Toys, Trees and Turtles

15 Dec

I’ve kept up with my 30 Ways in 30 Days project, in spite of being out of the country on a press trip. Here are the actions that I’ve taken in the last few days:

Donate a Toy to Toys for Tots

Do you remember unwrapping the My Little Pony or Transformer that you’d been dreaming about all year?

Help give a a little boy or girl a special holiday this year by donating a toy to Toys for Tots.

I decided to make my toy donation to my friend Janet, who is running a toy drive in honor of her son Luke, for Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Luke died a little over two years ago from DIPG, an extremely rare brain stem cancer. He was 10 years old; you can read a story I wrote about him and Janet here. We also appeared on Good Day Austin to talk about the fight against childhood cancer.

Luke loved Christmas, and Janet collects toys to donate to the children who are spending their holidays in the hospital where Luke spent so much of his time. Not only did my boyfriend and I both contribute toys and gift card to the cause, but I also had a small party of a few close friends, and asked them to bring toys for donation. They all did, which was so awesome of them, and we ended up with quite a haul of donations on Luke’s behalf!

Dedicate a Tree to Someone You Love
Trees are pretty amazing and let’s face it, we need them to survive. This holiday season, in lieu of a present, you can dedicate a tree to someone you love and help rebuild Southern California’s forests. Dedicate trees to honor your family, friends, co-workers or clients. Give the gift of green and help contribute to bringing the Angeles National Forest back to life.
Tweet What “Help” Means to you 

In America today, there are 2.5 million domestic workers, nearly 10 percent of whom do not earn the legal minimum wage. There is, however, an enduring spirit of collaboration and compassion in “today’s help,” and their stories are as powerful as those of previous generations.

In association with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, TakePart interviewed domestic workers from around the country about the issues facing nannies, housekeepers and caretakers, and what “help” means to them. Watch one of the videos and tweet what help means to you with the hashtag #HelpStories.

I tweeted mine – check out my twitter @shelleyseale

Tell Congress to Protect Endangered Turtles and Manatees
There’s no need for conservation efforts to end up on the federal chopping block. You can help by writing a letter to your senator and urging him or her to protect endangered sea turtles and manatees.

Until next time!

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