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Joe is in critical condition (though a small improvement tonight). We need a miracle and can only get there through prayer, hope and belief.

Update: He fighting- let’s send cards for encouragement & support!

Joe & Debby Summa

14013 Clarendon Point Ct.

Huntersville, NC 28078

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Chai is at peace now—free from suffering at the hands of the zoo industry. At 37, Chai would have been at the prime of her life in the wild, and still bearing calves, but Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ) and now the Oklahoma City Zoo (OKC Zoo) bear the responsibility of another elephant dying prematurely. Chai’s life was filled with trauma, starting with being ripped from her mother at only one-year-old. She was beaten at Dickerson Park Zoo, suffered the heartbreak of losing her daughter, Hansa (6), and endured 112 invasive artificial inseminations. WPZ went against science and the will of the vast majority of Seattle residents by moving Chai (and Bamboo) to the OKC Zoo, another inadequate zoo devoid of any quality of life, rather than retiring her to sanctuary. Zoos must stop incarcerating and breeding elephants into a life sentence of misery. DO NOT GO TO ZOO’S OR CIRCUSES that have elephants- they have a right to freedom.

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untitledWorld AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.

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Joshua Culver’s squadron is trying to do a bunch of things to make the holidays special for the guys. One of those things is sending cookies!!! We have a goal of getting 340 dozen cookies over there for them. There are about 300 guys in the squadron, and we’d like there to be plenty for them to eat throughout the week of Christmas 🙂

If you’d like to contribute, please mail homemade cookies to this address:
Sgt. Major Misitupa Tueichi (S-1)
SPMAGTF VMM-261
UNIT 34069
FPO AE 09510-4069

Write ‘VMM-261 Operation Cookie Drop’ on the box. You would want to use a priority flat rate box. Cookies would need to be in the mail no later than Dec 6th.

Karen is in and the Scutella’s are in…will you join us! The Carroll’s are in! Sylvia is in, Sue DiSanto and family are in!

Let’s knock the socks off this with DiSanto giving!

(This is a great way to use your Christmas jar- ingredients and postage).

Just a thought- we are going to make rice crispy treats and bar cookies so they won’t end up as crumbs- think sturdy!

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Yesterday Delaney’s soccer team participated in a breast cancer walk. Two of her teammates grandmothers just recovered from breast cancer. It was cold and snowed a little but it was fun and they got in a 3 mile walk!

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Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy,
productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves
out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people-especially those with the fewest
resources have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.
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The lovers, the dreamers and me!

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On March 19, Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church passed away in the night. Who will picket the funeral of the man who picketed so many? Let’s hope, no one.

First because there may be no funeral to picket, and second because — well, we’re better than that.

I know the urge to celebrate his passing is strong. Instead, let’s celebrate all the good he accomplished in his life — completely inadvertently.

It’s a fitting conclusion to the life of someone who, in the course of committing himself so loudly and grotesquely to hate, wound up proving again and again how much love there was in people. He would show up at a funeral with his family and their hideous signs, and others would rally.

A lot of people who set out to do good and advance the cause of love don’t accomplish this much. Thank you to Mr. Phelps, in a strange, strange way, for proving us right. Hate is well-publicized, but small. Love was bigger. He showed up with his signs, and people responded with a Wall of Love. He kept achieving the opposite of what he set out to do. He faxed tons and tons of complaints about — they passed a law against fax harassment. He showed up at funerals with his Hateful Signs, and people gathered to shield the mourners.  He tested our commitment to free speech, even extreme and ugly speech, and — yup, it is still strong.

So don’t dance on the grave. Don’t cheer. It’s an understandable urge. Instead:

-Stop picketing funerals at all, ever, full stop. It is a terrible way of getting attention.
-Play with a kid. Do not hand that kid a hateful sign. Again, this should go without saying.
-Love someone.
-Send someone a thank-you note.
-Call your grandmother.
-Take a nap.
-Make a big colorful sign that says something polite. Take it to a place that is not a funeral.
-Love your neighbor.
-Stand up for someone who is being shouted down.
-Treat people like people.
-Make a sandwich.
-Feel the urge to say something hateful. Don’t succumb. Know you’re better than that. You are.

If his life kept proving anything, it was that.

The Westboro church protested the LORDE concert… (after Fred’s death)

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This is what the crowd did…Beat hate with love!

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It’s not too late- sign up today at http://jumphoopsfda.kintera.org/kdisanto_1

Event: March 4, 2014

Kelsie earned $175.00- thanks to all who donated!

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I wanted to come and thank everyone that gave their giving jars to my friend and classmate, Kristy, over the holidays when we held a giving event for her to help her through the holidays. It meant so much to her and it meant a lot to me that my family was willing to step up and help too! We’ve done a few things for her so far, including raising money to get her a Kindle to get her through her treatments. We gave that to her for her birthday back in November. Then we held a holiday giving event to get gifts and some money to help them through the holidays. It was the best Christmas her and her girls ever experienced and she cried with joy at the generosity of everyone.

Unfortunately, her story hasn’t been very pleasant and I just wanted to update everyone and ask for prayers. After having a double mastectomy and beating breast cancer, her mother ended up having it and didn’t know it. Kristy found out the day of our giving event, and her mother passed away two weeks ago. On top of that, Kristy went back to the doctor last week and found out she has two tumors in her brain now, so the cancer is back. She is a single mom of two girls; the youngest is only 9. And one of the two girls has Asberger’s Syndrome (not sure which one). This girl has had a very difficult fight and I just wanted to ask for any prayers people are willing to give. She needs them all.

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