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The Gift of Sponsorship

Forgotten Children Worldwide assists abandoned, vulnerable, and trafficked children around the world. They do it by safeguarding children from and lifting them out of extreme poverty while preventing them from falling victim to the evils of human trafficking. One of the ways that is done is through child sponsorship. For less than $1 per day,… Continue reading The Gift of Sponsorship

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Put A Smile On The Face Of A Child

There are few things greater in this world than the smile of a child.  Whether it is your son, daughter, niece, neighbor, or the child of a complete stranger, the smiles of children are precious.  As a father, I look forward to seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter of my two beautiful girls each and… Continue reading Put A Smile On The Face Of A Child

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Operation: Military Kids

There are approximately two million military kids in the United States.  These are children who have at least one parent active in the military.  They face many of the same challenges and stresses as their parents: frequent relocations, deployment, and reintegration.  Thankfully there are organizations that focus on these children.  We had the opportunity to… Continue reading Operation: Military Kids

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Stamping Out Hunger

Every May, letter carriers in cities all over the United States participate in the largest single-day food drive in the nation. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive involves thousands of Post Office branches, and mailmen and women, in all 50 states and Washington D.C.  Letter carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them… Continue reading Stamping Out Hunger

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Serving An Easter Meal

She sat alone, quietly waiting for her meal to be served.  She didn't have much.  Her clothes were tattered and worn.  The shoes on her feet had seen many nights and more than a few miles.  She looked at me intently as I handed her a small cup of fruit punch. "Thank you" she said with… Continue reading Serving An Easter Meal

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A Park Clean-Up To Recognize Service

This week we joined the mayor and 40 other volunteers at Klug Park to celebrate "Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service."  One thousand mayors around the country came together to recognize the importance of volunteerism and service in our communities.  This day of recognition was full of press conferences, cameras, publicity, and service.  We were there for… Continue reading A Park Clean-Up To Recognize Service

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Organized Chaos For A Great Cause

Every spring hundreds of people gather at the Mason Temple in downtown Fort Wayne to support a great cause.  They come together to support an organization that works tirelessly to end and prevent child abuse in our community.  The organization is SCAN (Stop Child Abuse & Neglect) and the event is the Brown Bag Lunch. SCAN… Continue reading Organized Chaos For A Great Cause

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A Little Free Library

Thirteen new libraries have popped up around our city over the last six months.  These libraries are making books available in the neighborhoods where children live and go to school.  Areas of our city that need books to help improve the literacy rates of children in need.   These libraries are not large brick buildings… Continue reading A Little Free Library

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A Second Chance is Everyone’s Business

For more than two years, Blue Jacket has been on our target list of organization's that we wanted to learn more about and volunteer with.  It is an organization that specializes in second chances.  And who doesn't need, and deserve, a second chance at some point in life?  We all do.  We all make mistakes.… Continue reading A Second Chance is Everyone’s Business

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Just Another Week

Two years ago during a week in February I did something that would change my life forever.  At the time, I was clueless to impact that action would have on me, the recipients of my act, and on the lives of hundreds, maybe thousands, of others.  You have heard the story before.  I have shared… Continue reading Just Another Week