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Day 17: Words of Inspiration

"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives" - Jackie Robinson Words are very powerful. They can speak life or they can speak death. They can uplift and empower or they can destroy and damage. Positive words can make a difference. We have seen it, and experienced it, firsthand.… Continue reading Day 17: Words of Inspiration

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Day 16: Day of Change

Chips make chunks. Inches make feet. Pennies make dollars. In the end, the small, and seemingly insignificant, adds up to equal something much larger. The coins that sit in the ashtray of your car isn't just change. They are tools of change. Yeah, I went their. Your CHANGE can create CHANGE. Many nonprofit organizations impact… Continue reading Day 16: Day of Change

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Day 15: Help The Homeless

Today was Day 15 of the 25 Days of Giving and our goal was to help the homeless. We have had the opportunity to spend time with those on the streets of our city many times over the last four years. Our lives have been changed through those experiences and we will always have a passion… Continue reading Day 15: Help The Homeless

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Day 14: Unexpected Gift

We love to surprise people. The looks we get we when give someone an unexpected gift are heartwarming and memorable. Today, that is exactly what we did for Day 14 of the 25 Days of Giving. We handed out Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts gift cards to random people in our community. We left some on… Continue reading Day 14: Unexpected Gift

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Day 13: Generous Tip

Day 13 of the 25 Days of Giving was called Generous Tip. Food service is a difficult job and great service isn't always rewarded. Our goal was to show our appreciation for good service today by adding a little extra on the gratuity. Erica and I went to Granite City Brewing for lunch during our day… Continue reading Day 13: Generous Tip

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Day 12: Mailman Surprise

"Thank you!" "We appreciate you" Simple phrases of gratitude. A few words that, when spoken, can make a difference in the lives of others. Today, we shared a note of gratitude with our mail carrier. A simple Christmas card of thanks and a Starbucks gift card were left in our mailbox for her to find.… Continue reading Day 12: Mailman Surprise

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Day 11: Take Time To Read

We love going into schools and spending time with students. It is an easy way to connect with and positively impact young people. That investment of time, no matter how big or small, may be the best investment you ever make. Today we had the opportunity to visit a kindergarten class at Adams Elementary. It was a great… Continue reading Day 11: Take Time To Read

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Day 10: Hidden Dollar

Day 10 of the 25 Days of Giving was called Hidden Dollar. We hid dollar bills with toys at the dollar store, with the straws at fast food restaurant, and in books at bookstore. We have no idea when, and if, this cash will be found. We hope that when it is found it will be a nice surprise… Continue reading Day 10: Hidden Dollar

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Day 8: Book Donation

"Learn to love to read." It is a message we have delivered to hundreds of students over the last few years. Whether its volunteering to read in a classroom or speaking to an entire assembly of students, we are advocates for reading and reading programs. In order to improve literacy rates in schools, kids need… Continue reading Day 8: Book Donation

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Day 7: Laughs All Around

Laughter is infectious and contagious. Far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress.… Continue reading Day 7: Laughs All Around