Guests Barbara Saltzman & Wendy Fachon

12-06-17 Guests Barbara Saltzman & Wendy Fachon

Give as a gift for the holidays and an ill child receives the same!!
Special Offer until December 31, 2017 from The Jester & Pharley Phund and President Barbara Saltzman:

Buy David Saltzman’s illustrated children’s book The Jester Has Lost His Jingle or Jester & Pharley Doll on their website and The Jester & Pharley Phund will match it and give to a child at a New England Hospital. 
http://www.thejester.org/
thejester13@cox.net
Call 1-800-9 JESTER

Founded in 2000, the non-profit The Jester & Pharley Phund developed from the overwhelming national response to David Saltzman’s illustrated children’s book The Jester Has Lost His Jingle.

This year, The Jester celebrates its 22nd anniversary, with more than 330,000 books in circulation.

The Jester was David’s senior project at Yale. Before his death from cancer at 22 in 1990, his family promised him that his book would be published as he envisioned it and that its universal message of hope, laughter and self-empowerment would be shared with children coping with cancer and other illness.

The Jester & Pharley PHund has received many awards and honors for its programs benefiting ill children and literacy.

Phund Accomplishments Include:
●189,000 Jester books and dolls donated
●51 Jester & Pharley Smile Carts in hospitals, shelters nationwide
●263-plus schools participating in Jester Read-A-Thons to help young patients
●45 million pages read by students to help ill children

All Donations Welcomed
thejester13@cox.net
http://www.thejester.org/
Call 1-800-9 JESTER

Neil Fachon~ The Student Leadership Training Program (SLTP) has used The Jester to inspire teens since it began over 25 years ago. Neil was one of several SLTP alumni who volunteered to run the Phund’s Reading to Give Program in the East Greenwich Schools. Neil planned meetings, worked on the paperwork and helped thread the beaded jingle bells given to each participant as a way to keep a reminder of the Jester and his joyful spirit. Neil added funny voices for Pharley to make the story come alive for his young listeners. Neil helped raise money for the gift he never knew would one day inspire him to fight cancer himself. Neil passed away from cancer this past year at age 20.

Barbara Saltzman President is filled with such energy that she is an inspiration to listen to and watch. The mother of author-illustrator David Saltzman has worked tirelessly to bring her son’s book to children and adults across the country — first publishing the book and now telling the world about it. The guiding light behind The Jester & Pharley Phund, The Jester’s Mom has traveled the country inspiring children and helping youngsters realize that it’s up to them to make a difference, it’s up to them to care. An honor graduate of the University of Southern California School of Journalism, Barbara was an editor at the Los Angeles Times before publishing her son’s book and overseeing the creation of The Phund. In schools and hospitals, auditoriums and libraries, bookstores and business conference rooms Barbara is a sought-after inspirational speaker. It doesn’t matter if she’s reading The Jester to students or to children undergoing chemo or to teachers looking for new ways to motivate students…

Stand For The Silent (SFTS) with Kirk Smalley: Kids being Bullied & Suicide

10-04-17  Stand For The Silent (SFTS) with Kirk Smalley: Kids being Bullied & Suicide

Stand for the Silent was started in 2010 by a group of high school students in Oklahoma City, OK, after they heard the story of Kirk and Laura Smalley’s son, Ty Field- Smalley. At eleven years old, Ty took his own life after being suspended from school for retaliating against a bully that had been bullying him for over two years. Stand for the Silent exists as a platform to allow Kirk and Laura to share their story, and offer education and tools that will prevent their tragedy from happening to another child and family. Kirk and Laura’s mission is to continue to change kids’ lives and bring awareness to bullying and the real devastation it causes.

Since May 2010, Kirk and Laura Smalley have traveled to over 1,000 schools and spoken with over 1,000,000 kids! In March 2010, Kirk and Laura met privately with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in The White House prior to attending the first ever White House conference on bullying.

The Program
The Stand For The Silent (SFTS) program addresses the issue of school bullying with an engaging, factual, and emotional methodology. With the help of student leaders, Kirk Smalley presents his inspirational story, and students are shown first-hand the life and death consequences of bullying. Through this unique approach, lives are changed for the better. Students, some for the first time, develop an empathetic awareness through education and understanding.

The goal of the program is to start a SFTS chapter at each participating site. Each chapter consists of a group of students committed to change. These students will no longer stand for their peers to suffer at the hands of a bully. At the end of each event, pledge cards are given to those who agree to stand for the silent. The pledge speaks of respect and love…hope and aspiration. Above all, it illustrates the main lesson taught through the Stand For The Silent program: I AM SOMEBODY. https://standforthesilent.org

Katie’s Krops Founded by Katie Stagliano, Co-Host Ce Ce Hartford

09-13-17 Katie’s Krops Founded by Katie Stagliano, Co-Host Ce Ce Hartford

“Katie’s Cabbage is the inspirational true story of how Katie Stagliano, a third grader from Summerville, South Carolina, grew a forty-pound cabbage in her backyard and donated it to help feed 275 people at a local soup kitchen. In her own words, Katie shares the story of the little cabbage seedling and the big ideas of generosity and service that motivated her to turn this experience into Katie’s Krops, a national youth movement aimed at ending hunger one vegetable garden at a time. http://www.katieskrops.com/

Katie’s Krops…Growing a dream!

The idea for Katie’s Krops began with a 9-year-old girl and a 40 pound cabbage.  In 2008 Katie brought home a tiny cabbage seedling from school as part of the Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program.  She tended to her cabbage and cared for it until it grew to an amazing 40 pounds. Knowing her cabbage was special she donated to a soup kitchen where it helped to feed over 275 people.  Moved by the experience of seeing how many people could benefit from the donation of fresh produce to soup kitchens, Katie decided to start vegetable gardens and donate the harvest to help feed people in need.

Katie’s Krops now has 100 gardens growing across the country and has donated thousands and thousands of pounds of fresh produce to people in need.  The mission of Katie’s Krops is to empower youth to start and maintain vegetable gardens of all sizes and donate the harvest to help feed people in need, as well as to assist and inspire others to do the same.

Co-Host Ce Ce , a Katie’s Krops Grower

CeCe, who is a Katie’s Krops grower in Urbana,MD. She first became connected to Katie’s Krops, two years ago while watching “The Chew” with her mom and saw Katie Stagliano on one of the episodes. After hearing Katie speak about her mission, CeCe knew she had to apply. That night, with the help of her mom applied for a grant and has been blessed to be part of the KK family.

Since the age of 3, CeCe has always had a passion to help others. CeCe donates 100% of her harvest to families in need of food.  Starting at the age of 10, she began with 3 donated plots by her local Twin Hills Community farm and presented a proposal to elementary school last year to revitalize their school garden. With the help of the STEM teacher, she has engaged 22 other students to start a Garden Club that meets twice a week during the school year.  During the off season, she hopes to hold a food drive.

Last year, CeCe donated over 500 lbs of fresh food and with the help of the gardens at the school, she has set her goal to 1,000 pounds. CeCe will be moving on to the middle school, but the principals at both schools have agreed to bridge the gap and work together, by expanding the garden at the elementary school and building a garden at the Middle School. She is very dedicated to the mission of Katie’s Krops and appreciates the help from her classmates.

CeCe serves on the Katie’s Krops Youth Advisory Board and has partnered with the University of Maryland extension office for additional resources. She passionately donates her harvest to the seniors in her community and to the Frederick Soup Kitchen and Pantry. Her dream is to open her own restaurant, where she can offer free meals to feed families in need on specific days out of the month.

Welcome Kylee’s Kare Kits forKidz, Inc with Kylee McCumber and Twin 14yr. olds Lleyton & Kyle Rutz with BrickDreams

08-30-17 Deborah Beauvais welcomes Co-Hosts 15yr old Kylee McCumber, founder of  Kylee’s Kare Kits for Kidz, Inc and twin 14yr. old Lleyton & Kyle Rutz with their BrickDreams

Kylee’s Kare Kits for Kidz, Inc.

Kylee McCumber and the kare kits team of Brenda Menjivar, Ava D’Eon, Chloe D’eon, Olivia Gallo, Mia Losey, Rachel Hinckley, Katerina Zahariadis, Kassie Diaz, Emily Brown & Cassie Boas pack kare kits of non-perishable food that are currently given to seventy elementary school children in Leominster every Friday. These are children who wouldn’t have enough food over the weekends when they are not receiving breakfast and lunch at school. If you would like to learn more about what the kare kits team does visit our web site at www.kyleeskarekitsforkidz.org or email us at kyleeskarekitsforkidz1@gmail.com . Our mailing address is Kylee’s Kare Kits for Kidz C/O Kylee McCumber 68 Main Street #564 Leominster, MA 01453.
https://www.facebook.com/KyleesKareKitsForKidz/

In Kylee’s Words
In September of 2012, at the age of ten, I started Kylee’s Kare Kits for Kidz, Inc to help children who did not have enough food at home on the weekends. I had noticed that there were many children eating breakfast at my school each day and asked my grandmother why this was. We spoke with my school principal and began to research ways that we could help these children. We currently provide food every weekend for children in the Leominster public school system. Each Friday the children receive a kare kit that includes cereal, juice, fruit cups, applesauce, pudding, macaroni & cheese, Chicken noodle soup, Chef Boyardee or Spaghettio products, granola bars, fruit snacks, peanut butter crackers…. The contents of the kare kits vary week to week depending upon what we can purchase on sale or what may have been donated that week. My original goal was to be able to provide food for 10 children each week. With the support of family, friends and our community we are now providing food to over 300 children on a weekly basis. This has been such a heart warming experience for me. Thank you to everyone who has helped me to help these children!!

BrickDreams with Lleyton & Kyle Rutz

A child’s dream is to play with bricks forever. A brick’s dream is to be played with forever. Our mission is to make both dreams come true. BrickDreams is a charity that changes lives. We collect, clean, and redistribute LEGO bricks to children in need. Any and all LEGO is appreciated. We were founded on May 7, 2012.

One might ask, “Why LEGO bricks? Why not other toys?” It is because LEGO stimulates the mind. They allow children to learn, and use their imagination. It is possibly the only toy where a child of any age can build a car, then take it apart and build an airplane, a house, or whatever their imagination desires. Who wouldn’t want that for a kid?

https://www.gofundme.com/697s3258
http://www.brickdreams.org/
donate@brickdreams.org, or please mail them to:
BrickDreams P.O. Box 891 Folsom, CA  95763

In addition to LEGO bricks, we would also greatly appreciate donations packing tape used to package the LEGO.
Lleyton & Kyle received a $1,000 grant in November 2016 from Daisy Button Believes  http://daisybuttonbelieves.com/grantwinners/

Lleyton Rutz
My name is Lleyton Rutz and I am 14 years old.  I was excited to be asked to take over the charity Bailey began. I believe in BrickDreamsmission and I like the opportunity it gives me to communicate with adults and do good things for other kids.

Kyle Rutz
My name is Kyle Rutz and I am 14 years old.  I am excited too and think I can do a lot to make sure BrickDreams has all the tennis ball cans it needs.  I am a great LEGO sorter too!