied very simply, "Nothing.  I have everything I need."As this isn't always the case with pre-teens who often feel compelled to ask for everything, I have to admit that I was a bit stunned.  Not that he's a selfish child, on the contrary- he's been known to give things away because the recipient didn't have that particular item, and he's always been concerned about the welfare of others.  I just assumed that like most years when it came birthday time he would easily call out a couple of items he had waited all year to ask for.  So, I pressed him again about what he would like his friends to bring him at his birthday party.  His response, "Socks.""Socks? What will you do with a ton of socks?" I inquired."I'll give them to people who don't have any.""Really?  You'd give up your birthday to those in need?" I responded."Yes, mom.  I have all I need."So, I told him about the only homeless shelter in our county.  This shelter works with families who are homeless, providing services, shelter, classes, and more.  He asked that I call them the next day and ask what top 3 items were needed, and those items are precisely what he put on his birthday list.He collect a ton of stuff: Clothes, money, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, and so many of the items that the shelter needed to remain functional on a daily basis.  His final gift: he took a teddy bear to each of the 3 toddlers in residence at the shelter.  When asked why he felt it important to give a gift to the little ones he replied, "Well, the little kids couldn't make much use of the supplies, so it was important that they have something of their own."We're through his birthday, but now Christmas is upon us, and yes, initially he wanted to give that away too.  I applauded his giving spirit and told him we would certainly be involved in service projects and giving to charity, but explained that those who give gifts do it because they feel good about it and they want to give to him.  After careful persuasion he managed to come up with a few items he thinks it might be fun to get.I'm so impressed with his generosity, his leadership and example, and I can't wait to see how this boy leaves his mark on the world....more

Shining Service Worldwide

Linda Franklin’s heart is full of love as she welcomes returning US female warriors from war torn areas. These gals need our help, too! We can proudly show our honor and participation in their homecoming by wearing Linda’s “You Gotta Have Heart” bracelet. The proceeds will be used for the for The Shining Beacon House project. Like Linda says, “Women supporting women is a heart-to-heart connection.” Visit her site today!A Shining Service Update and a BIG THANK YOU!...more