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!

Sunday, June 28, 2020

HOW TO BE AN ACTIVE ALLY

Greetings,

Since you asked "How can I help?" I am taking the liberty to direct you to CHOOSE TO CARE's work during lockdown. Visit us at (choosetocaresite.org) and read our blog "Housebound And Hard At Work" to learn about projects we have worked on and ways you can be of service to the youth in need.

We are forever grateful for any choice you make, every little bit counts.


  1. Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of the total cost of the goods you purchase to Choose To Care(CTC).  Please register and choose the charity:CHOOSE TO CARE.  There is nothing charged to you! This is the link:Smile.Amazon.com/ch/35-2309289.
  2. Because of the Pandemic, we had to cancel our Annual Fundraising event that was set for April 2020. We have set-up a GoFundMY Charity. This is the link:https//charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/choose-to-cares-fighting-chance-benefit. Any amount is of value!
  3. I have created an online charity store that I have named BLOSSOM, the message to the youth "keep blooming" It is housed in another store, Jamboree Couture.  Right now it displays afrocentric goods that I purchased on my visit to Tanzania, last year.  These goods were made by women of the Masai tribe and the purchases provided a small income for the women and their families.  My plan is to purchase bits and pieces from groups who are struggling but have used their hands and skills to make eye catching goods.  Take a look, you may see something you like, if not for yourself, a gift for that special person. 100% of the purchases will be used for CTC and other youth oriented or environmentally friendly programs/projects.
          BLOSSOM - The Charity Store
          https://www.jamoriecouture.com/online-store/BLOSSOM-C39597727

           Stay Safe! Stay Hopeful!

           With Gratitude!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

A HEARTFELT THANK - YOU

Dear Supporters,

We have some exciting news!  As we get ready to hit the REFRESH button life, we at CHOOSE TO CARE(CTC) are preparing to continue our journey with our work for the youth; giving them a fighting chance in hopefully, a more just and sustainable world, where everyone is allowed to thrive.

We have been supporting Public School Teachers for years, but in March, CTC ambitiously set the goal of sponsoring a teacher's classroom project each month, going forward.  This we do through DONORS CHOOSE(donors choose.org); the organization that supports Public School Classroom project requests, nationwide.

Through your kindness and contribution to our GoFundMYCharity project, we are making progress.  This is a heart-felt thank you for supporting CTC, for investing in our mission to give resources that students need to develop and become empowered.  We are always honored to answer the teachers plea for their students well-being.

Our resounding mandate remains: The Children  -  Resources  -  A Fighting Chance

Thank You Everyone!

Yours In Health,

Paulette

Monday, June 8, 2020

HOUSE BOUND AND HARD AT WORK

There is so much happening  around us.  We dare not ignore the loud and commanding shout for justice and equity. I will continue to do what I am always moved to do, be part of the solution.
The youth is my focus, working to make sure that they have the resources they need for their education and development.

The action plan is to do what is possible within my means, effectively and consistently. This consist of working on projects, here at home and abroad; such as the most recent, called "the whole 9 yards" that was introduced to the young girls at a Technical School in the Gambia, West Africa, before the shutdown caused by Covid19.

We have linked with the organization , "The Pillars of Gambia" to:


  • Build 2 flushing toilets
  • Provide fans for the classroom
  • donate sewing materials
  • Give brand new pair of shoes & more
We are giving to requests made through "Donors Choose"the organization that seeks sponsorships for teachers' classroom projects.

We are increasing traffic to Blossom, the charity store, created to gain funds for the work we want to do with the youth.  Our competition held on 6/5 to 6/7 gave the purchaser the opportunity to enter a drawing to receive a $50.00 gift for a frontline worker or a charity of their own.

I will continue educating myself, giving deep thoughts to projects I take on to make life better for the youth in need; and keep hoping for better, knowing that all things are possible.

Thanks to all who are helping to contribute to make this happen, you are greatly appreciated.

Will keep you updated!