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Hats For A Purpose Head To Schoharie

A few days after Tropical Storm Irene tore through Schoharie County in New York, the Hats For A Purpose team jumped into action.  Stepping forward, Donna, her sister, Kathy in Canada, Betty, a member of the Red Hats and my friend Cyndi, got right to work.  Tomorrow almost 100 exquisitely knit, crocheted or loomed hats, many with scarves to match, go to children in the Schoharie area just in time for our cold northeast winter days.  As an added bonus, Donna also made several beautiful afghans to help those that lost bedding and blankets.

I know the recipients of these wonderful gifts will be appreciative.  I also believe the deep, rich feeling of kindness and loving care is even more valuable.  Thanks to a wonderful group of people.  Hats off to you all!

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The Joy of Soap

Most of you know that I write about people and organizations  making a difference in the world;  generally causes or projects and activities.  But every once in a while I meet someone whose joy in her business and personal life also serves a noble purpose.    Soap maker, Sue Kerber, is one of these people.  She is the founder and owner of RAD Soap, LLC, a home based, locally owned business involving the entire family.  Sue found a niche for her products that includes e-commerce, farmer’s markets and festivals to deliver what she says is “the best soap ever made.”   Here’s how she combined family, a wish to use natural products, a zest for life and one really good sense of humor.

Sue had a good career in sales for a business solutions company but when her children had various medical needs she found little in the way of natural healing products.  So she started researching how to make salves and skin creams that might help with cuts and bruises, sore muscles, skin problems.  Experimenting with essential and natural oils, organic fruit and herbal infusions, she made lotions, creams and soaps that are the basis of RAD today.

Fast forward a few years, with a growing children and a desire to follow her dream, she and her family started RAD Soap.  This is really a family business – everyone pitches in – they all use the products, make the soaps and creams, name them, create tags and wrappers, maintain the website and online ordering and every other detail that goes into a family owned business.  Her son sold me my first bar of Score soap last year and amazed me with his knowledge of soap making and with his love for this product originally made for his sports aches and pains.

Once you visit the RAD Soap website you will see what I mean about a good sense of humor. I love the pictures, the names of the products, how they are made and how much fun this family has working together……..a really noble purpose.

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Hats For A Purpose To Help Schoharie Kids

Thanks to a wonderful group of folks who knit, crochet and weave we have exceeded our goal to make 100 hats for kids at risk.  Now I will ask you to knit some more – for the kids in Schoharie County who lost everything during the devastating floods following Irene’s visit to our area.  Cold weather is just around the corner and your help will make a difference to these children.

I will work with Jack Hill, a local team leader for Volunteers In Mission, a program of UMCOR, the humanitarian relief and development agency of the United Methodist Church.  Jack and fellow volunteers have been down in the Schoharie area working to clean-up and rebuild.  This network of volunteers extends down to Greene, Broome and Delaware counties so as soon as we warm up the kids in Schoharie we will keep going.  I will also ask my Rotary friends in those counties to pass the word to anyone who wants to help.

We need all the hats we can make – in fact, if you can’t knit or crochet or weave, how about purchasing a hat or two?  Winter is just around the corner so we need to move quickly.

Needles Up, Crochet Hooks Get Ready.

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Please Sign the Petition to End Polio

Of all the initiatives to eradicate polio, this one may be the one that re-involves the governments around the world to step back up and commit the dollars needed to bridge a $590 million dollar funding gap for vaccine faced by the private-public partners (including Rotary International) leading the eradication for the past 30 years.

Join this Call to Action asking World Leaders to commit, both financially and politically, to polio eradication.  Watch the story of Piper Pacquin from Pittsburgh, PA and how she is leading the way to END POLIO.  This charming and interesting video traces the history of polio and Rotary International’s involvement introducing new facts and information.

For each signature (up to 20,000) The Rotary Club of Crawley, Perth, Australia (D9455)  will donate vaccine to a child.  Another story of Rotary in action.  Thanks Rotary Club of Crawley.

I’ve signed the petition.  Won’t you?  You don’t need to be a Rotarian to sign it either.  It’s easy.  Watch the video below and click on Sign Petition.

End Polio petition

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Help Make the World Polio Free

Imagine if you can, what the life of Debbie Sabin was like back in the 50’s as her father worked endlessly to find an oral vaccine to end polio.  Now read her story and help us END POLIO NOW!!

Finishing My Father\’s Work

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