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993722_10200814480512054_573014598_nGreetings Everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!

I know today you are being bombarded with Black Friday specials and ads designed to lure you into spending your hard earned money on the trappings of the holiday season.

The last thing I want to do is be another voice through social media suggesting how you spend your dollars… but for those of you who have participated in The Thanks”giving” Cup Campaign, the day is finally here 🙂 🙂

Hopefully by now you have figured out how to convert your coins into dollars so that you can make your donation to The World Food Program. I am looking forward to making mine sometime during today’s celebration of gratitude.

If you haven’t, don’t worry; count your coins today and celebrate your good work.

Tomorrow call your bank and ask if they will let you use their coin counting machine for free. Other options are to count your coins and put them into the paper rolls the bank provides, or use a CoinStar machine which is available in most large grocery stores. The CoinStar machine will keep a percentage of your money (the last time I checked it was 8.9%) for their services.

Of course this charitable challenge is private, which means you are under no obligation to share what you have donated…BUT…it would be fun to see how many meals our combined effort will provide. If you have technical difficulty commenting on my blog you can go to my Facebook page, Barbara Scoville, LCSW and record the number of meals you have provided. Also, it would be fun to see your full cups on Instagram #thanksgivingcupcampaign

School Meals: $1.00= 4 meals

Emergency Biscuits: $1.00= 10 high energy biscuits

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

This morning while writing this post, I watched the sun rise over the Wasatch Mountains through my office window. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the beauty of the earth. I am reminded of an old hymn Folliott S. Pierpoint wrote:

For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies;
For the love which from our birth,
Over and around us lies;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This, our hymn of grateful praise.

For the wonder of each hour,
Of the day and of the night;
Hill and vale and tree and flow'r,
Sun and moon, and stars of light;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This, our hymn of grateful praise.For the joy of ear and eye,
For the heart and mind's delight;
For the mystic harmony,
Linking sense to sound and sight;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This, our hymn of grateful praise.For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child;
Friends on Earth and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This, our hymn of grateful praise.

Happy Thanksgiving and may you find your cup full 🙂

Barbara (The Blog Whisperer)

Every Mom Should be Able to Feed Her Baby

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P.S. Instructions for those donating today

1. Go to The World Food Program’s Website at http://www.wfp.org

2. Click on the red donate button in the upper right corner

3. You will be taken to a screen that requires you to type in your country of origin.

4. After entering your country of origin you will be taken to the screen asking you what program you want to donate to. Click on the program of your choice. While I am devoted to school meals, this Thanksgiving I will be donating to the Philippines because of the dire need.

5. Follow the payment instructions.

6. Take at minimum, a few minutes (not seconds) to reflect on compassion and gratitude, and know you are a pioneer of peace. Thank you.