Support our Troops with the Halloween Candy Buyback

A great way to give back – Have kids trade in their Halloween candy to dentists for cash & prizes and support our troops!

candy buyback

How does the program work?

  • Participating dentists “buy” back kids’ Halloween candy at a scheduled event
  • “Buy” with cash, coupons, toothbrushes, creative exchanges – They can partner with local businesses to give away coupons for food, services, goods, etc.  They can give away the Hygiene Kits, they can set up an Opportunity Prize–each kid gets a ticket per pound of candy for an opportunity drawing to win special prizes, etc.
  • Dentists send the candy to Operation Gratitude or other Military support groups
  • Operation Gratitude sends the candy  to the U.S. Military
  • To find a dental practice in your area, use the zip code “look-up” feature to see if there is a dental office participating close by. SUGGESTION: Call the practice before driving over with your Halloween candy as many have concluded their buyback event and are no longer accepting candy.

Why Join Halloween Candy Buyback?

  • You’ll enjoy peace of mind knowing you’re making kids, parents, and Service Members smile!
  • You’ll set a great example for the next generation to give back!
  • You’ll also enjoy some great publicity!

100,000 Toothbrush Challenge

Help us send a toothbrush in every troop’s care package! For every pound of candy you send to the troops, we hope you will also send a toothbrush! Let’s see how quickly we can collect 100,000 toothbrushes!

To find a location near you click here

Advertisements

It’s Day of the Girl!

day of the girl

Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights”

-United Nations Resolution 66/170

 Just two years ago, the UN declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child to raise awareness about all issues concerning gender inequality around the world.  It’s a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere.October 11 is not just a day; it’s a movement.A worldwide revolution.We want ourselves, and girls everywhere, to be seen as equals, in the eyes of others and in our own eyes.

Why a Day for Girls?

Why a day just for girls? Because girls can save the world. And we deserve a bigger part of it.

DayoftheGirlpic

A Dozen Reasons

As girls, we experience inequality in every aspect of our lives. There are a billion reasons why we need the Day of the Girl, but let’s start with just a dozen (all are linked to their source):

By 2015, females will make up 64% of the world’s illiterate (adult) population. (PDF)

Only 30% of girls in the world are enrolled in secondary school. (PDF)

Girls make up half of the high school population, but receive only 41% of all athletic participation opportunities.

Women only hold 15.7% of top leadership positions in Fortune 500 companies.

One in seven girls in developing countries is married off before age 15.

More than half (54%) of all rapes of females happen before age 18. (PDF)

1 in 5 high school girls has been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.

Children as young as age 11 are forced to work as prostitutes. Some estimates have as many as 1.2 million children being trafficked every year.

54% of 3rd-5th grade girls worry about their appearance and 37% worry about their weight.

57% of music videos feature a female portrayed exclusively as a decorative, sexual object.

Females continue to be underrepresented in top roles in film with less than 1 in 3 speaking characters in children’s movies.

What facts have you found about girls and their opportunities (or lack of opportunities)? Share them with us.

Images and Information from dayofthegirl.org

 

Project Fair – Let your Kid’s Take Action!

Ripple Kids and SOCO presents a FREE Project Fair on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at the OC Mix from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for your kids (ages 13 and under) to make a difference!  Ripple Kids is an nonprofit homegrown right here in Orange County that specializes in empowering kids to take action within their community.

Participating retailers  have teamed together with Ripple Kids to feature several take action projects for the Project Fair. Choose one or participate in all of them!

RippleKids_and_OCMix

There will be live music and don’t forget to try some of the delicious food.

  • Plant Milkweed to Save the Monarch Butterfly Organized by Uni Home Store
  • Pack Meals for Kids in Need with Stop Hunger Now 
  • Make Cards for Seniors and Soldiers organized by Granola Kids
  • Pack Birthday Party Kits for Kids in Need Organized by Party Pepper Uppers 
  • Make Brick Bots for Kids in Need Organized by Brick Share
  • Make Toys for Animals in the Shelter Organized by Paul Mitchell and Girl Scout Troop 1884
  • Make Tote Bags with Recycled T-Shirts Organized by Smocking Birds and Girl Scout Troop 2376
  • Learn About How to Make a Difference in our Oceans and Beaches Stop by the Surfrider Foundation Booth
  • Make Rainbow Loom Bracelets and Cards for Hospitalized Kids Organized by The Max Love Project
  • Pack Art Supply Kits for Kids in Need Organized by Project Hope Alliance

For more information about Ripple Kids, visit www.ripplekids.com.

View video from June event

Want to Volunteer at the Event?

Want to make a difference just by showing up? Sign up to bring items to benefit some of the many great organizations that will be present at the event. Bring gently used Legos for Brickshare or Children’s birthday invitations for Party Pepper Uppers! Click on the button below for details.

Visit for job descriptions and times.

Meet nonprofits and Ripple Kids representing several of our featured causes

Animals – Barks of Love Animal Rescue

Kids – MaxLove Project, Party Pepper Uppers

The Homeless/Hungry – Operation Warm Wishes, Project Hope Alliance

Once you find the cause(s) you’re passionate about, learn more about how you can help with either an established nonprofit or a Ripple Kids project!

Skate Demo Team sponsored by Active Ride Shop

Live Music by School of Rock

_____________________________________________________________________

Here are some opportunities to help a good cause:

 – Project Donations

Drop a few bucks into the Ripple Kids jar located at each project location and at the Ripple Kids booth to make sure they can continue to help the community.

Cash or Credit Cards Accepted

Ripple Kids T-Shirts – men’s, women’s and kids – $10

Proceeds donated to Ripple Kids

Cash or Credit Cards Accepted

World Food Day is October 16, 2014

WFDlogo
World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. On October 16, people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime. Because when it comes to hunger, the only acceptable number in the world is zero.

World Food Day celebrates the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on October 16, 1945 in Quebec, Canada. First established in 1979, World Food Day has since then been observed in almost every country by millions of people.

In North America, grassroots events and public awareness campaigns engage diverse audiences in action against hunger. From hunger walks and World Food Day dinners to meal packaging events and food drives, there are many ways for people to be a part of solutions to hunger.

Each year, advocates come together to raise awareness and engage Americans and Canadians in the movement to end hunger. Led by the FAO Liaison Office for North America, the World Food Day USA & Canada Network includes over 60 organizations, universities and companies that are working to achieve a zero hunger world.

WFD1

  • 60% of the hungry in the world are women.
  • Almost 5 million children under the age of 5 die of malnutrition-related causes every year.
  • 4 in 10 children in poor countries are malnourished damaging their bodies and brains

Every human being has a fundamental right to be free from hunger and the right to adequate food. The right to adequate food is realized when every man, woman and child has the physical and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement.

ToastAFarmer

This World Food Day, Toast a Farmer!

This World Food Day we are celebrating family farmers for growing our food and for caring for the earth.

Join in a toast to thank the farmers that work hard every day to ensure that our food is grown with care and is healthy for us to eat.

Post a picture of yourself with your glass raised and include a personalized toast as your status or tweet on Facebook or Twitter with #ToastAFarmer, #WFD2014.

You could also share any of the photos below of real family farmers with a personalized toast with #ToastAFarmer, #WFD2014.

So many ways for us to give our support to family farmers this World Food Day!

Follow our Facebook and Twitter pages to read all of the toasts from across North America!

wfd_findevent_1_

Attend or Host an Event

Want to take part in the fight to end hunger? Every year thousands of events are held to raise awareness about hunger. There are plenty of ways that you, your friends and your family can be part of the solution: Hunger walks, World Food Day dinners, Hunger Banquets, food packaging events, rallies, conferences, food drives, and more!  Find one near you or host one yourself.

Act

On World Food Day, #hungerto do more. Host an awareness dinner in your home, donate to a local food bank, or join our social media campaign – the options to take action on World Food Day are truly endless.  What do you #hunger to do?

Here are some ideas:

International day of Peace

International_day_of_peaceI love that each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on the 21st of  September, which also happens to be my son’s birthday. This day should be devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and all people.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace, the theme of this year’s International Day of Peace is the “Right of Peoples to Peace”. This anniversary offers a unique opportunity to reaffirm the United Nations commitment to the purposes and principles upon which the Organization was founded. The Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace recognizes that the promotion of peace is vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights.

Here are a couple of special links for you to share with children about peace.

Peacekids.net is site devoted to raising awareness of social issues specifically for children. This heart warming resource will help your children understand how they can make a difference in their communities and the world. It contains a calendar with over 60 opportunities for them to take action, online books and an online a-z list of  more than 100 “Better World” hero’s, such as: Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mother Theresa, complete with the hero’s bio, quotes, links and coloring pages.

peacekids-net

 

PBSkids has a fantastic list of  books to read with your children, here’s a sample:

peace_books

It all starts at home, raise social awareness within your children and you’ll help them understand that they can make a difference.

 

Food Drive Donation gets you FREE admission to Los Angeles County Fair

LACFlogoHelp your community by donating Food to Food Drive Fridays and get FREE admission to LA County Fair.

Food Drive Fridays are on Sept. 19 and 26, from noon – 3 p.m. Donate five canned goods and receive free admission that day only.

for more complete details on parking other fees, see my post on the Los Angeles County Fair.

LACF_HallofHeroes4

 

A Weekend for Heros

whoa_logoCalling all Veterans, active military, reserves, police, fire and paramedics, with a valid ID you and one guest can visit the Los Angeles County Fair for $2.00 each. 

Weekend for Heroes is this weekend, Saturday, Sept. 13 & Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.

The proceeds from the $2 admission for hero and guest will be donated to Wounded Heros of America.

for more complete details on parking other fees, see my post on the Los Angeles County Fair.

LACFlogo