“It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Empower Yourself to Change the News.
March 24th, 2016 Edition

Brussels.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.  -Eleanor Roosevelt

Well, we’re going to beat this, peeps, but it’s pretty unspeakable in the meantime. This week saw two coordinated attacks in Brussels, killing over 30 people (including some U.S. citizens) and wounding more than 230. This came just days after the arrest of the main remaining suspect in the Paris bombings, and is also possibly in response to concerted raids to find suspected ISIS peeps in Belgium. Here’s a couple of awesome ways YOU can help.

INSANE WEEK.
No time for partying.

These bombings happened in mass transit centers, which means serious disaster relief is needed. Enter Foundation 4 Peace – an org founded by two parents after their 12 year old son was killed by a shrapnel bomb in Warrington, England. This amazing group provides phone counseling – both immediate and long term – for victims of disasters. Their goal is to help people cope and recover, decreasing time and help needed to overcome the trauma they’ve witnessed. It’s pretty rad. Check them out and help them help Brussels here.

THROW IT MY WAY.
I’m ready to do this.

We’re all in this ball together, peeps, and we either hang together or we fall apart. That’s kind of what Aina’s all about – let’s all reach out and touch someone else’s life, right when they need it the most, because lord knows we’ve all needed that hand in our life, too. So our project this week doesn’t involve sewing or crochet or kits. Nope, this week we’re just asking you to reach out and tell our fellow humanity in Brussels that they’re not alone. How can you do that? Grab that phone of yours, take a picture that expresses your solidarity, and post it on a Brussels group wall. Deets here.

Well, No one said the macaroni was going to be awesome.

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

So the past two weeks have seen a couple of high-vis cases of prisoners – some begging to be put in prison, others not so much. Let’s begin with El Chapo. Oh, El Chapo, you’re the rainbowest dream of every journalist. From your daring shower tunnel escape to your interview with Sean Penn (what was that???) to your current begging to be put into U.S. prisons (apparently the Mexican guards are annoyed you escaped), you are quite entertaining. And we’re glad you’re back in jail. We’re also glad this dude is behind bars – Salah Abdeslam, the last suspect in the Paris bombings. Well done, security peeps. In honor of the week’s news of prisoners, we thought we’d bring you two ways to help out with the prison population – because isn’t the whole point to get them to where they can make better decisions so they don’t go BACK to jail? Check it out below.

THROW IT MY WAY.
I’m ready to do this.

So being in prison has to be tough enough, but getting out of prison and being a MOM and having to pick yourself back up and take care of your kids (most likely on your own) and not fall back into life as you knew it before?  That’s ridiculous. I’m not going to lie, there have been days of kid watching when I’ve been pretty sure I’m going to end up in prison by the end of the day. So there’s this amazing org we found that’s helping those moms piece their lives back together. And now you can help, too. Deets here.

INSANE WEEK.
No time for partying.


What’s one of the best ways to expand your mind? Why, reading, of course. Lots and lots of reading. And if you’re in prison, you’ve got a heck of a lot of time on your hands. Free time can mean bad news bears, or it can mean a great opportunity to grow up a bit. Enter the Prison Book Program, an awesome org that donates books to prisoners. You can help them out in two ways – by donating books of your own or by tossing them some money so they can buy them for you. Either way everyone wins.


It’s All About the Community

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

March 21st was World Down Syndrome day, and in honor of all of the amazing and special people in our lives, we thought we’d highlight some orgs that are helping the special needs community. And we’re giving you a few ways to reach out that hand, too. Happy March, our fave peeps, we hope you’re welcoming Spring and keeping the fires of hope burning. Have fun making a project for good this week, and shout back our way :).

THROW IT MY WAY.
I’m ready to do this.

Well frankly we couldn’t love this organization more. Achievement Centers for Children helps special needs kiddos in education, therapy, and getting them involved – especially in sports. Currently my kiddos are reading Ugly, a book that I could not recommend more, and it shows the incredible importance of all of these services. Not only that, but Achievement Centers helps support the family, too. So awesome. And we have an awesome way you can be a part of it. Get all the deets here.

INSANE WEEK.
No time for partying.

The Arc has been around forever, and is one of the best organizations helping the special needs community. With the ethos of putting the person first, the Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities and inherent value, not by their disability. They also work very hard at building a community and believe strongly in community involvement in special needs. Love it. Help support all of their awesome work by throwing them your latte money here.

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