Child Hunger Ends Here! #ChildHunger

I was so excited when the opportunity was presented to me to work with ConAgra, P&G, and HEB to help end child hunger with their campaign Child Hunger Ends Here! It means a lot to me that these companies have taken an interest in helping to stop childhood hunger because childhood hunger hits close to home. I was a victim of childhood hunger myself. I came from a middle class family with plenty of money and a beautiful home, then one day everything changed.

Most people don’t know that part of my childhood (including most of my family and best friends) because it’s not something I am very proud. When I was a teenager my Mom was laid off and couldn’t find a job, soon the money would run out and suddenly we found ourselves homeless. We lived with my grandfather for a few weeks until my Dad could find us a temporary place to live. I was in a strange city and an hour away from everything I knew and all of my friends. Then to top it all off within a few weeks my Dad was laid off too. 

Suddenly, we found ourselves without any income, no groceries, bills we couldn’t pay, and a lot of hopelessness. It seemed like we went from riches-to-rags over night. I was too young to work and my parents were struggling to find work. I remember the cupboards being empty and dinner was a bowl of dry air popped popcorn. I remember being so sad and scared, but the sadness only got worse…

My parents, in shame, went to the local food pantry for help, what they came home with was deplorable. I remember my Mom unloading the small bag of groceries only to find a few fruit pies that were well past their expiration and smashed, a few cans of vegetables, and a loaf of bread that looked like someone had sat on it. What made it even worse was there wasn’t even anything to put on the bread… just bread. I remember going to my room and crying because I was scared and I didn’t know what to do or what was going to happen to us.  

This nightmare caused great tension in our home and among my parents. My life was in a tailspin and I didn’t know how to change it. My Mom took a job that was paying peanuts, and I rarely saw her. My Dad on the other hand started drinking away the little bit of money my Mom was making because he couldn’t deal with his failures. My parent would eventually give up and get divorced and I would end up with an eating disorder. It was a horrible time in my life, and something I repress as often as possible. I wouldn’t wish hunger on anyone…

From the outside we “looked” like the perfect family but in the inside we were hungry and there was no one there to help. Clearly the food pantry was no help but in their defense they probably didn’t have anything to give! If people don’t donate, then the food pantries has no way of helping those in need.


More than one in five children, including more than one in four Latino children, in the U.S. may not know where their next meal is coming from. That’s nearly 16 million children, a number that could fill 8,000 playgrounds.


Children who experience even intermittent struggles with hunger may suffer serious, long-term consequences to their health, well-being and educational achievement. What’s more, being hungry robs kids of the promise of childhood – the ability to play, grow and learn.

ConAgra Foods, finds this unacceptable. That’s why they are partnering with P&G to build a community of people to make a difference and help donate up to 7 million meals through the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign.


Enter Codes to Trigger Donations:
  • It’s easy to make a difference: Look for the red pushpin on participating product packaging for a code found on these specially marked ConAgra Foods and P&G products. For each 8-digit code entered at www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com from March-August 2014, ConAgra Foods or P&G, respectively, will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America.

Join the Community and Get Involved:

  • One of the easiest ways to learn how to get involved is to join the Child Hunger Ends Here Facebook community at Facebook.com/ChildHungerEndsHere or follow the news on Twitter and Instagram at @ChildHungerEnds.

Local Texas Donations:

  • ConAgra Foods and P&G are donating an additional 100,000 meals to local Texas food banks on behalf of H-E-B, in appreciation for their partnership to end child hunger.

Deals at H-E-B for ConAgra Foods Products and P&G Products Eligible for Child Hunger Ends Here Code Entry:


I am so excited to be a part of this great campaign. Please join us in helping donate up to 7 million meals through the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. This is a great cause that will help so many people in need. Put yourself in the shoes of these children. Like you these children don’t want to go to bed hungry tonight!

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Are You Addressing Your Heart?

My husband and I both come from families that have been plagued with heart disease and even worse we both lost our fathers to heart attacks. With that being said we value our hearts and the hearts of our family.

It’s important to us to be heart healthy because we don’t want what happened to our fathers to happen to us and we think it’s important to pass that on to our children.
So how do we stay heart healthy? We eat right and we exercise. We live life to the fullest and we make sure to take care of each other. We take care of each other by watching our salt, fat, and calorie intake.

Campbell’s, alone with the American Heart Associate, has come up a few recipes that are “American Heart Association Certified Recipes” because they want your family to stay heart healthy too.

Check out some of our favorite heart healthy Campbell’s Recipes and while you are looking around click here to get Money Saving Coupons and Special Offers from Campbell’s.

Visit AddressYourHeart.com to get heart-healthy tips, including 21 Campbell’s recipes that are certified by the AHA and product coupons, as well as Facebook.com/campbellskitchen for the latest Campbell’s recipes and offers.


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Green Giant: Raise a Giant

Green Giant® knows it takes a lot more to raise a healthy child then just getting them to eat their vegetables. Kids these days live in a world that is bigger and scarier than the world we grew up in, and they need help and encouragement to navigate that world with confidence and pride.

Unfortunately one of the hardest things kids have to deal with is bullying. When a child is bullied by a peer it can turn his or her life into a daily gauntlet of fear and anxiety.

That’s why Green Giant® is partnering with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and We Day Minnesota to help parents Raise A Giant and put a stop to bullying in their community.

What Does it Mean To Be A Giant?
Being a giant isn’t about being the biggest or the best. Being a giant means standing up for others. It means lending a hand to those who are in trouble and speaking up for those who sometimes find it hard to speak up for themselves.

Studies show that an effective way to stop bullying is for kids to simply speak up and say, “That’s not okay” when they see bullying happening.
But asking kids to have the courage to stand up to bullying is a tall order and that’s why they need our help.

How Do You Raise A Giant?
We’re asking parents to write a letter to their kids telling them how special they are and encouraging them to be part of the bullying prevention solution by being a giant.

To get started parents can visit our community at RaiseAGaint.com and read the letters others have written.

Here is my letter to our Princess:

Dear Princess:

I know that it’s not easy growing up today. It seems that every generation faces more and more conflict and has more pressure put on them than the next. The one thing that never seems to change is bullying. I remember when I was your age the pain I felt when I was bullied.

Nothing hurt me more than having children I had to go to school with everyday call me names and hurt my feelings as often as they could. I have no doubt the pain they saw in my eyes only encouraged them more.
I would like to say that the child that is bullied eventually gets over it, but in my case I don’t think I ever have. I still hear the words and it still makes me just as sad as it did when I was in school. You are at an impressionable age as are all of the other children you go to school with. The words you use can sometimes leave lasting scares that, although you may not see them, they are still there.

I caution you to think before you speak and I caution you to use words that heal not words that hurt. No one person is the same. Just because someone looks different, sounds different, or isn’t just like you, does not give you the right to hurt that person.  No one has any right to hurt someone else.
Instead I hope that you will be the one who stands up for that person, and befriends them, or I hope you are the person that leads the way to help stop this from happening in the future. Diversity is what makes us each special and it’s what makes our world a great place to live in. Can you imagine how boring life would be if we were all exact copies? Imagine every person wearing the same clothes, the exact same hair color, the same exact everything… yep life would be boring!

You are an amazing person that has a bright future ahead. I hope that you can use some of the gifts that God gave you to help other people. Sometimes the person we least expect to need a friend is the one that is hurting for one the most. Stand up and be a friend!

I encourage you and your community to join PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, Green Giant and Colie’s Kitchen in writing your own letters to your children and posting them at RaiseAGiant.com 

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Spread the Word about Labeling GMOs! #yeson522 #labelsmatter

Today I am asking you to stand up and fight for GMO labeling!

So what are GMO’s?  GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.
Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights. (NonGMOProject)

I don’t think this could have come at a better time than breast cancer awareness month! GMO’s are liked to breast cancer, organ failure, and tumors (if you have a weak stomach don’t look at this link) this is just a drop in the bucket as to the damage that GMO’s cause. It’s time that we as Americans stand up for what is right and stand up against a government that is allowing us to be poisoned for no other reason than they can.

I-522 could change the way our food is labeled but we need everyone’s help to make it happen!!

In a few short weeks Washington voters will have a historic opportunity to make labeling of genetically engineered food a reality by voting yes on I-522, the GMO labeling initiative. If you have care about eating healthy, the environment, and our right to know what we are feeding our families, we need your help to reach these voters on this critical issue!
Labeling GMO foods is one of the first important steps we need to take to protect our right to know what we are buying and eating and move forward towards a healthier, more sustainable food system. Despite polls showing 93% of Americans want GMO food labeled, giant chemical and junk food companies like Monsanto are trying to buy this election by pouring millions of dollars into a deceptive ad campaign to confuse voters.
I-522 is very important to me because I feel if my family had a better understanding of what they have been eating and how they have been poisoned for years than some of my family would be healthier and some would might still be alive today.
It’s important to me and to my entire family to have a better understanding of our food and our health. It’s important that we have a right to choose. If the US government is refusing to remove GMO’s from our food entirely than they should at least give us the right to have an informed decision as to what we want to eat.
Please stand with Colie’s Kitchen in an effort to tell Washington DC that we want I-522 Passed! Please Visit www.yeson522.com for more information. 
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! #CancerSucks

October is Breast Cancer awareness month. My Mom just celebrated her one year anniversary since having the tumor in her breast removed. October means a lot more to me now. I would like to urge you to donate if you can. CLICK HERE to donate!

Progress in the Fight Against Breast Cancer 
Since 1982, Komen has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer – transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors. We are proud of our contribution to some real victories:
  • More early detection and effective treatment– Currently, about 70 percent of women 40 and older receive regular mammograms, the single most effective screening tool to find breast cancer early.  Since 1990, early detection and effective treatment have resulted in a 33 percent decline in breast cancer mortality in the U.S.  
  • More hope – In 1980, the 5-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer (cancer confined to the breast) was about 74 percent. Today, that number is 99 percent. 
  • More research – The federal government now devotes more than $850 million each year to breast cancer research, treatment and prevention (compared to $30 million in 1982).  
  • More survivors – Currently, there are about 3 million breast cancers survivors, the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S. 

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! #CancerSucks

October is Breast Cancer awareness month. My Mom just celebrated her one year anniversary since having the tumor in her breast removed. October means a lot more to me now. I would like to urge you to donate if you can. CLICK HERE to donate!

Progress in the Fight Against Breast Cancer 
Since 1982, Komen has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer – transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors. We are proud of our contribution to some real victories:
  • More early detection and effective treatment– Currently, about 70 percent of women 40 and older receive regular mammograms, the single most effective screening tool to find breast cancer early.  Since 1990, early detection and effective treatment have resulted in a 33 percent decline in breast cancer mortality in the U.S.  
  • More hope – In 1980, the 5-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer (cancer confined to the breast) was about 74 percent. Today, that number is 99 percent. 
  • More research – The federal government now devotes more than $850 million each year to breast cancer research, treatment and prevention (compared to $30 million in 1982).  
  • More survivors – Currently, there are about 3 million breast cancers survivors, the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S. 

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Wendy’s Father’s Day Frosty Weekend! #FirstFrosty



Happy Father’s Day everyone!!!

I have always loved Father’s Day! Each year I would try to do something creavtive with my Dad for his special day. He always loved the varity and changes each year. The only thing that didn’t change was where we had dessert each year! Are you looking for someplace to take Dad for dessert on Father’s Day? How about to Wendy’s? 

There couldn’t be a better time to take Dad out for a Frosty than this weekend!!! 50 cents from each Frosty purchase will be donated to the Dave ThomasFoundation for Adoption on Father’s Day weekend (June 15 & 16). These donations will be used to benefit the cause of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, which is a program that helps foster children in need find great homes. 

HOW DO I DONATE?

  • There are a couple different ways to donate! Facebook and Twitter – Use the hashtag #FirstFrosty and share your first Frosty memories. For each story, image or video, Wendy’s will donate $1, up to $50,000. 
  • Go to Wendy’s – For each Frosty purchased on June 15-16, Wendy’s will donate 50 cents to DTFA. Any Frosty purchase counts! Even their newest product, the Frosty Waffle Cone! YUM!

What Dad wouldn’t love a trip to Wendy’s for dessert?



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Wendy’s Father’s Day Frosty Weekend! @DTFA #TreatItFwd


As you know, today is Father’s Day! Though you may still be searching for that perfect gift for dad, Wendy’s has something that you can all do together to help other families! And it’s yummy, too!

Now through Father’s Day, anyone can help children in foster care find permanent, loving homes. Continuing its Father’s Day Frosty Weekend tradition for the sixth year in a row, Wendy’s is inviting customers to help raise money for Wendy’s Wonderful Kids. This signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is dedicated to finding permanent adoptive families for children in foster care. Here’s what you need to know:

Who: Everyone! And dad, too!

What: Help Wendy’s make a big donation to Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, the signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption that is dedicated to finding permanent adoptive families for children in foster care. They want to beat last year’s $1.4 million donation! Let’s help them get there!

When: Father’s Day Weekend (June 16 – 17)

How: There are three ways to donate:

  1. Buy any Frosty product: On Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, for each Frosty product purchased, participating Wendy’s will donate 50-cents to Wendy’s Wonderful Kids. (includes the original, parfaits, shakes and floats).
  2. Use a mobile-friendly website to check in at Wendy’s: Wendy’s will donate 50-cents for every customer that checks in at Wendy’s restaurants during Father’s Day Weekend (June 16 and 17 only) using Wendy’s special mobile-friendly website found at www.wendys.com/treatitforward.
  3. Re-tweet: Now through Father’s Day, re-tweet one of @Wendys special Twitter posts with the hashtag #TreatItFwd—and Wendy’s will make a 50-cent donation. You can follow @Wendys on Twitter at https://twitter.com/wendys.

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Wendy’s Father’s Day Frosty Weekend! @DTFA #TreatItFwd

Guess What It’s That Time Again! It’s Wendy’s Father’s Day Frosty Weekend!  50-cents from each Wendy’s Frosty purchase will be donated to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA, http://davethomasfoundation.org/) on Father’s Day weekend (June 16 & 17). These donations will be used to benefit the cause of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, which is a program that helps foster children in need find great homes. 


HOW DO I DONATE?

There are so many ways to donate! Check them out and be sure to pass them on!

1. Buy any Frosty product: On Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, for each Frosty product purchased, participating Wendy’s will donate 50-cents to Wendy’s Wonderful Kids. This signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is dedicated to finding permanent adoptive families for children in foster care. (includes the original, parfaits, shakes and floats)

2. Use a mobile-friendly website to check in at Wendy’s: Wendy’s will donate 50-cents for every customer that checks in at Wendy’s restaurants during Father’s Day Weekend (June 16 and 17 only) using Wendy’s special mobile-friendly website found at 
www.wendys.com/treatitforward.

3. Re-tweet: Now through Father’s Day, customers can re-tweet one of @Wendys special Twitter posts with the hashtag #TreatItFwd. Wendy’s will make a 50-cent donation for each designated re-tweet made from Treat it Forward.

 


*Please Tweet Any Of These Messages And Wendy’s Will Make a 50-cent Donation*

– That’s right – @Wendys Father’s Day Frosty Weekend is almost here! RT if you are excited and to donate 50¢ to the @DTFA #TreatItFwd
– #TreatItFwd this weekend when you stop by @Wendys – buy a Frosty to help children in foster care find loving adoptive homes.
– Don’t forget Father’s Day this weekend! Celebrate w/ a cause. RT TODAY @Wendys donate 50¢ to help children in foster care #TreatItFwd

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Please Help Us Help TaylorsGift.org @taylorsgift #TeamEscaladeTX #TeamGift

I feel like I have been given an extraordinary gift of being able to share Taylor’s Gift with all of Colie’s Kitchen readers.  I have watched so many videos that were made by Taylor and her friends that I actually feel like I know her. Not only was Taylor a beautiful girl with an expressive face, shocking blue eyes, and a funny personality, but she was also a friend to many, and a gift to the world.

This amazing young lady lost her life during a skiing accident in Colorado when she was only one month shy of her 14th birthday. Although Taylor was taken from this world much too soon she was able to save five lives through organ donation. Her parents were asked if they were willing to donate Taylor’s organs in hopes of saving other people’s lives. Through their generous donation Taylor continues to live on through five other people.

The Storch family launched Taylor’s Gift, a foundation dedicated to increasing organ donation awareness to re-gift life, renew health and restore families. Taylor’s story has touched millions of hearts all over the country and the world, especially after national television audiences witnessed an emotional moment when Taylor’s mom Tara was able to hear Taylor’s heart beating inside the woman whose life she saved.


Taylor’s Gift is among 6 charities competing over 5 weeks for a $150K advertising budget.  The charity that receives the most votes on the Cadillac dealership page will win the prize.  Please help us help Taylor’s Gift receives the most votes! $150K in advertising will go a long way to save many lives! CLICK HERE (It cost you nothing but a click!!)


Please visit Houston Area Cadillac Dealers  to vote! Your quick click could save a life!
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