Oh sweet, sweet Saturday I am so happy to see you! You seem to show up just when I need you the most. You help us remember how to relax, do something fun, and forget about the worries of the work week. You give us an excuse to watch a Sex and the City marathon, Star Wars VI-Return of the Jedi, or the first season of Sons of Anarchy. Saturdays are also great for getting around to all of those other household chores the weekdays never let you finish, or volunteering for you favorite charity. Saturdays are just splendid, no matter how you spend them.
The Alex who stared it all (www.alexslemonade.org)
I remember being a little kid setting up a lemonade stand in front our house on a Saturday trying to make a few extra bucks. Our road really wasn’t prime time lemonade stand property, but it was always fun and got us out of the house. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was started in 2000 by a brave four year old little girl, named Alex, who was suffering from neuroblastoma. Her first lemonade stand raised over $2,000 to help fund cancer research so doctors could “help other kids, like they helped her”. Even as she was battling her own cancer, she continued to her lemonade stand in her front yard every year and the new spread about this brave little girl. Lemonade stands were set up across the country and people donated their proceeds to Alex and her cause. ALSF has raised over $40 million to help fund research for childhood cancers, and helped fund over 150 cutting-edge projects. Even though Alex passed away in 2004 at the age of eight, her family and her supporters have made sure her legacy continues to live on today, tomorrow, and beyond. Another thing that I really, really, really love to participate in that starts with S is shopping. Most people, and especially women, can totally relate to this. Endorse For a Cause lets you shop and give back to your favorite charity at the same time. In case you haven’t picked up on it I’m a big fan of charities that let me shop and be philanthropic simultaneously. EFAC knows that we all want to make a difference with our lives, and supporting great causes like Feeding America or the American Cancer Society is now as easy as buying a new pair of stilettos. Become a member of EFAC and share your favorite retailers and products with your friends by tweeting or updating your status and a part of the money you (and your friends) spend goes to the charity of your choice. There’s only one word for how great that is. Sweet!
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
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So here’s to you S! Sundaes, soccer, salmon, Scrabble, Saturday and Sunday also really appreciate you starting them off. Wheel of Fortune thinks you’re pretty special too because you’ll always a freebie in the last puzzle. Spring and summer couldn’t start off on the right foot without you, and a game of chess needs you to end. Be sure you think about the ‘ole important crooked letter as you enjoy your Saturday evening and your Sunday morning. See ya tomorrow!