Tuesday, November 24, 2020

STITCHING TOGETHER OPPORTUNITIES

 The Pillars Of The Gambia was founded by a colleague who visited The Gambia,West Africa, saw the need and went to work.  Although a speck in the landscape, I am always ready to give a helping hand.  It is my belief that we can do more together.

The focus is on St. Peter's Skill Center, located in Lamin, The Gambia, where young women attend school for three years.  They learn to sew, receive computer classes and take other subjects, meant to give them a chance to create a livelihood.

The graduating class of 2021 has 16 students preparing to enter the working world and the Pillars Of Gambia is giving them a helping hand to add another tool in their tool belt, hoping they will feel empowered to thrive.

The Pillars Of Gambia has supplied sewing machines, sewing materials, good fitting shoes from my organization, CHOOSE TO CARE and other goods. The organization has also built two flushing toilets, introducing better sanitation for the aspiring dressmakers.

Our attention turns to the graduation class; proper certificates, gowns to be worn with pride and any additional kindness to make this a special day.  Most of the students have a great desire to own their own business.  We have presented a competition/task to them, asking that they write what they think it will take for them to become entrepreneurs. We would like them to use their energy and creativity to follow paths that can take them to the possibilities that await.  For their effort to set up this "business plan" there will be three prizes.  The winner will walk away with a sewing machine, the second and third prizes will receive small amounts of seed money for their dream to be business women.

We also want the students to know that opportunities will not be packaged and presented to them in a perfect way, most of the times; it takes hard work, sweat and sometimes tears.  But we are looking out for them, we have a passion to make a difference and hope they will view life through  more optimistic lens.


 These are small steps that can lead to big changes.

Our gratitude to our supporters!  The joy of service  lives on!

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Putting The "happy" In Their Lives

 BLOSSOM, the charity store was created to help organizations seeking resources for the youth in need and are actively involved in earth friendly projects.  The need for resources is great, here at home and abroad.  We will go anywhere!

So it was not a surprise when we got a request for help with resources in far away Burundi, East and Central Africa.  There is a dire need for benches for the kids to sit on in a school located in the Buramata Province in Burundi.  We got to work and was able to have  a substantial amount of benches made to bring comfort to the students.

Thanks supporters! Your purchases made this possible!

"Deeds of giving are the very foundations of the world" - Torah

Reminder: Do your part every chance you get to keep mother earth green!

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

THE JOY OF BEING OF SERVICE

 November is around the corner and so much on the horizon; but as important as the upcoming election is, we at Choose To Care(CTC) have remained focused and determined to keep our monthly commitment to sponsor a public school teacher's request through Donors Choose, the funding site for teachers.

For the month of November, CTC sponsored Mrs Almon's classroom project at Dwight-Beluzzi School, Hartford, CT.  She said,


"Please help keep our feet warm"  She wanted shoes to keep her students feet warm and dry, especially during the winter months.

The devoted teacher described her students as vibrant, hard workers, eager to learn and grow.  The project was created to help some of the students whose families are refugees and do not have the means to provide for their children fully.  These are difficult times and we at CTC are happy to help.

We are filled with gratitude for CTC supporters who make this possible, it means so much to us.

"Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it" Helen Keller

Peace & Love!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Cultivating A Kinder World

 We have welcomed another month.  And it is time again for Choose To Care (CTC) to assist a public school classroom, fulfilling its goal of making a monthly contribution for resources.  This is done through Donors Choose a teacher-funded nonprofit that supports classroom requests nationwide.

Mr. Frazier, the teacher of grades 6-8 at the Manatee School for the Arts, Palmetto, Florida; described his students as creative, dedicated, passionate and versatile in their talents. His theatre students are from low-income households and they need dance shoes that the families cannot provide.

I am honored to assist this dedicated and kindhearted teacher who is working with his students not only on their musical theatre performances but also to be better and more mindful members of society.

This is in memory of Mary Luz Montoya who loved to dance and would no doubt have done a happy dance over this good news. I wish you knew how much you were loved.  You will always be in my heart. Glad to have known you Mary Luz.

Rest In Peace


Thursday, September 10, 2020

In Your Honor

 When I made the commitment to sponsor a public school teacher's project request, each month, so that the students can obtain resources; I knew it may be difficult at times to attain that ambitious goal but I focused on the positive, with the mantra ringing in my head: "when there is a will there is a way."

Through Donors Choose, the organization that makes it easy for anyone to assist a classroom in need, when Public school teachers, nationwide submit project request; I have continued to meet Choose To Care's(CTC) promise and so very happy to be in this for the long haul.

For the month of September, CTC donated to a teacher's request titled: "shoes that feel good on our feet" This came from Mrs. G of Greenwood Elementary School, Florence, South Carolina.  This honorable teacher wanted comfortable pair of shoes for the kids in her classroom, shoes that fit and without holes.  She wanted shoes that feel good on their feet and makes them feel good inside.  This is certainly the mission of CTC and teachers deserve all the thanks in the world for their hard work and dedication to their students.

I am also honoring my dear friend who passed away suddenly, pulling many of us out of our balance. Lots of gratitude for her unwavering support. I savor the moments of solidarity and I appreciate her friendship.

Dearest Mary Luz,

You left this earth without fanfare and your absence has saddened us. But we have wiped away our tears, so we can see your indelible marks, scattered around us and read clearly, what the BOOK of LIFE has to say about you.  You were such a nourishing soul, from whom kindness and caring flowed, enriching our lives. We will miss your big heart.

You loved life and dancing brought you such joy. You seemed to be forever in motion, with all the right moves. Hips that don't lie, feet that never missed a beat.  And when you stare down on us, we will have the music ablaze with the volume, way up high; so you will hear our call and get another chance to put on your dancing shoes and join your circle of friends, in celebration of the difference you made.

We salute you Mary Luz!  

Your Grateful Friend!























































Saturday, August 22, 2020

Living In One Dwelling Called Earth

 Events happen that sometimes connect people who may otherwise never meet.  I lost my dear friend of many years who originally came from Haiti.  During her illness, the young woman who cared for her during her youth in Haiti, who had since build a life for herself in Haiti, temporarily left her family and traveled to the United States of America, to care for my friend.  This is how I met this devoted woman. We struck up a friendship, during the few times I saw her and years later I heard from her son.

The conversations with her son were always light, a little about his life, a little about mine.  Two strangers who only met through technology, called Whats-App.  He is now a college graduate seeking work, which as you and I know, is almost impossible to find during these troubling times of hardship. We are about to get creative with this job search and I threw in my penny's worth.

I boldly determined that a way the scholar can hone his skill is to use his learning and knowledge to help someone, someplace of his choice. He will also put together the cost of his time on this project if he was not a volunteer. He studied to be a web designer and developer.  The understanding is that he will not get anything for his service but the satisfaction that he has helped someone in need, which may be life changing for him and the persons receiving his assistance. 

If the young man follows through not only would he give a helping hand to someone in need but it would also be an opportunity to begin his portfolio of experience, which will be useful as he continues to seek a job.  This assignment was done with a purpose in mind and I can't wait to see the end results.  This humanitarian action will have such a powerful impact. I am so excited about the power of giving The earth needs as much care as it can get from its fellow dwellers.

"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply.Being willing is not enough; we must do." Leonardo de Vinci

As an avid volunteer, giving back, paying forward, always leave me feeling inspired and renewed. I do hope this young man will answer the call.

Living With Gratitude

                                

Monday, July 20, 2020

WE ARE BLOOMING

It is the moment we have been waiting for! There is so much to celebrate!
Here's some good news! Choose TO Care (CTC)  has reached its Go Fund My Project goal, and we owe it all to you, our great and generous supporters.  This gives us more strength to work even harder to provide resources for the youth in need; that will empower them to thrive.

Our mission is more urgent now than ever. We are on a good path each month, to fulfill our plan of sponsoring a Public School Teacher's classroom request, through Donors Choose, the organization that provides this assistance, to Public Schools, nationwide.

As the quotation goes: "Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul"  You have stood up for the youth in times of crisis.  We thank you from the bottom of our heart.


The Nutritionist And Friends In Action(NAFIA)team has come together to push harder for the welfare of the children; we will not only send resources, but also health and wellness messages, through their teachers. We are dedicating ourselves to give them the chance to live a life of good health. We are diligently working to coordinate messages to put our plan into action. More to come!

Yours in health!