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Did You Know…

This write up was found on a bulletin board of a national corporation in New York City in 1993. We’re not sure who the writer and illustrator are. At the time the web was still brand new so any publicity we received was by newspaper, magazine, book, radio, and of course, bulletin board. We have a few more pieces of publicity that we saved which we’ll be sharing on this website soon.

Did you know…August 25-31 is “Be Kind to Humankind Week?”

Discouraged and angered by a daily diet of life’s negative news, housewife and mother Lorraine Jara, of Toms River, New Jersey, started “Be Kind to Humankind Week” in 1988. Thousands of new friends and five years later, this event is celebrated by people across the United States.

Be Kind to Humankind week highlights the need for people to perform positive acts of love and kindness for others – and ourselves – to counterbalance the negative things we read and hear about every day. “To make the world a better place, we must first change our attitudes for the better,” says Lorraine. “We have the power to create our own good news every day if we choose to do so.”

According to Lorraine, we have the power each day.

Lorraine suggests, for instance, that on Sunday we can sacrifice our wants and needs for other’s needs; Monday we can be considerate to motorists; Tuesday we can touch a heart; Wednesday we can be willing to lend a helping hand; Thursday we can be thoughtful; Friday we can forgive a foe; and on Saturday we can speak kind words.

The first year of Be Kind to Humankind Week, Lorraine and her family celebrated it alone. The next year she talked her friends and neighbors into joining them. By the third year, thousands of people participated. It was a success.

Radio stations and newspapers across the country began interviewing her about the “holiday.” Representatives of Former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush sent letters of support. She even got the attention of entertainers like Oprah Winfrey, Shirley MacLaine, Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel.

But what Lorraine values most is the support of people all over America who believe, as she does, that human beings are essentially good-hearted, loving and kind. “I know that there is evil in the world, but it doesn’t outweigh the good,” she says. “We just need a better balance of good news. It’ll improve our health, relationships and we’d leave this world a better place for our children.”

Who says that one person can’t make a difference?

Help in Hurricane’s Wake

It has been a simply horrible situation for so many people since hurricane Sandy left it’s mark. The East Coast has been hit hard by the storm. Thousands are homeless. Many are still without power. The gasoline lines remain very long. A lot of people are loosing their patience and fighting over gasoline, and there has been looting. I heard a story yesterday about some people pretending to be emergency personnel just so they can have immediate access to gasoline! Others are stealing gasoline from car tanks!

Although there have been many negative stories in the news, there has also been positive stories being reported. Stories of people going to great lengths to help others.

Below are some links to different sources of help. Additional help for individual townships would most likely be accessible through your town halls. Please continue to try and maintain your patience. Our resolve is tested in these difficult times! I guess taking one day at a time is the best thing to do.

Red Cross Find Help

Salvation Army Sandy Help

Summer’s End

Well, another summer has come and gone and much too quickly for those of us who enjoy the hot weather! I also hope that everyone had a great summer season and that it was filled with good times and good things! BK2HK had a very successful celebration in August with many inquiries sent to me asking how they could participate in BK2HK’s week long observation of kindness and the ways that they could implement kindness in their communities!

One young lady, Jessica M. from Muscatine, Iowa said that she would be out and about in her hometown spreading the news about BK2HK! She asked me if I had any handouts…so I mailed her some fliers, business cards, magnets and pens to hand out. Jessica was so happy to have received them, and said afterward that her efforts were a great success! She told me that not only did people stop and ask what she was doing, but that they loved BK2HK and were happy to receive the goodies. Some people even asked if they could walk around spreading the news with her. Thanks so much Jessica!

I only hope that you will stop and take the time to be kind daily, 365 days of the year…not just 1 week in August. Small acts of kindness sure can go a long way! A simple smile to a stranger, holding the door for others, mailing an uplifting card to someone you know who may need it, calling or better yet visiting your elderly or sick relative in a hospital or nursing home,volunteering even 1 day a month to something that interests you, donating unwanted items, donating to a local food bank, bringing doughnuts to your local police, ambulance or fire department to say “Thank you” for all that they do for the community. There are thousands of ways to show kindness…so please share your gifts of kindness to those around you. Make your corner of the world a better place! Decide to be Kind!

Dig THIS…Over 122 pair of Sunglasses were donated to BK2HK for Guatemala…

Update 11/4/2010: Eyeglasses are no longer being collected. Thanks to everyone who has made a donation.

Here is the story…short but very sweet. I was browsing around on Craig’s List and I spotted someone selling over 100 pair of sunglasses for $45.00. I e-mailed the owners and asked if they would be willing to donate them to BK2HK for our Guatemala project. Their answer was a huge yes! My daughter and I drove to their home to pick up the sunglasses (plus 14 cases) and met 2 extremely nice people! Ron and Nancy Gosselin of Howell, Michigan were more than happy to be able to donate all of these wonderful sunglasses to the folks in Guatemala!!

Ron and Nancy were so generous to donate so many (much needed) sunglasses to Guatemala. Thank you both! I want to pass on the word that BK2HK is continuing our used prescription eyeglass/sunglass and drug store reading glasses collection. There is always a team heading off to Guatemala to deliver much needed items, eye wear being on the top of their list…so please remember to send any and all used unwanted eye wear to the address below. Thanks!

A Gift from a Mayan Woman in Guatemala

Thanks to all of those who participated in BK2HK’s prescription eyeglass donations for Guatemala. People such as the generous Mayan woman who gave me this purse as a gift can continue to work on such beautiful sewing projects thanks to better eyesight. The women from the villages sew many beautiful things. They sew the clothing for their families, and also sell many of their items for income. Without the eyeglasses donated to BK2HK, many (1,730) people would not be capable of continuing their trade. BK2HK will have further information along with photos of the Gary family’s trip, so stay tuned!

Thank you again and remember, BK2HK will continue this collection for next summer’s trip to Guatemala, so please save those prescription eyeglasses/sunglasses/and drug store glasses and send them out to us! Our goal for next summer will be 2,010 pair of eyeglasses for the summer of 2010! We can do it!

Update 11/4/2010: Eyeglasses are no longer being collected. Thanks to everyone who has made a donation.

Martin Buxbaum

A couple of years ago I posted a poem written by Martin Buxbaum. His poem is featured on a beautiful poster. The poster consists of one women in 3 separate stages of her life…one as a young girl, then a young woman and finally an old woman. The poem written by Martin Buxbaum on the poster is as follows:

“Some people, No matter how old they get, Never lose their beauty. They merely move it from their faces, into their hearts.” – Martin Buxbaum

I have seen the sea, when it is stormy, and wild; when it is quiet, and serene’, when it is dark, and moody. And in all its moods I have seen myself. – Martin Buxbaum

Below is the poster and under the poster is information about Mr. Buxbaum and his daughter Kate Buxbaum Prado. To my delight and surprise, Kate had contacted me recently. Read what Kate shared with us about our posting of her dad’s poetry. Thanks so much Kate for sharing your dad’s work with us, and for sharing your work with us as well! It’s beautiful!

Kate Buxbaum Prado writes:

My dad has been gone since 1991 and I miss him every day. He had a full life and gave much to others, and continues to give, even though he is not here. This is the same desire I have for my work. I wish I knew who was the artist that did the work with my father’s verse on beauty. It has been on the Internet for ages and nobody seems to know.

A poem by Kate title “My Father”

When I was small, my father traveled, and then he would, come home. But even when, he went away, we never felt alone. We did not have, to see him, to know how much, he cared. He would always, be our father, and his love was always there.- Kate Prado

“I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5

What Will You Leave Behind? It is not just only the rich and famous who will leave a legacy, but every man, woman and child ever born, no matter who they are. Our society has become so fixated on the lives of movie stars, those in the news and the people on reality television, to where the importance of the seemingly unimportant goes unnoticed. As students graduate and head out into the world, do they carry with them the knowledge of how the life they live and the choices they make, have the potential to change a nation,or possibly change an entire world? It is up to each one of us as parents, teachers, family or friends of children of any age, to send the right message. A young man sat in the office of his guidance counselor before graduating from high school. His eye was black from having gotten into another fight. The adviser was serious when he told the student he was very smart, but it was now up to him as to where he would be in the future. Today that young man is grown. He became a very successful businessman, is a good father, a wonderful husband and gives back so much into the world around him. Did the words spoken to him by the concerned counselor change his destiny? I believe they may have. My own father wrote, “Leave more for others to follow than footprints in the water.” These few simple words have stayed with me throughout my own life as I ask myself the question, “What will you leave behind?”

Kindness

Kindness planted in the soil, of another with a need, will one day blossom, back to you, a product of, this spirit seed. – Kate Prado

“Give and it, shall be given unto you…” Luke 6:38

Be sure to visit scrapbook.com to view Kate’s creations.

Over 1,000 Pairs of Prescription Eyeglasses Collected for Guatemala So Far!!!

Hurray! Thanks to so many generous people BK2HK has collected over 1,000 pairs of used prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses for the folks in Guatemala! We cannot thank you enough for your efforts to help these folks. We will have a complete update in late July as to how many eyeglasses we were able to collect for the Gary family’s trip to Guatemala which is taking place in July.

Also, we will share a list of those who participated in the collection. The collection will go on indefinitely, as the Garys make this trip every summer.

See the Ann Arbor News article here. BK2HK looks forward to June when we can estimate how many pairs of eye wear we have collected! Thank you again and please continue to donate.

Much Kindness and Appreciation to All.

Update 11/4/2010: Eyeglasses are no longer being collected. Thanks to everyone who has made a donation.

Never Lose Your Beauty

“Some people, No matter how old they get, Never lose their beauty. They merely move it from their faces, into their hearts.”

-Martin Buxbaum

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