November 21, 2011
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Woo hoo games!
Well six hours later we are officially in NC! I love being home. Especially when it’s been three whole months since I’ve been here. I know that doesn’t sound like a long time to some people, but for me, it is. I love being with my family, and seeing all my friends when I come home. I also really don’t mind the car ride. In fact, I kind of enjoy it. It gives me time to think or read or play games that I would normally be too busy to do. Somehow being trapped in a car for hours on end gives me the permission I need to relax and do whatever I want.
One of the best parts of taking a road trip as kids (and even as an adult for me) are the games you get to play and bring with you. Donate Games works hard to be sure that children with rare diseases can play all the video games their little hearts desire. DG collects new and used video games and gear and repurposes them so they come back to life for their new owners. Started in 2008, DG has grown tremendously over the past three years and has donated more than 3,000 new video games to hospitalized kids. Jim Carol was inspired to give back after his son was diagnosed with a fatal form of leukemia, and he saw the joy and comfort video games brought into his son’s life. DG teams up with other charitable organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, XBox, and EA Sports. If you’re feeling especially moved by DG’s cause, you can sign up to host your own game drive! DG will hook you up with all the posters, collection boxes, and pick-up arrangements. Child’s Play is another organization that uses the power of the video gaming community to benefit sick children. CP has a network of over 70 hospitals world-wide where they donate toys, books, and video games to help brighten the day of kids who could really use a burst of sunshine. CP works in two ways. They work with their network of hospitals and their staffs to set up gift wish lists full of all kinds of fun stuff. If you click on a hospital location on their website you can see the list and send a gift of your choice. CP also accepts monetary donations that they put towards purchasing new consoles and games so children and their families have an enjoyable distraction from their otherwise uncomfortable situation. Life is too short not to play games!
Donate Games Donation
Child’s Play Donation
So here’s to you cars! You give us the perfect excuse to kick back, relax, and be a kid again! Unless we’re driving and then we should definitely be an adult and pay attention. The ABC game, the name game, Eye-Spy, you name it and most people have probably played it at one time or another in the car. Thanks for being one big arcade on wheels. I’m pretty sure I hear the sound of parents everywhere agreeing with me.
April 24, 2011
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Gas seems to be doing that thing is usually does this time of year. Going up, up, and away with all of our spending money. We are in the thick of spring with summer’s temptations of longer days and endless nights starting to pop up more often than not. So more of us are trying to figure out if we can walk to work, bike to work, or at least get in on a carpool with some folks. I used to love the show Pimp My Ride, which had sadly gone off the air, but these days people want someone to green their ride. Thankfully that’s all something we can do ourselves. It’s as easy as walking a little further, biking a little longer, and being a little smarter.
Who didn't love Xzibit?
While it’s true that making our transportation a little more green can put a lot more green back in our wallets, we also get by with a little help from our friends at the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy. ITDP works with communities worldwide to come up and implement sustainable transportation solutions that overall improve our quality of life. Founded 25 years ago ITDP is the go-to non-profit for cities in developing countries that want to cut greenhouse emissions, reduce poverty, and increase equitable transportation. All that is great for the city, but you may be wondering how they are helping us little people. Well, they are also working to initiate bike share programs, car free days, build safer streets for pedestrians and bicyclists, and improve the overall quality and affordability of bikes. ITDP is big enough to make real changes, and small enough to touch the lives of individuals. Walking is great but sometimes you need a jet plane to get where you need to go. Angel Flight West is a great charity that makes sure money never prevents a child with cancer from getting treatment, or a father from being reunited with his family after being separated from them because of a natural disaster. AFW has flown over 40,000 missions since they first began their goal of providing free flights to deserving individuals back in 1983. All of the AFW volunteer pilots donate their time, aircraft, and fuel for every mission they fly and give hope back to someone who needs it most. Red Bull may give you wings, but Angel Flight West gives you your life back.
Institute for Transportation & Development Policy Donation
Angel Flight West Donation
So here’s to your ride! No not that gas guzzling SUV you own, those two feet on the bottom or your legs or that bicycle you have stashed out in your garage. You are what really moves us from place to place and we’re starting to realize that you’re not only greener and good for us, but you also save us a whole lotta dough. Now’s the time to lace up those tennis shoes and pump up those tires, cause we ain’t getting no younger and gas sure ain’t getting no cheaper.
I don't know about you but I can't afford those prices!