As American Virtue readers know, we highly value individual and community preparedness, so our team is looking forward to checking out the first issue of Prepare and hopefully gleaning some further insight and encouragement from them. If we really enjoy it, you’ll hear more about it here!
As we mentioned in the March/April issue of American Virtue Magazine, autism awareness is a cause pretty close to the hearts of our team. There are tons of great resources out there and we try to introduce you to a few of them here and there. But today, we’d like to simply invite you to read this lovely post by Dawn, over at By Sun and Candlelight, in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day.
One child of mine never likes jeans. After donating three or four pair with the tags still on them, I realized it was a total waste. No more jeans for her. Also, keeping the drawers more empty makes it easy for everyone to find the clothes they really love and to keep them neat and well utilized. The same is true for “hand-me-down” clothes from friends. I have learned to go through them, and rather than putting all the clothes that fit into the mix with my children’s current clothes, I pick 5-10 outfits total per child in their rooms. When they get too worn our or outgrown, we swap them out.
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Check out this article about a really neat entrepreneurial step one cab driver took in the Tacoma, Washington area:
One night in the Aloha Cab.
This guy’s got some great ideas! Love the customer service aspects – but more so, his focus on community. As Marie Duval (assistant to the publishers here at American Virtue) mentioned, this would be a fun way to get a youth group activity going or a phenomenal date night ride.
For more info, you can visit www.AlohaCab.com – and if you’d like to hear more from our own Marie, check out her article entitled Reclaiming the Land, in the Hearth & Home column of our debut issue!
(For the record, this is a different Cheryl than the Cheryl on the American Virtue team. But how fun of a coincidence, eh?)
- Feel like something sweet? Keep an eye out for goodies from Sweet Candy Company – I recently spotted their taffy in our base exchange and noticed they are Made in the USA (Salt Lake City, UT). I poured mine into a canning jar to add a little holiday color to my kitchen; tie a ribbon on the jar and it would make a fun gift for a teacher, neighbor, or even a good hostess gift for parties this season.
- Are you waiting anxiously for Black Friday and Cyber Monday? You might want to check out Small Business Saturday while you’re at it, for ideas for supporting businesses in your local community too!
- With Thanksgiving less than a week away in the USA, many folks are counting their blessings. Many others are wondering where their next meal will come from. If you’d like to help the hungry in your area, stop by Feeding America and see what you can do. Remember, every little bit helps!
- Speaking of food – are you jotting down resolutions for the new year yet? If better nutrition is on your list, check out Annette Reeder’s Designed Healthy Living series about Biblical health and wellness. (Look for an interview with Annette in the debut issue of American Virtue Magazine as well!)
- Last, but not least, if you are a non-theist family looking for support and resources, take a look at Bright Parenting Magazine. They are also coming up on a deadline, so do consider sharing your own thoughts as well.
- USGS Earthquake Hazards Program: includes links to FEMA tips and a handbook for earthquake-prone areas (which anyone can learn from)
- FEMA’s document IS-22 – An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness: provides information for a variety of preparedness concerns, including earthquakes. (This could be handy for anyone trying to be more prepared for regional concerns!)
- Discovery Education’s Ready Classroom guide: Useful for school and at home; this could be a vital resource to pass on to your child’s teacher(s) or administrators at local schools if they don’t already have it.
- Own or operate a business? Business owners have specific needs due to liability for workers and consumers. FEMA’s Ready.gov does include a section for business people – from planning to implementation and improvement.
- As most of us know, Japan is a country all too familiar with earthquake preparedness. This Earthquake Survival Manual contains vital information in both English and Japanese for those who wish to be better prepared. Check with your local emergency service providers for information applicable to your area, such as contact information and evacuation routes, of course! (Additional information on earthquakes is available from the British Embassy in Tokyo that may be of assistance as well.)
As someone who has resided on the “Ring of Fire” since the late 1980s, in various areas, I can attest that one thing holds true no matter where you live: learn what you can and be prepared, so that if an earthquake strikes, you can do your best to remain calm and know how to react. Be safe out there, dear readers!
Please make sure you touch base with us if you operate a veteran-owned or other USA-based small business, or if you offer products that are Made in the USA. We want to help you spread the word about your offerings, but we can’t do it if we don’t know you’re out there!