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Stop Hunger Now!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This is our adult mission week at our church. There are so many opportunities for people to get involved in the community. Some of the things were:

--Working with Habitat for Humanity
--Helping at elementary schools in the neighborhood
--Volunteering at the local food bank (which we do year round)
--Neighborhood projects (we took flyers around to the neighbors asking if there were any maintenance type jobs we could do for them)
--We collected gently used office wear for folks who had job interviews and needed something nice to wear
--Putting together bags of toiletries for the homeless shelters
--Dividing and boxing up over $1000 worth of school supplies that were donated for local schools

There were other things. But last night was one of the greatest experiences I think I've ever had. We were working with an international relief organization called Stop Hunger Now! The founder of this organization realized that keeping kids in poverty ridden countries in school was the best chance they had to break that cycle. And the best way to keep them coming to school every day was to provide them with a hot meal.

According to the rep from Stop Hunger Now, there are about 7 billion people in the world. 1 billion of these folks live on less than $1.25 per day. Of that 1 billion, around 25,000 die everyday from hunger related issues. Of those, around 11,000 are children under the age of ten, children that never had a chance.

It's tempting to just throw up your hands and say that there's just not enough food to feed 7 billion people. However, according to Stop Hunger Now, that's just not the case. There is enough food in the world to feed every single person over 4 pounds of food per day for the rest of their lives. FOUR POUNDS. As our rep mentioned, that's like eating 17 quarter pounders from McDonalds everyday.

So the problem isn't the amount of food, it's access to the food. This is where organizations like Stop Hunger Now come in, by bringing the food to the people who need it most. And because they buy product in LARGE quantities, one meal bag (which feeds 6 people) can be assembled for 29 cents.

The process we used to put these meals together was pretty cool. Six tables were set up with four stations and a big funnel. First the "funnel captain" attached a meal bag to the bottom of the funnel. Once that was done, a packet of essential vitamins was put into the funnel. (This combination of vitamins was prepared by North Carolina State University to supply malnourished kids with what they need most.) After the vitamins, next came a level cup of soy. That was my son's job at our table, and man, I've never seen (or smelled) so much soy! Next came a heaping scoop of dehydrated vegetables, followed by a level cup of rice, my station.

Once the rice was in, the funnel captain removed the bag and gave it to a runner, who took it over to another person, who weighed it and heat sealed it, before sending it off to be boxed. The end result is a fortified meal product. When the meals get to their destination, the people who cook them open the bags, put in the vitamin packets, add locally available protein sources, and local spices to complete the meal. They cooked a pot of it while we worked so we got to taste it. Surprisingly, it was pretty good. With meat and seasonings in it, it would have been wonderful.

It normally takes 40 people 2 hours to bag 10,000 meals, but last night we had 62 volunteers and we did 10,800 meals in 75 minutes. We would have done more but we ran out of soy product.

It was such a trip to see everyone working together, laughing, talking, and doing their jobs, and knowing that this food was going to keep some kids coming back to school. According to our organizer from Stop Hunger Now!, these boxes are going to be going to Haiti at the end of October.

All I can say is that my husband, my son, and I were walking about three inches of the ground when we left there last night. We really felt like we'd contributed something to the world.

So if any of you guys have churches, businesses, civic organizations, or any large groups of any kind and want to make your volunteer time count for something, this is a terrific organization to look into. Here's the link:

And here's a picture of one of the tables working away.

Like those funky hair nets? We had to wear gloves, too.

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MISSM66 9/19/2014 5:37PM

    great job,keep up the good work,you will get your blessing from god. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THELILEA 9/19/2014 1:24PM

    Wow, what a a great thing you guys are doing!! And, I'm especially interested in hearing about the meal container you guys created. That's incredibly interesting. I wonder how that is determined?

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A_RARE_BEAN 9/19/2014 12:05PM

    sounds like such an awesome idea, didn't know something like this existed and it's great ot give back in a practical way to help others, inspiring!

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AANGEL3 9/18/2014 3:17PM proud of you all! It sounds like you guys had fun and what a wonderful organization!

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HTAMALE 9/17/2014 9:38PM

    What a wonderful thing to do! Looks like fun, you've got a terrific family and friends. That's what I think a Church group should do. Bravo emoticon

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I LOVE flashmobs!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

If everyone would just all get together and do this what an amazing world it would be! This one is SO MUCH FUN! It's HISTORIC FLASHMOB IN ANTWERP TRAIN STATION - DO RE MI if the link doesn't work. Watch it. It will make you smile!

I wonder how many calories they burned doing this! LOL Ya'll wanna get together and have a Sparkmob?

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HTAMALE 8/29/2014 1:49PM

    I love flash mobs too!

Thanks for your comment on my blog, you're a great friend emoticon

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A_RARE_BEAN 8/23/2014 6:08PM

    really enjoyed that! There is a flash mob in my head everyday emoticon but yes it would be so wonderful if irl we did more of this

(it didn't work but just copy and paste and delete the https:// part)

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Woo hoo!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

So! Have had some peculiar little things going on - UTI, lots of pvc's, gums sore... (You get the picture.) Went to the dentist yesterday to see what was up with that. He thinks the UTI was the culprit, and once I finished off the antibiotic the inflammation just sort of went away.

Then today I finally got to see the new diabetes specialist that took our Joanie's place. LOVED her! She had me come in Tuesday -- pre-appointment -- for blood work so she'd know what was what. I can tell she's on the ball. The long and short of it is (after a not so great visit while I was working the first of the year when my A1C climbed to 6.7), I'm back at 6.1 again. I've been working very hard to get my sugar back there. My weight was the same, which is freakin' amazing! My bp was 120/74 and my cholesterol was excellent at 163. And as I suspected, my thyroid med was out of whack which is likely why I've been having so many pvc's. So got that adjusted.

I told her about the extreme "I-need-a-bed-right-now-or-I'm-going-to-go
-to-sleep-right-here-on-the-floor" fatigue, and she is wondering if it might be a lack of B12. So she's running a blood test to check it. I had to have B12 shots right out of high school, so maybe? It would explain a lot.

So I'm doing a happy dance. And like any felon just let out of their cell, the first thing I did was run off to Starbucks and then come home and have some popcorn. Ok, celebration accomplished -- and over...

Woo hoo!

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HTAMALE 8/23/2014 2:15PM

    I love having a doctor that gets it and I'm so happy you feel satisfied with yours. Great news emoticon

I liked Starbucks too until I had a blueberry scone and tracked that and my latte and saw the calories! Ouch!!!

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A_RARE_BEAN 8/22/2014 7:39AM

    That's awesome that the appointment with the diabetes specialist went well with some positive results and outcomes!

Ha! Love a good old Starbucks, literally first thing I did to treat myself after every lecture I attended (being an agoraphobe simply sitting in class was an ordeal) was hop across the road to starbucks for a chai latte and a panini! Oh the days emoticon

Hope yo enjoyed whatever delight you got

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TOONACAT 8/21/2014 7:29PM

    Hooray for a Dr. Who us on the ball! That's great news.

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AANGEL3 8/21/2014 5:28PM

    WHOOT WHOOT!! on the checkup! I the whole thyroid thing sucks when it's out of whack. Our old Dr had just started me on B12 shoots when he left to go work for the VA. Our new Dr didn't see the need for them.

Ohh Starbucks! I have one every morning (Venti Skinny Vanilla Macchiato). They know me on a first name bases in two differnt Starbucks. emoticon

Luv Ya!

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MCFITZ2 8/21/2014 5:19PM

    Glad you have a good provider that is on the ball. That is so important.
Congratulations on you your results. emoticon

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Robin's voice...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

This is the gentleman who continued to do Robin Williams' Genie voice in Disney cartoons. It's a poem he wrote in tribute to Williams. People have been asking him if he would still continue to do Robin's voice as part of his repertoire. I loved the poem, even if it wasn't done in Robin's voice.

If that link won't work you can probably find it under 'Aladdin' Genie Voice Actor Performs Tribute to Robin Williams" in a yahoo search bar. Maybe even google search. It really was very good.

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HTAMALE 8/18/2014 10:21PM

    Thanks for that. It's a beautiful tribute. I never would have heard it if not for you. emoticon

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A_RARE_BEAN 8/18/2014 6:05PM

    Thank you for sharing this

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TOONACAT 8/18/2014 12:56AM

    Thanks for sharing that, so touching emoticon emoticon

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Feeling blah today...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Another one of those mornings when the Mac truck went through here and ran over me. So it was back to bed. I think my body may be having trouble fighting this stupid UTI. Even my gums are sore. Don't know if it has anything to do with that, but I have an appointment with the dentist next Wednesday to have him take a look.

I need to get a package in the mail that's supposed to be there Monday. How do I rouse myself to do that when I'm feeling so flattened...

Got a card in the mail from my beautiful friend Gwenlion in Salt Lake asking me to meet her by the "Brandywine" for coffee. It's been awhile. (We're both LOTR fans.) She's the same age as my daughter and I love her to death. (Ms. Bean, this is my renaissance friend.)

You know, part of this blah may be because of Robin Williams' death. I've loved him for so long. He had so much integrity as an actor. I was just looking at his images on google and was startled to see how few of them he smiled in unless he was goofing around. And his eyes seemed so haunted. I think people that are struggling inside find it hard to outright smile when think no one is watching. What a great man we have lost... He got so caught up in giving to others that he forgot to stop what he was doing and take care of himself, get what he needed. Just a guess on my part...

Other than that SOSDD... Just want to sleep. (I also think I've eaten too many fresh tomatoes!)

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HTAMALE 8/17/2014 2:19PM

    LOL on the tomatoes emoticon

As for the rest of the blog, get some rest. Go back to sleep. Take care of yourself my friend! emoticon

Watching Sunday Morning's tribute to Robin Williams hit me hard. He was a beautiful human being. I hope he can RIP. emoticon emoticon

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TOONACAT 8/16/2014 9:16AM

    emoticon Hope you're feeling better now. It is so hard when we feel all of our energy drain away. I'm with you that Robin William's death was so affecting. I would have been sad if it had been natural causes, or an accident, because he's been such a part of the fabric of my life. But to know what a kind, generous, wonderful person he was and that he was in that much pain pushes a deep button in me, and I'm betting in you, because you are likewise kind, sharing and wonderful.

So let us both take care today, btw, I'm glad you liked Max's video, aren't he and his friends awesome? Gives me hope in a world where we mostly hear negative to see a positive youth doing cool things. I think RW would have enjoyed it too.

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A_RARE_BEAN 8/15/2014 4:54AM

    It really must be one of those days! I think someone made a mistake and transplanted hump day onto thursday.

Get thee some rest and a pamper day, giving the day to the wind is pretty much how I rouse or rally for later, as when that mac truck hits I think pushing on can often make it worse.

I was just thinking what a fabulous monika Gwenlion is and I wonder if she's just as fabulous and then a line later she's your renaissance woman, awesome, lol I must have felt it in my bones!! emoticon

Re Mr Williams, it's always in the eyes, that's why I think it's so important to genuinely look at people when we talk to them, really see them, see past everything and look into their eyes.

Feel better emoticon

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AANGEL3 8/14/2014 4:14PM

    You need to take care of yourself. DO I need to come over there and take care of you? emoticon

Luv Ya!

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JTREMBATH 8/14/2014 2:46PM

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