This past month went fast and our Comments for a Cause – Corolla Wild Horse Fund – was one that brought several new readers to the blog. Welcome and thanks to all who joined in on commenting to help raise a bit of awareness for this magnificent organization. If you missed out on the particulars of what CWHF does just click here and read a quick post that recaps their mission with the wild horses on the beaches in Corolla.
It was a great month for comments and after adding them all up Chris and I will be making a donation of $250 to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund to help with their ongoing work. How exciting is that? Special thanks to Dianna who blogs at These Days of Mine for all of the information and spectacular pictures that she allowed me to use to complete my post. Please consider if you would like to make your own donation to the fund by clicking here to donate online directly.
And now a drum roll please…
Sometimes the best ideas for Comments for a Cause recipients come from my family and in July I am thrilled to be helping my niece Carla do something fabulous for her students. Carla is a school-based clinician for North Community Counseling Center in Columbus, Ohio. She works primarily at Hubbard Mastery School which is one of the Columbus City Schools elementary schools.
Carla saw a need and is trying to do something to help some of the students that she serves. In her own words:
I had been contemplating doing something for the students for a while and since I am there pretty much all day every school day, I started to notice a need for extra clothing and toiletries. We keep a clothing closet and get donations occasionally for that (not often enough), but we do not have a supply of toiletries. A great many of the students’ families receive some sort of assistance (food stamps usually). Having worked with some of these families for 2 years now, I know the food stamps aren’t enough to last all month. These families are hungry and when it comes down to milk or soap, milk wins. This is just one little way I could help. I am focusing on the older grades (5th and 6th) because hygiene becomes more important with puberty and with increased social awareness. There is no reason any child should be picked on because they don’t have shampoo. Let’s get them some shampoo. And deodorant.
Initially, I would like to gather enough items to supply approximately 120 kits to be available at the start of the 2018-2019 school year. However, that will only be enough to get started. I would love to continue collecting to provide “refills” to the kits throughout the school year. My goal is full-sized bottles rather than sample or travel size so that the items last longer.
Isn’t this a wonderful idea? I am so proud of Carla for all that she is doing to help make life better for some of these students and to be able to support a toiletry drive is the perfect way to reach out. I plan to give Carla the cash from Comments for a Cause so that she can purchase items that she may be short on by the time the school year starts.
Carla has created a great Amazon Wish List that I have shopped from and I would love to allow any of my readers who might want to purchase items on their own to be donated to have access to that list. If you would like to purchase anything from her list simply click here to go to the list. Once you put items in your cart and go to check out the option to ship directly to her will come up so you do not need to put in any address information. I know she would love to get a few surprise boxes of toiletries to add to her growing stash. 120 kits is a lot of kits.
July will be a fabulous month in many ways, don’ t you think? Family picnics, celebrations, cookouts and time in the great outdoors will be activities that many of us will enjoy. Add to that our Comments for a Cause Toiletry Drive and it will be an incredible month. For every comment made on any post during the month Chris and I will donate 50 cents to help buy supplies for Carla’s Toiletry Drive. Want an easy way to make a difference? Leave a comment. I try to write at least 5 blog posts a week and have a huge number of previous posts so it is an easy way to read, leave a comment and make a difference one comment at a time.
Special thanks to Carla for creating this great project and making a difference in her corner of the world.