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Oxfam America Emergency!


On top of the widespread famine affecting the people of Somalia, a cholera epidemic has sprouted up in the impoverished region. This preventable disease can be fatal for the malnourished Somalis. Oxfam is airlifting emergency supplies, but they need help! Donate if you can, spread the word if you can’t.

Follow this link to a video about what Oxfam does:
http://goo.gl/KLYF4

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Free Zoo Tickets for Blood Donors


FEEL STRONG this summer by donating blood with Oklahoma Blood Institute!
You’ll receive a voucher for two tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo, a T-shirt and the satisfaction of knowing you saved three lives with your donation.
Photo ID Required.
Now through August, you can support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by forgoing the T-shirt offered in appreciation for giving blood. In turn, Oklahoma Blood Institute will make a monetary contribution of similar value to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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Oxfam America: Fix the Broken Food System


Dear Joyce,
Soon there’ll be nine billion of us on the planet.
The food, water, and land we all rely on could be used up.
Starting today, Oxfam’s GROW campaign will work to change the way we produce, consume and eat.
Take the first step.
Your family goes to bed hungry every night. You scrape just enough money together each day to feed them, but today at the market, the prices of basic foods like rice have jumped. What do you do?
Give your kids less? Eat less yourself?
This dilemma is real. Food prices in recent years have hit record levels, causing riots in 25 countries. Farmers who are producing the world’s food can no longer feed their families.
Our food system is broken…but not beyond repair. Oxfam is launching a major campaign to take on the policies and corporations that control how much food gets produced, where it goes, who eats and who doesn’t – and we need your help.
Hunger isn’t about too many people and too little food. Our world produces enough food for all of us. So why does one in seven people still go to bed hungry each night?
A small handful of corporations control the vast majority of the food we eat. Local elites and frantic investors are grabbing up land we desperately need. Crops are being turned into fuel for SUVs. The causes are complex, but the solutions are pretty simple. And every one of us can make a difference, right now.
Together, over the coming months, we’ll push for a few simple but powerful changes to ensure our planet is ready to feed 9 billion people by 2050. Here’s how we’ll do it:
  • Demand that our leaders use crops for food, not fuel.
  • Pressure Congress to make sure ALL our food aid actually reaches those who need it most – right now, half never makes it.
  • Hold corporations accountable when they speculate on food prices, causing costs to spike and people to go hungry.
  • Push world leaders to help small farmers, who are facing more frequent droughts, floods and storms.
We aren’t saying it’s going to be easy. But together, we can make sure there is a place at the table for 9 billion people.
Sincerely,
Vicky Rateau, Campaign Manager, GROW
Oxfam America

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Tornado Damage in Stillwater: Donations Needed


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We have had 9 families in Stillwater with affected homes from last nights tornado that went thru on the south side of town.  We are in the process of damage assessment with these homes, and assessing the needs of these local families.  Fed Ex is still going to Joplin, I just met with them, but they are also taking supplies for the Oklahoma tornadoes of last night, and will be taking trucks to OKC Red Cross for distribution.  9 is the preliminary report at this time, and there may be other homes yet to be discovered.  At this time we are taking donations of recovery items for the local families here at our office on 8th.  Examples of items needed are:
  • Bleach
  • Work gloves
  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • Brooms
  • Buckets
  • Storage containers
  • Blankets
  • Rakes
  • Salvage Bags
  • Chap stick
  • Bug repellent
  • Sun screen
  • Hammers
  • Nails
  • Water/Gatorade
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Non perishable food
  • Meal vouchers
 
We also have a shelter open at the Red Cross office here on 8th street, for the victims of last nights storm.  The shelter will be open as long as needed. We are accepting donations for the Stillwater families at our office. Please pass the word.  Thanks. Vicki
 
Vicki Henington
Executive Director
North Central Oklahoma Chapter
114 West 8th Avenue
Stillwater, OK 74074
Off 405.372.1833
Fax 405.377.5849
Cell 405.780.1327

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Smile for a Day: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


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Have you ever considered asking the tooth fairy for a donation? That’s exactly what Audrey Liles did while participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society‘s School & Youth Program – Pennies for Patients.
When I heard about this, it reminded me just how powerful children can be. I’m enclosing the note sent to us from Jennifer Liles, Audrey’s mom.
This is the 2nd year my daughter has participated in “Pennies for Patients” at her elementary school, Piney Point Elementary School, Tall Timbers, MD. Today she brought home the information and emptied her piggy bank to fill up the box for the LLS program. My daughter just turned seven and is in the 1st grade.
After dinner she asked me for a blank piece of paper to write a letter to the tooth fairy and asked me not to look. When she got done this is what she had written:
(I have not edited grammar or spelling)
Dear tooth fairy we are having a thing at school called Make change beat cancer. We have to send money to the school and donate to other people that don’t have the money to buy the medicine for there sick kids. So I was thinking you could come to my house tonight and leave me money so I can bring it to school. Love, Audrey Liles
This made my heart melt and I really felt the need to share it with you. Thank you, Jennifer Liles (Audrey’s Mom)
We’re always amazed at the impact children are making on the lives of patients with cancer. This year alone, more than 15 million students raised $26 million through our School & Youth Programs to help beat cancer. We are grateful for people like Audrey, her mom Jennifer, and for all tooth fairies.
Your support makes a difference.
For more information about LLS’s vital work, visit www.lls.org.
Wishing you the best of health,


John E. Walter
President & CEO

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ServiceNation: Mission Serve joining forces for Operation Honor Cards


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Earlier today, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launched “Joining Forces” from the South Lawn of the White House, a major initiative that builds on the Administration’s ongoing commitment to serving our nation’s military families.

“Joining Forces” will bring together non-profits, companies, schools, religious groups, and communities in a nationwide effort to support and engage military families and veterans through a variety of innovative partnerships.

As you may know, Mission Serve, ServiceNation’s civilian-military initiative, was launched on Veterans Day 2009 with the support of the First Lady and Dr. Biden. Now, we are honored and thrilled to have a role in their new effort. We are joining with our good friends Blue Star Families, the American Red Cross, Girls Scouts of America, Lions Clubs International, The Mission Continues, and many, many others in an initiative called Operation Honor Cards.

Operation Honor Cards aims to create an atmosphere of ‘shared service’ and a WWII sense of ‘all give some’ by encouraging Americans to perform service in honor of military families and veterans.

Operation Honor Cards will promote and collect virtual Honor Pledges of community service through the website at www.honorcards.org. The website will also maintain a running tally of hours of community service committed and fulfilled in honor of military families, service members and veterans.

We encourage individuals and organizations to join the program – you can fill out physical honor cards pledging service and download an online Operation Honor Cards kit to learn more.

Yours in service,

Ross Cohen
Director, Mission Serve

About ServiceNation: Mission Serve

Mission Serve is the ServiceNation coalition’s civilian-military initiative, connecting the civilian and military communities through a broad array of service and volunteer partnerships designed to address the challenges of our nation and our military communities.

On Veterans Day 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and Mrs. Alma Powell joined us in Washington, DC as we officially launched our efforts at George Washington University, celebrating 36 civilian-military service partnerships, connecting organizations across the civilian-military worlds such as Habitat for Humanity and The American Legion, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Student Veterans of America, and many more.

In 2010, Mission Serve bolstered the civilian-military volunteerism infrastructure. We did this through an aggressive campaign that located military-supporting volunteer opportunities throughout the country and posted them online. Over the course of our campaign, we expanded the number of these opportunities from 463 to more than 2,200, an increase of 475% in just three months. These can be found online by entering your zip code into Serve.gov.

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How to Help Alabama


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The Higher Education Service-Learning list serv has compiled several ways to start helping Alabama with the tornado tragedy. Below are some ways. Now, go do something!

Compiled ideas are posted here: http://alabamapossible.org/2011/04/tornado-relief-how-you-can-help/

You can also “like” the Alabama Poverty Project at www.facebook.com/al.possible or follow us @alabamapossible on twitter for further information.

  • In terms of donations, cash is king!  Donations (clothes, food, etc…) are expensive and difficult to transport, sort, and distribute.  Furthermore, when people give money, it assists in rebuilding.  Cash donations allow money to be spent in local communities.  When outside goods are brought in, it hurts local businesses.
  • National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) is a coalition of organizations that respond to disasters.  They have some great information about how to help after a disaster – http://www.nvoad.org/index.php/hth.html.
  • If you are looking to volunteer and are not currently affiliated with any organization doing disaster work, I would encourage you to check out the National Relief Network (www.nrn.org<http://www.nrn.org/>).  They match groups with disaster projects.  In addition to securing work for your group, they arrange housing and meals (which can be very difficult to do if you do not have any relationships in the impacted area).
  • The Alabama Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives also has some great resources on their web page www.servealabama.org<http://www.servealabama.org/>.   In addition to assisting local communities manage volunteers, they also have operate the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund, which directly helps residents of Alabama.

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Spring Fling Blood Drive, March 28-31


The Spring Fling Blood drive will be next week on campus! 

The blood drive will be held on the 4th floor of the Student Union in the Starlight Terrace & bloodmobile on Library Lawn.

Check out the OBI Spring FULL SHEET to find a local patient story with direct ties to OSU.  Please take the time to read through their incredible journey and the way blood donation and bone marrow registry has played a major part in their lives.  

Feel Good. Give Blood. Go Pokes!

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For Japan: Students Against Hunger


The recent earthquake and massive tsunami have left hundreds of thousands in Japan homeless and in need of everything from food to medical supplies. It’s hard to comprehend the magnitude of this tragedy, and the fears still faced by thousands of people in Japan.

To help, we’re encouraging students to raise funds for organizations already on the ground providing medical attention and working to make sure people’s immediate needs are met.

Download our guide to hold your own event, and let us know what you have planned.

While organizations are not looking for volunteers right now, they do need funds to make sure they can respond quickly. Two of the organizations already on the ground and needing donations are Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross. If you are able, please donate today.

Thanks,
Megan Fitzgerald
Program Director
National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness
http://StudentsAgainstHunger.org

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Hearts for Humanity Dance, March 9


Do you remember “Hearts for Haiti” last year? Or, have you heard of “Hearts for Haiti”?  

This year, LDCC, iSo and Saga bring to you…

“Hearts for Humanity”

An International Formal to benefit the non-profit organization World Neighbors  

  • Wednesday, March 9, 2011
  • Student Union Ballroom  
  • Lessons: 7 – 8 pm  
  • Dance: 8 pm – 12 am
  • Admission is free! Donation suggested!
  • Formal attire (from any country) is encouraged!      

World Music/Music from the 80’s will be played!  

“After the earthquake in Haiti, people at OSU came together as one to help the Haitian people. They impacted my life as Haitian and made me feel part of a community. Let’s come together as one again to impact other people’s lives in the world.”

Rock Andre, Haitian Fulbright recipient at OSU.   

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