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    Pillowcase Dresses http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/

    Changing lives one little dress at a time…
    Little Dresses for Africa is a non-profit 501c3, Christian organization, which provides relief to the children of Africa. Simple dresses are made out of pillow cases, and distributed through the orphanages, churches and schools in Africa to plant in the hearts of little girls that they are worthy!

    Knowing the history of the girls in Africa and the difficult road that lay ahead, Rachel O’Neill decided she would take some dresses to the children in the villages. A small group of ladies began to sew simple little dresses, made out of pillowcases, to be distributed to young girls through the orphanages in Africa.

    WHY PILLOWCASES? The pillowcase pattern has been around since the pioneer days and is easy enough for even a novice seamstress. Pillowcases are available in so many colors and patterns. They already have the hem and sides in them and are often sitting unused on shelves in closets all across the country. With just a little help they can be turned into bright little sundresses, perfectly suited for the African climate. Pillowcase dresses are only a suggestion. Any simple pattern is great to use.

    This ministry captures the hearts of so many and continues to grow as groups of all sizes spring up across America. These groups cross age, gender and denominational lines, to serve the most vulnerable of God’s children: little girls. To date we have received well over 2.5 MILLION LITTLE DRESSES and donations from all 50 states across the USA as well as from the UK, Ireland, Canada, Mexico and Australia. 2.5 MILLION! That’s a lot of little girls!! With your help these beautiful dresses have been distributed in 47 countries of Africa! We are happy to partner with mission teams and travelers to get these dresses to the children who need them most. One generous supporter, Nancy’s Notions, has sent over 100,000 to us. We are so grateful. Dresses have also been sent to other countries in crisis such as Honduras, Guatemala, Thailand, The Dominican, The Philippines, Cambodia, Mexico and thousands and thousands to Haiti. In addition, we have sent dresses to children in need right here in the United States, in the Appalachian Mountains and South Dakota. But more importantly than how many have been shipped, are the lives that they have touched as these little dresses go out as little Ambassadors in the name of Jesus, to give hope to the children that receive them.

    HOW TO HELP: With Little Dresses for Africa there are many ways to provide help…from starting or hosting your own sewing group, sizing and packing little dresses, or donating financially toward shipping costs. To ensure that they actually get to the children, the majority of our dresses are sent with mission teams here in the United States, as they travel on their missions, for personal distribution. We are happy to mail them to your teams to take in your extra bags for distribution. Please have your team contact us. We also mail them internationally. Little Dresses for Africa hosts a team once a year to deliver the little dresses personally to the grateful and excited little girls that need them so desperately.

    Remember, the job is not complete until these little dresses are actually on the the little girls that need them. Please enclose your tax-deductible donation to help with shipping whenever possible. It costs an average of $2.00/dress to get the dresses to the children. Although it is not required, any amount you can send help. Thank you in advance for your help! Check the gallery for pictures! Due to the amazing response, we can’t promise specific pictures, but maybe your little dress will turn up in a picture on a precious little girl!

    Simple patterns are downloadable below, or feel free to use your own pattern, if you prefer.

    “We’re not just sending dresses, we’re sending HOPE!”
    Click here for pillow case dress directions
    Free boys shorts download available: http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/nanc...oys-in-africa/

    To confirm your dresses were received,
    please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
    Thank you so much for your help!
    Any simple pattern is great! Zikomo! Finished items and financial donations for shipping can be sent to:

    24614 Curtis Drive, Brownstown, MI 48134

    or donate on line

    Making a difference, here and across the ocean, one little dress at a time!

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    Man tracks down family who left home videos of newborn baby in Goodwill camera

    A perfect storm of old-fashioned sentimentality and new media fervor created a little miracle this week.

    A Kentucky dad who bought an old video camera at a thrift store was just planning to revisit his own family’s memories, using the outdated gadget to play his old videotapes.

    But inside the camera bag’s pocket, he found hours of footage of another family’s milestones – a little boy meeting his newborn brother for the first time, parents and kids carving pumpkins and the family on vacation. He could have just taped over those memories; but, then again, he couldn’t.

    Instead, U.S. Army Sergeant Joseph Lynch made still pictures from the tapes, posted them on Facebook and Twitter, and shared them with local television news outlets. Reporter Scott Adkins of Wave 3 News did a story about the find. Within a few days, the adorable images went viral, and before the week was up, the family Lynch saw in those videos was at his doorstep to reclaim them.

    “To be honest with you, I didn't do anything special,” Lynch told TODAY.com. “Anybody would have done that — I think so. If anyone saw pictures of a woman with her child for the first time, they would have done it. I think most people are good like that.”’

    Phillip and Stephanie Humphrey had no idea that their videos were missing until a relative texted them to say images of their family were going viral on the Internet.

    “It was a shock, needless to say, to see those out online,” Phillip Humphrey said. “It’s kind of surreal, the whole fact that we’re something people have gravitated toward.”

    Humphrey said he gave the old RCA camera to his brother-in-law Kit Applegate more than seven years ago because he had another one that used the same sort of tapes. Applegate told Wave 3 News he barely used the camera and so he donated it to Goodwill in Clarksville, Indiana.

    That’s where Lynch bought the old clunker for five bucks.

    Lynch credited his wife, Geneva, with pushing him do the right thing. “My wife saw it and said, ‘There’s no way someone would give something like that away to Goodwill.’”

    It turned out to be true: The Humphreys never wanted to let those memories go. They just forgot to check the camera bag’s pocket before they gave it away. They wanted those memories back so badly that on Saturday, they piled into their minivan with their four kids and drove more than four hours from DeMotte, Indiana to the Lynches in Louisville, Kentucky.

    “I just feel very fortunate,” Phillip Humphrey told TODAY.com. “Really, we were very grateful to be able to go across two states and go pick those up from Joe and thank him.”

    Now the family is viewing all sorts of old footage from years gone by, and Humphrey said his kids, Cooper, 12, Greyson, 10, Ella, 6, and Everly, 17 months, love the home movies. The rediscovered tapes let the two younger girls see their older brothers as little boys for the first time. Humphrey said he plans to get a new video camera and make some more memories.

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    BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (WCCO) – At age 62, retired and blind, David Kuhn isn’t your average long distance runner.

    But he’s averaging about 20 miles each day as he crisscrosses the country promoting a cause, in hopes of finding a cure.

    On Monday, Kuhn’s nationwide running campaign brought him to the Twin Cities, where he will promote an effort to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

    “I’m running around the perimeter states of the United States, approximately 11,000 miles for my granddaughter who has cystic fibrosis. She’s 12-years-old,” Kuhn said.

    Last May, he set out on a journey he calls “It’s All I Can Do.” It is an effort to raise both money and awareness in the battle to find a cure for the crippling lung disease.

    What’s so incredible is that Kuhn is challenged by his own blindness. He says his one good eye is like peering through waxed paper. That’s why he prefers running with a partner or, at the very least, on high school tracks, like the one at Champlin-Park High School.

    “I’m fear driven and I want to do everything I can do for my granddaughter, to extend her life and of those who are struck with this disease,” he said.

    Kuhn wears a runner’s GPS watch to track his miles. Since his mission began back in May in Seattle, he’s already logged more than 1,400 miles.

    “My Garmin keeps track of my miles and as far as the track I keep focused on the white lines,” he said.

    Step by step, lap after lap, Kuhn says what he’s tackling is nothing when compared to the suffocating struggles of Cystic Fibrosis patients like his granddaughter, Kylie.

    “My pain, my suffering, my struggling is nothing compared to those,” Kuhn said.

    His goal is to raise $500,000 in the next 18 months.
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    Pit Bull and Chihuahua Pals Find a New Home

    Happy Days are here for Chachi, the long-haired Chihuahua, and his pal Joanie, the Pit Bull mix.

    Yesterday we told you about how Joanie was found carrying Chachi, who had a severe eye infection, in a Georgia neighborhood earlier this month. Offers to adopt the two poured in from around the world to Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Animal Control.

    Officer Christina Sutherin, who rescued the pair, chose an unnamed new owner in Florida to take them in. The police department says the dogs were "elated" with the news, smothering Sutherin with affection when she told them. Plans are being made to transport them south to their new home next month.

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    Joseph Carbone Gives Glasses to Thousands of Struggling Kids

    Joseph Carbone can still picture the Navajo teen in his office, trying on his first pair of eyeglasses, paid for by a benefactor.

    "Wow," the boy told him, laughing and crying at the same time as he looked out the window. "I didn't know that trees had leaves."

    It was on that day in 2001, says Carbone of West Bountiful, Utah, that he knew he should close his optician business and start giving away glasses to children in need.

    "That kid touched my heart," he says. "He literally changed my life overnight."

    Taking out a second mortgage on his home and lining up donated services, Carbone, 61, built EyeCare4Kids into a full-time nonprofit in 2006.

    Today, with a clinic in Midvale, Utah, and two school-based units in Las Vegas funded by casino magnate Steve Wynn, Carbone and his 11-person staff have provided free exams and frames to more than 75,000 kids.

    "The need is so great, somewhere around one in three or one in four American kids need glasses, but their parents can't afford them," says Carbone. "If kids can't see what the teacher is writing on the blackboard in school, they give up and drop out. A single pair of glasses can change everything."

    Carbone struggled with his own eyesight as a child growing up in Queens until his parents finally saved enough to buy him a pair of glasses when he was 17. He knows firsthand the struggles that families like Wayne Urcino's face.

    "Joseph is a godsend," says Urcino, who has a family of five. "Every person in my family needed glasses, but insurance wouldn't cover them and we couldn't afford them. Now for the first time in years, we can all see how beautiful the world is."

    Ultimately, Carbone hopes to help a million children see more clearly.

    "That's the dream," he says. "I'd love to be able to give glasses to every kid who needs them nationally and internationally. There's nothing like giving somebody the gift of sight. I plan to keep at this until the day I die."

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    Jackie Bobcean Provides Handbags and Personal Necessities to Abused Women

    Growing up in suburban Detroit, Jackie Bobcean watched her alcoholic father, a police officer, unleash his rage on her mother and younger brother nearly every day.

    "More than a dozen times, I recall hiding my brother in the closet and trying to stop my dad from choking my mom," says Bobcean, 50, a former teacher's aide.

    "I was the only one in the family who stood up to him," she says.

    When her brother Billy, who had a learning disability, committed suicide on Christmas Eve 2003 after decades of their father's verbal abuse, Bobcean, a married mom of two, decided that was the final straw.

    "I knew I needed to do something to help stop the cycle of domestic violence," she says.

    So in 2006, she launched HandBags of Hope out of her Eastpointe, Mich., home. The nonprofit collects gently used handbags and purses for women who've fled an abusive relationship, often with only the clothes on their backs and their children in tow.

    Run purely on donations, Bobcean and 20 volunteers fill the handbags with daily necessities like makeup, hair brushes, manicure sets, pens, calendars, pocket tissues, but most importantly, handwritten messages of support ("You are loved," "God bless your journey").

    "It's our small way of letting a woman know she did the right thing by standing up for herself," explains Bobcean, who says the organization has so far given away 17,000 handbags and counting. (No one in the organization, including Bobcean, gets paid.)

    "For many survivors who arrive at our shelter," says Jan Mancinelli, executive director of the Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan, "these handbags help give them everything they need to face another day."

    Some of the volunteers – who, like Bobcean, are abuse survivors – go a step further, writing lengthy letters to be tucked inside a handbag with their phone number in case the recipient wants to reach out.

    "A woman once told me she kept one of our notes in her purse as a reminder that there was a little bit of love inside," Bobcean adds. "And that was all she needed to keep going."

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    Six Children Save the Life of an Injured Stray Dog

    When Jadiel, Fernanda, Francisco, Montserrat, Saúl and Juanito, found an injured puppy in their town, Valle del Puebla, Mexicali, Mexico, they knew just what to do. They picked up the dog – that had a mangled rear leg – cared for him, and turned to adults for help. However, they didn’t turn to their parents for help. No, they called a local radio program, Radiopatrulla, and asked for help.

    The children ranging in ages from five-years-old to 12-years-old, are constant listeners of the radio program, and somehow they felt that by calling in to their favorite show, they would get the help the three-month-old puppy needed.

    They were right. When the radio team learned what these innocent children and future animal rescuers did, they agreed to help the children by picking up the dog and transporting him to an animal clinic.

    Veterinarian Juan Carlos Acosta performed emergency surgery to amputate the mangled leg because it couldn’t be saved. However, what worried him the most, was the many different bacterial infections the small canine was fighting and the tick and flea infestation he had.

    After hearing how the children heroically rescued the injured dog, Dr. Acosta decided to offer his services at no cost.

    The puppy named by the children as “Radiopatrulla,” after their favorite radio show, was bathed after the surgery and started on treatment for fleas, ticks, and bacterial infections. Dr. Acosta expects the dog to make a full recovery.

    The puppy was then returned to his five young saviors who are taking turns, nursing him and making sure he grows up to be a strong and loved pet.

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    Petal (Mississippi) man pays it forward

    Harrell Griffin is the official winner of the "Great Grocery Grab," sponsored by the Rotary Club of Petal. Instead of taking three minutes to grab as much food as possible for himself, he decided to fill a shopping cart full of food for kids in need.

    The grocery grab took place at the Petal Corner Market early Tuesday morning. Griffin raced up and down the aisles at Corner Market, filling one shopping cart with nearly seven hundred dollars in groceries. Lots of folks bought several raffle tickets to get in the running for the grocery grab, and Griffin only purchased one. He says he's donating all food collected at the grab to the Petal Children's Task Force.

    "The supermarket has donated and said they will actually slice this for us into portions so they can distribute it to more people," Griffin said.

    "It feels good because a lot of times we're given blessings in life and this is just one that we can turn around and give back to others."

    The fundraiser benefits the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Project, and Griffin's contribution, in turn, will benefit kids in Petal.
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    Matthew Nalywaiko Helps Hundreds of Single Working Moms With Much-Needed Repairs

    Sometimes a broken down car or leaky faucet are just added stressors in the lives of already struggling single working mothers. But Matthew Nalywaiko is doing something about that – times more than a hundred.

    His organization, Serve A Little, has helped more than 200 women, including those whose husbands are away serving in the military, by matching volunteer handymen, mechanics and construction workers to complete "honey-do" projects like minor home and car repairs.

    "The name, Serve A Little, comes from the idea that you don't have to do much to make a major impact in someone's life," Nalywaiko says. "It might only take a few hours for a mechanic to fix the car or for someone to fix the door in a house, but for that person it can mean the world."

    For Nalywaiko, 32, of Sonoma, Calif., giving back has been life changing. A severe case of dyslexia, coupled with ADD, had him wondering if he would ever have a purpose in life.

    "I could barely read, so I couldn't imagine how I was going to make a living or find someone who would want to marry me or accomplish anything," says the high-energy Nalywaiko, a videographer.

    But he did just that. He managed to get a job in construction after graduation, "building million-dollar staircases in multimillion dollar homes," and married Amanda, a social worker.

    Then in 2009 he launched Serve A Little.

    "We all have the ability to impact somebody's life," Nalywaiko says. "It's just a matter of looking outside your own world and realizing there are needs right next door."

    Helping single working moms, including those trying to get an education, is something Nalywaiko says has an immediate positive impact.

    "It's not a population that gets a lot of respect," says Amy Ethington, a Santa Rosa College student advisor who refers student single moms in need of assistance to the Serve A Little program. "And here is Matthew giving them respect for what they're trying to accomplish."

    Nalywaiko doesn't just help out his own community. He discovered a Haitian village of about 10,000 where more than a dozen kids had drowned trying to cross the treacherous river to attend a school nearby. Nalywaiko has raised money through 80 for Haiti, an effort connected to Serve A Little, to build a closer school, using local labor and materials to boost the the economy.

    "Children shouldn't have to die just to get an education," Nalywaiko says.


    Matthew Nalywaiko (center) with Serve A Little volunteers.
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    Shelter dogs from Phoenix flown to Idaho to find new homes

    Shelter dogs from Phoenix flown to Idaho to find new homes

    PHOENIX - Thirty dogs from a no-kill shelter in Phoenix were transported to a no-kill shelter in Idaho where they will be put up for adoption.

    The small dogs from HALO Animal Rescue were transported by plane courtesy of Dog is My CoPilot, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving homeless dogs and cats by flying them to areas in the western United States where they are more adoptable.

    “When DIMC moves large groups of animals from an area where they are harder to adopt out and flies them to another area where they are in demand, the animals are quickly adopted by loving “furever” homes,” explains Judy Zimet, a Phoenix attorney who also serves as executive director of Dog Is My CoPilot. “A Chihuahua in Idaho gets adopted in a heartbeat, but that same Chihuahua in Phoenix is often harder to place in a new home,” says Zimet.

    Phoenix continues to see large numbers of stray and abandoned pets entering Phoenix shelters, especially Chihuahuas and pit bulls, said Heather Allen, HALO Animal Rescue president and CEO.

    The small dogs were headed to All Valley Animal Rescue in Meridian, Idaho.

    “We’re very grateful to DIMC for their dedication to animal welfare. Not only are we saving more animals from euthanasia because of their program, we’re able to place homeless pets with loving families who really want them,” says Jason Lee, President and marketing director for All Valley Animal Rescue.

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    Church to give away free lunch to cab drivers

    TAMPA, Florida -- If you drive a taxi in the Tampa Bay area, your lunch could be free on Labor Day.

    Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg is giving away a coupon for a free lunch to the first 100 cab drivers who show up to the church in their taxi.

    The church partnered with the McDonald's next door to do something nice for people they know work hard year-round.

    "We thought we would reward them," said Wesley's pastor, John Ekers. "If nothing else we thought they would get some recognition."

    The church wants to be known as the little church with a big heart.

    To get the free lunch, drivers have to show up in their taxi at the intersection of 4th Street and 38th Avenue North in St. Pete. Head inside the church and ask for your coupon, which can be used anytime in the month of September.
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    Wow!!! That's exactly what a church is supposed to do, help others any way they can. Can't wait to tell my Pastor when I see her tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kuhio98 View Post
    [SIZE=3]Church to give away free lunch to cab drivers

    TAMPA, Florida -- If you drive a taxi in the Tampa Bay area, your lunch could be free on Labor Day.

    Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg is giving away a coupon for a free lunch to the first 100 cab drivers who show up to the church in their taxi.

    The church partnered with the McDonald's next door to do something nice for people they know work hard year-round.
    Not surprised it is a Methodist church - we do tend to feed people!
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    Rescue Runners: pairing runners with shelter dogs
    NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – The Jefferson SPCA just started doing something amazing! In partership with Synergistic Lifestyles, LLC, they’re connecting dogs at the shelter with runners, giving the dogs a break from being inside a kennel all day. News With a Twist reporter Deepak Saini put on his running shoes to catch up with the Rescue Runners.

    Rise and shine! It’s time for doggy boot camp!

    “They’re a lot less energetic during the day which is good, gets some of that energy out, and we get some of our energy out,” says Rescue Runner Josh Aranguiz

    At the crack of dawn, the Rescue Runner pair up wit ha four-legged friend and hit the pavement in City Park.

    “This dog is really energetic and he`s a really good runner, and I really like running with him cause he can keep pace,” says Rescue Runner Lori Andersen.

    Lori Andersen is a marathon runner. She found her match in Chippy, who kept up with her for 2.5 miles.

    “I had another dog the first couple laps around, and he wasn’t as good of a runner,” says Andersen.

    Not all are morning dogs. Some prefer a leisurely walk. While others like Rocky need a little encouragement with a belly rub.

    “You have to be patient with them. You learn a lot of patience. You learn that they’re just trying to have a good time too, and they’ve never really been out here before,” says Aranguiz.

    After a couple of laps around, water is a welcome sight and heavy panting is a familiar sound.

    “We do walk the dogs and we have volunteers and they run and they play but they don’t really get to take that whole extra edge off, so seeing them out here running in this beautiful New Orleans City Park is really kinda dumbfounding, cause you see them running like they’re someone’s pet, but they’re available for adoption,” says Jacob Stroman with the Jefferson SPCA.

    The Jefferson SPCA takes in thousands of dogs a year, most spending their days in a confined area. A chance to stretch their legs on a beautiful morning is a luxury.

    “We’re giving them a little business card for that animal and telling them to gome home and promote that pet an tell their friends and colleagues to take a look at the dog they’re running for that day,” says Stroman.

    You can’t help but bond with your running buddy. You just want to take them home.

    “Every single one of them. Yup, absolutely. My roommates would kill me though if I brought a ton of dogs home,” says Aranguiz.

    The Rescue Runners meet every Wednesday at 6:15 a.m. at the Great Lawn in City Park. Anyone is welcome to run the dogs, and of course, they’re available for adoption.

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    378 People 'Pay It Forward' with Free Coffee at Florida Starbucks

    A woman started an act of kindness chain that lasted for hours at a Starbucks drive-thru in Florida.

    She ordered an iced coffee at about 7 a.m. Wednesday in St. Petersburg and asked to pay for the caramel macchiato for the stranger in the car behind her. He returned the favor. The chain kept going as employees began keeping count.

    The Tampa Bay Times reports the chain finally ended around 6 p.m. when customer number 379 pulled up and ordered a regular coffee. Barista Vu Nguyen leaned out the window and explained the chain that started earlier in the day, asking if she'd like to participate. She declined, saying she only wanted to pay for her coffee.

    Nguyen says he doesn't believe she understood the concept of paying it forward.
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