Friday, January 1, 2021

Getting Their Shine On

 Choose To Care (CTC), the organization that provides a brand new pair of shoes for the child in need seeks opportunities through Donors Choose, the organization that is rated the number one classroom funding site that answers public school teachers' request for a variety of resources for their classrooms.

In the year 2020 CTC fulfilled their promise to sponsor a classroom each month.  Quite simply we could not have done this without our supporters.  For 2021, although we may have doubts because of dwindling donations, we are going forward as if we know we will succeed and have a repeat performance.  We are driven to work for children. With that in mind, we will step courageously into 2021 with great ambition.

For the end of year, 2020, we have chosen along with other donors to sponsor Ms. Gabzdyl, Grades 3-5, Lafayette Elementary School, located in Seattle, Washington. This teacher said she has created a Maslow Closet, where she keeps supplies to care for the needs of her students, many of whom come from homes dealing with housing issues, food insecurity, and are improperly dressed, preventing them from doing their best. She requested comfortable shoes to keep their feet warm.

We want to be part of the creation of a world where every child is empowered to thrive. We can do more together, you hear over and over.  We have a new year approaching, to give a child a chance to a brighter future.  Thanks supporters, we are touched by your immense kindness.

A reminder to care for mother earth - Think Green!

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020


 The Nutritionists And Friends In Action(NAFIA) members gave their unwavering support and for that I am so grateful.  This forced pause has altered how we do business.  But what has not changed are the families struggling to make ends meet.  So NAFIA reset its compass and linked with a Social Worker and was led to a family of three in the Corona area, our old stomping ground, where our group provided numerous services to families in need.

 We gave funds for grocery shopping and through Choose To Care(CTC), the organization that provides a brand new pair of shoes for the youth in need, the family also received good fitting shoes.  And in CTC's fashion we  sent the messages to: Eat Well- Stay Fit- Grow Strong-Stay healthy to fight against diseases-Keep Mother Earth Green.

We wish the family happy times together!

Lots of joy and hope to you our supporters, for helping us to incorporate a charitable component to the holiday.

Prosperity for 2021 and beyond!

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Shoes Delivered With Cheers!

 "Obstacles are  those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals" HenryFord

We are thankful for the month of December!  Many schools nationwide are still utilizing the hybrid model of both in-person and at home instructions.  The students health and safety are of the utmost importance.

Donors Choose is the organization that makes it easy for anyone to assist a classroom in need, when teachers throughout the USA, submit project requests.

Although we are a speck in the landscape, Choose To Care(CTC) takes pride in keeping our monthly commitment to sponsor a public school teacher's request for much needed resources for their well-deserving students, the majority of whom are from low-income households.

Ms. Harris of Jim Hill High School, Jackson, Mississippi, has requested shoes for her grades 9-12 students under the title:These Shoes Were Made For Cheering"  She described the hardship they endure and we would like to put some spark in their lives. 

We are excited to be a sponsor for these deserving students and as we always do with each shoe distribution event, in our quest to help change lives, we promote: Eat Well * Stay Fit  * Grow Strong  * Stay healthy to fight against diseases  * A reminder to care for mother earth * To Think Green.  We are relying on you our supporters to spread the word.



Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!

Keeping In Gratitude!

Tuesday, November 24, 2020


 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!

Thursday, October 29, 2020


 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!


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