Charity Begins With Me…..

Charity – generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering; also: aid given to those in need

I can consider myself a charitable and giving person. My heart bleeds whenever I see someone less fortunate than I am struggling to survive in this world. I was taught by my grandma to give to those who are less fortunate and pray for those who can’t pray for themselves. This October is a special month for me because I am involved in two charitable events which impact everyone.

Making Strides for Breast Cancer 5K Walk/Run

What: Making Strides for Breast Cancer 5k Walk/Run

When: Saturday, October 13, 2012 8:00 a.m.

Where: Laurelwood Shopping Center 426 S. Grove Park Road

Who will be participating:  TheFabulous T’s (my team) and everybody else

Additional Information: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/TheFabulousTs

www.makingstrideswalk.org

 

Each year, I participate in the making strides for breast cancer walk sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Some people get it confused with Susan G. Komen annual breast cancer walk which is the end of October. This walk is in the beginning of October. It is held at Laurelwood Shopping Center located at 426 S. Grove Park Road, Memphis, Tn. This is time where thousands of people come with their teams, organizations, and families for one mission. The mission is to find a cure and provide a continuum care for those with breast cancer.  According the American Cancer Society making strides website,

Making Strides against Breast Cancer is the American Cancer Society’s nationwide series of walking events to raise funds and awareness to end breast cancer. Nationwide, more than 270 Making Strides walks occur each year, and each one is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to stay well, and raise money to help fight the disease with breast cancer research, information and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them. Walks range in distance from 3 to 5 miles.

I decided to become hands on this year because I have lost family members and friends due to cancer. I hope we will have a day when everyone in this nation becomes proactive in finding a cure. We should not let another family go through the suffering of losing a love one to this disease. Let us find ways of prevention, continue to provide for those who are struggling and give hope to families in need.

Operation Stand Down Memphis, Inc Veterans Stand Down Event

What: OSDM Veterans Stand Down

When: Saturday, October 27, 2012 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: UT Health and Science Center Doctors Field 255 S. Dunlap (Enter from union and located behind the McDonald’s

Who will be participating:  All Veterans and interested parties

Additional Information: www.osdmemphis.org

Contact: osdm2010@gmail.com

As a fellow veteran, my heart goes out to veterans and their families because they go through a lot. I have experience both sides of military life being a soldier and a wife of a soldier. I will tell you personally  it is not easy. It bothers to know there are homeless veterans whom exist here in the United States. It especially bothers me to know the homeless population now consists of veterans who are returning home from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. In fact 23 percent of the homeless population in the United States is veterans. Operation Stand Down Memphis, Inc core mission is to help homeless veterans through transitional programs and services to become effective citizens in their community. Each year, OSDM host a stand down. What is a stand down?

A “stand down” is a one-day military event where veterans can come in a comfortable atmosphere to receive vital information about healthcare, benefits, housing, or to join supported veterans’ organizations. The organization will provide food, entertainment, and clothing for the veterans.

Last year, OSDM held a stand down on November 2011during Veterans Day and they were able to service about 150 veterans across the mid-south area. OSDM supports the veterans throughout the year by collaborating with other community and national organizations. Also, they host quarterly informational session for veterans who are in rehabilitation centers here in Memphis. I urge to you help a veteran in their time of need. They were there for us constantly defending our country and protecting our freedom we enjoy and sometimes take for granted.

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