Special Bikes for Special Kids by a Special Man

Bicycles and tricycles for special needs children have adaptations like foot straps, torso supports and adjustable parts. They cost from $800 to $5,000, said Andrew McLindon, 53, founder of the foundation.

Over seven years, the McLindon Family Foundation has given away adaptive tricycles to children in nine states, helping them feel the independence and freedom of riding a bike.

McLindon’s love of bicycles led him to give away adaptive bikes. After success with the commercial construction company he started in 1989, he added auxiliary businesses that became Mainspring Companies, a group of construction, maintenance and real estate development enterprises.

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Teachers vs. Babysitters

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Teachers inspire the smallest hearts to grow big enough to change the world. Whether you have children in school now or you’re a grown-up who wants to send a thank-you gift to an influential teacher from your past, this short inspirational video is a great way to share a message of gratitude with, and for, educators.

 

Make A Wish Jump 2014

Make-A-Wish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition on average, every 38 minutes.

Make-A-Wish® believes that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides and inspires Make-A-Wish® to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids they serve.

The wonderful people who give themselves away by volunteering, usually year after year, over and over, at the multitude of events and fundraisers throughout the Make-A-Wish organization are always kind, compassionate, and above all, resourceful and creative. They have to be to grant the individual and unique wishes of beautiful children. This leads the volunteers to develop some unique fundraising events. Here’s an example, jumping out of airplanes.

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Wish Jump 2014 is the fourth annual skydiving fundraiser for Make-A-Wish® Northeast New York – the most exciting fundraiser in the Capital Region! Make-A-Wish® grants the heartfelt wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, enhancing the child’s human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Wish Jump participants spend a few months fundraising, then come together to spend an exciting day skydiving at Saratoga Skydiving Adventures, while family, friends, and spectators watch and cheer from the ground. Between 2011 and 2013, Wish Jumpers, including the local Make-A-Wish chapter CEO William Trigg, Ph.D., who have participated in this event and have raised over $70,000!

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Inspired by wish children and their families who bravely face fear each day, Wish Jumpers raise money that will help make wishes come true, and test their own bravery by skydiving in Saratoga Springs, New York on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Please consider donating to this compassion centric event HERE, or a Make-A-Wish® event in your area. Also, Make-A-Wish® would love to have you give them, and their children, a little of your volunteer time. Info HERE.

My attitude is that children’s wishes should come true…and we can help make that happen.

Links:
What children WISH for
Wish Jump 2014

Wish Jump 2014 Donation
Saratoga Skydiving Adventures   
Make-A-Wish America
Make-A-Wish International 
Find your local Make-A-Wish Chapter
Volunteer at Make-A-Wish

Enjoy.

Don’t forget to give something today!

To The Giving Angels

Mothers_Day_2014Mothers risk their own life for the unborn child
Mothers risk their own health for the sake of the child
Mothers are the First Givers of our world
Mothers are the First Angels of our world Happy
Mother’s Day To The Giving Angels of Our World
                                            —Paul Mark Sutherland

original graphic credit: unknown

The Giver of Pittsburgh

Thank you Albert Lexie.

Namaste.

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credit: NBC News

 

How To Become An Angel

HERE’S WHAT ANGELS DO:

http://www.youtube.com/embed/Te7wkQ-HVrE?rel=0

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HERE’S HOW TO BECOME AN ANGEL TODAY:

click it for more info!
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If you are unable to donate this year, sharing this page on your Facebook, Twitter, Email, or any other social sharing site can really go a long way in spreading the word and helping to make sure that no child goes without presents this holiday season. SHARE TODAY!

(Pay Away the Layaway, Inc. was founded in 2011 and helps families in need
pay off layaway plans that includes toys, clothes and gifts for children.)

BONUS:

wings_and_approvalEnjoy flying!

What’s In Your Pickle Jar?

I have heard, and seen, this story before. This, however, is the best of the best.

Pickle_Jar_Story

Enjoy!

Credit and thanks to SimpleTruths.com

Make A Wish Jump

Make-A-Wish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition on average, every 38 minutes.

Make-A-Wish® believes that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides and inspires Make-A-Wish® to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids they serve.

The wonderful people who give themselves away by volunteering, usually year after year, over and over, at the multitude of events and fundraisers throughout the Make-A-Wish organization are always kind, compassionate, and above all, resourceful and creative. They have to be to grant the individual and unique wishes of beautiful children. This leads the volunteers to develop some unique fundraising events. Here’s an example, jumping out of airplanes.

WishJump2013

Wish Jump 2013 is the third annual skydiving fundraiser for Make-A-Wish® Northeast New York – the most exciting fundraiser in the Capital Region! Make-A-Wish® grants the heartfelt wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, enhancing the child’s human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Wish Jump participants spend a few months fundraising, then come together to spend an exciting day skydiving at Saratoga Skydiving Adventures, while family, friends, and spectators watch and cheer from the ground. Between 2011 and 2012, 35 Wish Jumpers, including the local Make-A-Wish chapter CEO William Trigg, Ph.D., have participated in this event and have raised over $36,000!

WishJumpPic

Inspired by wish children and their families who bravely face fear each day, Wish Jumpers raise money that will help make wishes come true, and test their own bravery by skydiving in Saratoga Springs, New York on Saturday, July 27, 2013.

Please consider sponsoring this particular event HERE, or a Make-A-Wish® event in your area. Also, Make-A-Wish® would love to have you give them, and their children, a little of your volunteer time. Info HERE.

My attitude is that children’s wishes should come true…and we can help make that happen.

Links:
What children WISH for
Wish Jump 2013

Wish Jump 2013 Donation
Saratoga Skydiving Adventures   
Make-A-Wish America
Make-A-Wish International 
Find your local Make-A-Wish Chapter
Volunteer at Make-A-Wish

Enjoy.

Don’t forget to give something today!

Fathers All

Hesburgh_Father_Quote

Happy Fathers Day to all parents!

The most important thing a father
can do for his children
is to love their mother.
—Theodore Hesburgh

photo credit: unknown

The Power of Love

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NOTE: The finger paint artist, Alexandra, is a beautiful 12-year-old child from Sandpoint, Idaho, USA and lives everyday with Rett syndrome. Please take a moment to visit her web HERE.  It is beautiful and inspiring.

You will also enjoy a visit to her mother Catherine’s web HERE.

You can learn more about Diane Loomas, the poem’s author HERE.

And you can learn about the International Rett Syndrome Foundation HERE.

Enjoy!

 

If I had my child to raise all over again,
I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later.
I’d finger paint more, and point the finger less.
I would do less correcting and more connecting.
I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
I would care to know less and know to care more.
I’d take more hikes and fly more kites.
I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars,
I’d do more hugging and less tugging.
I’d see the oak tree in the acorn more often,
I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.
I’d model less about the love of power,
And more about the power of love.
                                        —Diane Loomans