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It’s Time To Celebrate

Well, another super successful year for Be Kind to Humankind! Thanks in part to HappyNews.com who featured BK2HK each and every day of its celebration! A special thanks to you HappyNews!

Of course kindness and kind deeds should be focused upon each and every year, all 356 days! I cannot emphasize that enough. I wrote a book which is all about BK2HK and its history. After all, it is over 22 years old now and there is a lot to write about. But once in text it is not a huge book at all. The book will be a rather small paper back, so it will be easy to carry, pick up and read randomly whenever you are in need of a little pick-me-up emotionally. Let’s face it, we all need a pick-me-up once in awhile! I plan on having the book published and ready for purchase by next spring. If not next spring, shortly there after. I will be sure to let you know when it is available for purchase! I hope that you will enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it. It is quite a story, considering that I started BK2HK when I was a young woman of 30 and here I am 52! I virtually seemed to have spent my entire adult life promoting kindness!

It has been, and still is well worth it.

Until the next time,

Lorraine

Cleaning For A Reason

If you know any woman currently undergoing Chemo for Breast cancer, please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning – 1 time per month for 4 months while she is in treatment.

All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service.

Please pass this information on to bless a woman going through Breast Cancer treatment. This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women. It’s our job to pass the word and let them know that there are people out there that care. Be a blessing to someone and pass this information along.

Visit cleaningforareason.org

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!

Homeless Shelter Receives A $400 Gift Card

The Robert J. DeLonis Homeless Shelter in Washtenaw County Michigan was awarded a $400.00 store gift card from MEIJER on Jackson Road in Scio township. This is the 4th year in a row that MEIJER has been so generous and gracious by helping out the shelter. The shelter will be using this money for bedding such as sheets, blankets, and pillows. They will also purchase warm hats, gloves and winter gear for their clients. Above is a photograph taken of me (Lorraine) presenting the shelters Executive Director, Ellen R. Schulmeister with the $400.00.

Be Kind to Humankind wishes to say THANK YOU once again MEIJER, Kim Valentine and Kathy Keillor of MEIJER whom without their assistance this would not be possible!!

Shelli Gary and Her Family Bring Eyeglasses to Guatemala

The Gary family brought more than 1,730 pair of eyeglasses, with over 1,500 pair collected by BK2HK. What a joy it was to be involved in this. BK2HK plans on continuing the collection, so if you wish to donate any Prescription Eyeglasses/Drug Store Reading glasses/and Prescription or non-prescription sunglasses to us for next summer’s trip to Guatemala, please send them to our address below.

A very special thank you to all of those who participated in this extremely successful endeavor. We would also like to thank the following for their participation:

Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church of Dexter, Michigan, Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church of Chelsea, Michigan, Saint Justin’s Roman Catholic Church of Toms River, New Jersey, Jacqueline Painter-Professor of Spanish Delaware Community College in Delaware County, Debbie Tenzer of DoOneNiceThing.com in Los Angeles, California, Desiree Aaron, Mary and Robert Gibson, Sue Daczka, David and Donna Gibson, Sherry Kouslowski, Carol Larson, Matt Amin, Amanda Hukell, Veronica Gary, Connexions Church, Most Ministries, and many, many individuals who donated one or more pair of eye glasses!

Check out the rest of the photos here.

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

The Garys Are Back From Guatemala

The Gary Family has returned this past Sunday, August 2nd from Guatemala. I spoke briefly to Shelli Gary and she said the trip was fantastic! So many happy people, happy faces receiving much needed eyeglasses/sunglasses/and drug store reading glasses.

I am currently awaiting a full report from Shelli informing us in detail, along with a flicker page of photos of their fabulous trip. Thanks to you and all who were so kind and generous with donations, we could not possibly be happier…except of course for the folks in Guatemala who are thrilled to have their lives changed by being able to see clearly!

Awesome job and once again we are going to be posting additional information about the Gary family’s trip!

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.

The Gary Family Travels to Guatemala

On June 14, a team of nine from Connexions Church in Dexter, MI, will be headed to San Juan Sacatepéquez, Guatemala on a mission trip to serve the needs of the people in the community. Among the team will be the Gary Family, who will be returning to Guatemala for their second time in less than a year.

The following is written by Shelli Gary.

Last year we were in the Mayan Highlands in Santa Apolonia. The town was beautiful, and full of the traditional Mayan culture, that has not changed much over the years. The women and young girls still wear the traditional Mayan Huipals and Cortes (hand woven and multi-colored tops and wrap skirts). We served in a church by hosting a children’s fair and Vacation Bible School for more than 250 children! But, it was the Mayan people who captured our hearts and we fell in love with them. The Mayans are very warm and beautiful people, and very family oriented. It is not uncommon to see older siblings carrying their younger brothers and sisters around on their hip, or grandfathers carrying their grandchildren around on their shoulders. The family unit is very strong in the Mayan culture. But we also witnessed much need. There is great need for health education and medical and dental services, and the illiteracy rate is 64%, one of the highest in Central America.

When we head back to Guatemala next week, we will be taking lots of supplies with us to help meet these needs. Our team has been blessed by so many individuals and organizations with donations. The Dexter Lion’s Club and other individuals have donated over 500 pairs of used eyeglasses that we will be taking! Local Optometrists in the Dexter area have been reading the strengths and coding the glasses for us, so that we will be able to give simple eye exams to help the people pick out a pair of glasses that will help them see more clearly. In the Mayan communities, it is very difficult to have access to eyeglasses, and most go without. The cost of a pair of eyeglasses is worth 2 months salary to most, in addition to the cost of transportation to get into Guatemala City and the cost to see an Optometrist. These will be a big blessing to the people!

A local Rotary Club, who has in interest in Literacy, has donated 50 lbs. of Spanish children’s books! The collection of books includes both fiction and non-fiction and will be a huge blessing to the teachers and students of a school in San Juan Sacatepéquez! We are excited to spend a morning at the school and offer a brief geography lesson about Michigan and teach a bit of English (numbers and colors) with the students.

We will also have the great opportunity to teach dental hygiene to a group of 100 children and 40 teens. Thanks to the generosity of local dentists and many individuals, we are taking dental hygiene kits for these children and for their parents. Many people have been dropping off small tubes of toothpaste and toothbrushes for us to make these kits and we are very thankful. I don’t know if people realize how their small act of generosity and sharing will make such a huge difference in the life of another individual.

We had a request by the church who is hosting our team, to teach about pre-natal and post-natal care along with family nutrition. We have a nurse on our team who will be teaching basic nutrition and personal care, and we will also participate in a group question and answer time. Remember, many of the women cannot read and have little or no access to medical care, other than the community midwife. It will be a very special time, as we also learn more about the lives of Mayan women. There is a local senior center here where women have been knitting baby hats for us to take. We will be giving these to expecting mothers. We are also taking prenatal vitamins to share, that will greatly improve the health of the pregnant mother and her baby. The infant mortality rate is an alarming 50% in some of the Mayan communities.

Our team will be staying in the church that is hosting us, sleeping on the cement floor in sleeping bags. I hear it is the rainy season in June and a bit chilly in the highlands (we will be at a 5,000 ft. elevation). We will eat fresh corn tortillas everyday and the local women will be cooking for our team – it will be delicious! Our boys will have the opportunity to make friends with others their age, and to practice their Spanish. Our team will also have two translators with us who are from Mexico City. They will be an invaluable bridge for our team, not only in the communication, but in bridging the cultural differences.

So many people have made this trip possible for our team with their kindness and generosity. I thank God everyday for this opportunity and know that with Him, all things are possible!

Go to our Flickr page to see photos from the trip last year.

For donation inquiries please contact Shelli at shellig@chartermi.net

Music To the Ears and a Kind Act From The Heart!

When violin virtuoso Philippe Quint left a 1723 Antonio Stradivari in a taxi two weeks ago, he was distraught. The $4 million instrument was not only irreplaceable, it was on loan. But the cab driver returned the violin the next morning, and in gratitude, the Grammy-nominated musician will performed a private concert at the Newark airport cab stand.

Article 1 – BBC
Article 2 – Newser
Philippe Quint homepage
Philippe Quint – Myspace Music page

Project Wounded Warriors – Help Give A Small Gift To Our Soldiers

We’ve found a great way to help our service men and women. Many have had to adjust to a whole new way of living, some have lost arms or legs, some suffered terrible burns from the war. Please be so kind as to donate an AT&T International Calling Card (they LOVE to call their friends overseas), a store gift certificate (Target, Sears, J.C. Penny, Kohl’s) or a gas gift card (the soldiers families use the gas to transport the soldiers to the stores ect.) or a Visa Gift Card to the address below.

Thank you so much!

Mail to:
Soldier Family Assistant Center
Donation for a soldier C/O “Be Kind to Humankind”
3rd Floor Rm. 3-G04, 6900 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20307