“The biggest win for these lottery winners”

As the Beatles song goes “Money can’t buy me love”.  Canadian lottery winners Allen and Violet Large have decided that these large winnings are a headache. Their hearts are Larger than their winnings.

it brought them anxiety over the prospect that “crooked people” might take advantage of them. Several people called them out of the blue to ask for money when the news first broke that they’d won the jackpot. So they began an $11 million donation spree to get rid of it and help others, the Chronicle Herald reports:

They took care of family first and then began delivering donations to the two pages’ worth of groups they had decided on, including the local fire department, churches, cemeteries, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, hospitals in Truro and Halifax, where Violet underwent her cancer treatment, and organizations that fight cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. Those are just a few groups that have benefited by their good fortune and good will.

Great examples of how just one or two people can potentially make life long improvements in their community and the lives of so many.
They kept  only 2 percent of the money for a rainy day.


Why?

“It made us feel good,” said Violet “and so much good being done with that money.””That money that we won was nothing,” her tearful husband, Allen, told Patricia Brooks Arenburg of the Nova Scotia Chronicle Herald. “We have each other.”

They have not spent one cent on ourselves because they have been too busy getting everything looked. Their other main focus is Violet’s heath.

As Violet says, “We live in the country and we’re proud of it. Money can’t buy you health or happiness.”

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“Baby falls into dr. arms”

If ever the winds of fate, the blessing of the heavens, good luck -call it what you like, but this is one very blessed child.

A French good Samaritan saved a Parisian toddler from certain death this week. The toddler fell from a seventh story apartment window into the arms of a stranger below. This stranger is a medical doctor and was alerted to the fall by his son.

Thanks and praise goes out to the doctor and his son for saving the child’s life. The little girl was playing unattended with her siblings when she fell out the window.

After a checkup at the local northern Paris city hospital, she was released. Amazingly, she did not even get a scratch!

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“Start a CookShop in your city pass on the heart of success to families everywhere”

Truly this is a grassroots effort and a perfect example of People Helping People.
The CookShop a government sponsored program is the core nutrition education program of the Food Bank For New York City. It gives low-income children, adults and teens the knowledge and tools to adopt and enjoy a healthy diet on a limited budget. With hands-on workshops it reaches more than 28,000 New Yorkers across all five boroughs,

CookShop teaches cooking skills and nutrition information and fosters enthusiasm for fresh, affordable fruits, vegetables and other whole foods.

The goals of the CookShop are:

  • provides people with basic survival tools and solid nutritional support each person
  • gives each teen and adult a chance to help themselves and their families
  • helps decrease childhood hunger,
  • helps decrease obesity, and diet-related disease in neighborhoods where household income is low, access to healthy foods is limited, and rates of obesity and diet-related disease are high.

CookShop, gives the trainers the education, ongoing technical support, complete curriculum materials and all of the food, supplies and equipment needed for cooking lessons and class activities.

It uses hands-on exploration and cooking activities to helps create interesting activities that can be shared with their children,  while all enjoy  eating healthy foods,

CookShop Classroom is used in approximately 1,300 public elementary and after-school classes.”

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Excerpts courtesy of  http://bit.ly/9VBr2R

Video courtesy of  YOUTUBE AND COOKSHOP

“The traveling bottle mandolin will you be the next to play it?

The Journey of the Peoples Mandolin
Visit the blog at drtombibey.wordpress.com
This is one very cool doc. He claims to only be an old country doc, but he is a bluegrass music man from way back . Dr. B has his patients call him has even had the same staff for 40 years!
But his love of the mandolin and bluegrass are only superceeded by his medical mystery writing ability.
I must  say his new medical mystery book The Mandolin Case kept me entertained on my last training trip. It was hard to put down at night.
But back to this story, the Mandolin’s Journey.

Sending out his beloved mandolin is his version of being a dreamer, paying it forward. The bottle shaped mandolin is free floating in the universe. Not knowing whose hands would enjoy it next or who would wind up with it. It is on a five year journey and is scheduled to return to MerleFest in 2015.

When it returns ( in good shape), Gabrielle Gray at the International Bluegrass Music Museum (www.bluegrass-museum.org ) plans to put it there as an exhibit. it belongs to the people. It is scheduled to return to MerleFest in 2015.

If you are one of the lucky ones that receive the mandolin, Dr. B asks that you send in your documentation, Any who receives the bottle shaped mandolin would put on its case  a regional sticker  to promote your geographic area or your favorite band.Then e-mail him at tom.bibey@yahoo.com with you-tube links or pictures.  He’ll post them here on the website or on hisblog (drtombibey.wordpress.com) to document the mandolin’s travels. If my mandolin shows up at your favorite festival maybe a picture of you holding it beside a banner to promote your event would help your cause.

Send in your documentation; your images might end up being part of the permanent display in the Museum.

You can read more on this at drtombibey.wordpress.com .

Next post Dr. B’s “The Madolin Case”.

Y’all watch for The People’s Mandolin at a venue near you.

“Help children get the nutrition they need”

  • Tell U.S. Congress

The Child Nutrition Act can only be reauthorized once every five years.

This is a re-authorization year — and with 1 in 4 children struggling with hunger and 1 in 3 children obese or overweight,

the Child Nutrition Re-authorization could not come at a more critical time.

At least 128 national organizations concerned with the health and welfare of children are joining together to call on Congress to pass a strong child nutrition bill (S. 3307/H.R. 5504). This legislation would strengthen programs like school meals, WIC (supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children), and summer and after-school feeding programs.

If a Child Nutrition Bill is not passed millions of children will miss out on improved access to the nutritious food they need to learn and grow.

Tell Congress that America’s children can’t wait — pass stronger nutrition legislation now.

Click here to help.

“Most memorable lacrosse game of their lives”

As reported by sports columnist George Diaz at OrlandoSentinel.com, the Winter Springs girls lacrosse team played a special scrimmage at halftime of the Winter Springs junior varsity football game on Wednesday night. The Bears varsity squad challenged their JV counterparts in an off season special half time exibition.

What was the special occasion for this scrimmage months out of season on short notice? There was one special spectator at the game, Carl Defoe, a middle-aged man devoid of body hair after five rounds of chemotherapy, cheering on his daughter for the first — and in all likelihood, the last — time in his life.

Defoe is dying of lung cancer, and he knows that he doesn’t have much time left — six weeks, eight weeks, maybe more. The  cancer has spread from his one remaining lung to his brain stem and spinal cord. While Defoe insists that he isn’t done fighting the disease yet, the one thing that left him most anguished was knowing he’d never get to see his daughter, Heather, play in a high school lacrosse game.

Somehow the Winter Springs High School administration heard about Defoe’s last wish. The school quickly sprung into action, contacting the notoriously rigid Florida High School Activities Association to ask for special approval to hold a one-time, out-of-season lacrosse scrimmage. Amazingly, the FHSAA approved the request almost instantly, with one condition: They wanted a photo from the game.

So, on Wednesday, at halftime of the Winter Springs junior varsity football game against Oviedo High School, the two girls lacrosse squads faced off in a brisk, seven-minute scrimmage. Heather Defoe played for the varsity squad instead of the junior varsity team she’s scheduled to play with this spring … and she scored three goals.

Then, when it was all over, the two teams gathered around a happy man in a wheelchair, posed for cameras and the whole special event was gone, over as quickly as it had come.

Gone, but not forgotten by anyone there, not least of all Carl himself. If there were ever questions of whether sports can change a person’s outlook on life, they should be quieted by what Carl Defoe told Diaz just after the scrimmage wrapped up.

“I feel lucky,” Defoe said.

People Helping People make a better world. -Thank you George Diaz for these touching story.

” World peace day shared in song and words of compassion from around the world”

On Peace Day it seems only fitting that we share some of the world’s favorite songs and words of peace, compassion and inspiration are shared with you. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do.


Somewhere over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawlwo’ole

Give peace a chance – John Lennon

Namaste Ya Az’m Dance of Universal Peace – dance of peace to do with your children

Compassion as the roots of peace by the Dalai Lama of Tibet

“Game designer hero+his gaming community deliver”

Stand and deliver that is what Brian Wood lead designer for Relic Entertainment did as the vehcile approached and he braked hard and cut a sharp right turn. He saved his wife and unborn child from certain death.

Brian spent his life thrilling millions of Relic Entertainment gamers.  It was payback time for the gamers and they have  given Erin Wood a new support system to lighten her heavy heart at this time. The gamers who Brian worked to please have now rallied to support his grieving  widow.

A memorial trust was set up within days of the accident. Countless game developers, journalists and fans posted links on Twitter and Facebook, leading to literally thousands of supportive comments, messages and financial donations, prompting Erin Wood to send an open letter to the gaming community to popular game blog Kotaku.

To help Erin and baby, please visit the Brian Wood Memorial Trust .

Bless everyone who took the time to show their support for such a selfless act. -Staff of CMA

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Excerpts courtesy of   http://yhoo.it/9txAEK

“Life line to Southern Az schools -Tools for Schools”

World Care and our efforts in providing humanitarian assistance to the local community and abroad. Here are a few World Care updates.

Tools for Schools 2010 -People Helping People

World Care, Tucson, Arizona has  provided disadvantaged Southern Arizona students and financially strapped teachers with the supplies necessary to begin a successful school year.
World Care Teacher Days allowed teachers from multiple districts to request school supplies for their classrooms and pick them up at our headquarters.  138 teachers received school packs, alleviating the need for them to purchase supplies with their own money, which has become a common problem in education during this financial crisis.

School administrators also utilized Tools for Schools to gain materials for all of their teachers and students.  1,939 pounds of supplies were picked up by principals to be given to teachers and students at their schools.  In addition to the supplies donated to teachers, World Care also assembled student school packs.  The supplies were organized at our headquartersand 199 pounds were distributed to students grades K-12.

In July and August, World Care also donated 67 refurbished computers to schools and low income students.

Tools For Schools has supplied this year:

School Pack Recipients:
139 teachers
74 schools
5,000 students

Total= 3,772 lbs.

Thanks World Care for your continued support of people in crisis whether in ‘AZ or the world.

"Continuous CPR-save a life"

Learn Sarver Heart Center’s Continuous Chest Compression CPR

Every three days, more Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest than the number who died in the 9-11 attacks.

You can lessen this recurring loss by learning Continuous Chest Compression CPR, a hands-only CPR method that doubles a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest. It’s easy and does not require mouth-to-mouth contact, making it more likely bystanders will try to help, and it was developed at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Continue reading “"Continuous CPR-save a life"”