BK2HK 2016 … Shave OR a Haircut …

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This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
~14th Dalai Lama

August. We know it’s hot. We know it’s humid. School is back in session, which means the morning commute is much more hectic.
August. It doesn’t sound like a very kind month, does it???

Well, IT is a kind month. And, here is where we explain ….. for the 4th year…. why it is so. Here are 3 examples of what this trait can accomplish.

First and foremost, it’s time to celebrate “Be Kind to Humankind Week”, also know as, bk2hk! Started in 1988 by Lorraine Jara from Toms River, New Jersey. This week was created to promote acts of kindness performed by peeps … to other peeps … all over the globe. It’s like one big kindness fest with a different theme each day, so take a look at the website, which will be listed below, and get that “kindness groove” moving on!!

ARE YOU READY????????? “Be Kind to Humankind Week” is August 25-31st, so we’re giving you advance notice to plan your kindness attacks!!!

Now, onto our second example ….. Saint Baldrick’s Foundation!!! Primarily fueled by volunteers, this not-for-profit organization is raising money to conquer childhood cancer. Their main fundraiser is their head-shaving events … they are actually called “the crazy head-shaving people” because they are crazy enough to think that this head shaving thing can raise enough money to help research and find cures for childhood cancer.

Their challenge ……. BRAVE THE SHAVE!!!!!!!!!

Are you willing to take the challenge???

Well ….. looks like we have a place for you!!!

Here is our third example ….. takin’ it local, ya’ll, because that’s what we do. The Chop Shop hosts a Saint Baldrick’s head shaving event every March for the last few years. Owner, Mike Platow, and his team of stylists set up shop on Main Street with clippers ready for anyone who is ready to “BRAVE THE SHAVE”, and to donate to Saint Baldrick’s. They are the “crazy head-shavers” who help to raise money for childhood cancer. We salute The Chop Shop and how they promote kindness by giving back.

 

Pictured: (left to right) Rhodie, Amber, Suzie, Tammy, Tiana ….. our 2016 example of what it really means to be kind to humankind.
Thank you!!!!!!!!!

Be Kind To Humankind Week
http://www.bk2hk.org

Saint Baldrick’s Foundatiom
http://www.stbalricks.org

The Chop Shop
Facebook: Thechopshop727

 

 

Photography: Terrie Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is our village…

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Knock Knock. WHO’s There …..

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Another day.  Another FUN holiday!!!!!!!!!

 

March 10th is …..

 

Wait for it …..

 

International Day of Awesomeness!!!!

 

And, their official tag line is:

“No one is perfect, but everyone can be awesome.”

 

The International Day of Awesomeness was created by Kevin Lawver at the suggestion of one of his interns.  As a joke Kevin posted it to Twitter.  Very soon after posting,  a feed of tweets flooded his timeline in support of a special day to perform and celebrate feats of awesomeness.

 

AND… why  March 10th???  Because it’s Chuck Norris’  birthday.  We hear he is pretty awesome or at least that’s what Wikipedia says.  You can decide for yourself, but we’re moving on to more awesomeness.

 

“Nobody’s perfect, but everyone can be awesome” is a reminder that we ALL have greatness inside.  Don’t settle for mediocrity!!!!!   Radiate that awesomeness out to the world, just like Chuck!!!

 

So, here is where we explain the title of this post and the pic.  With International Women’s Day celebrated this week, we would like to tell you about a  local charity support group by the name of WHO, Women Helping Others, in which the  wise owl “who” is watching over us,  is their logo.

Started in the fall of 2014, this group formed as a way of giving some of the women villagers a chance to connect while at the same time giving back to local charities that may need a little support financially.

Here’s the lowdown ….. a $20 tax-deductible donation is collected at the door for the designated charity (knock, knock) and everyone brings  either a dish or a bottle of wine to share ….. let’s call it  community and communion.  Local businesses donate raffle prizes and,  those raffle tickets sold raise the size of the donation.

Women Helping Others Mission:  In every community there are neighbors needing a helping hand.  WHO’s goal is to identify and support those in need of dignified giving.

 

The International Day of Awesomeness is a celebration that people are awesome everyday and their “feats of awesomeness” are rarely recognized.

Well, ladies … we recognize the good that you do and we thank you.

BTW … We will be sending this to the International Day of Awesomeness website to acknowledge your greatness!!!!  (Singing now…. Let’s Hear it for the Girls!)

 

This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is our village…

 

The International Day of Awesomeness

http://www.dayofawesomeness.com

 

Women Helping Others

http://www.whosafetyharbor.weebly.com

 

Photog:  Terrie Dahl-Thomas

 

Words:  Karen Vest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bk2hk 2015 ….. Going #BeyondTheBucket

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This is what we do, ya’ll!

We spread peace, love and ….. oh yeah ….. that “kindness” thing.

This is our 3rd year celebrating “bk2hk” week!

Before we explain this special week, we would like to share with you why we publish posts such as this. Sometimes … well, lots of times, we need to read about the goodness that IS happening in the world in which we live; so we can continue to have hope in humanity.

Soooo, here’s some hope!

Be Kind To Humankind Week is a salute to being kind and participating in kind acts toward other humans. It’s a chance for all of us to show some compassion to our fellow man, send a smile to a stranger or go above and beyond the call of duty, and it’s celebrated every August 25th-31st. Please check the link below and find out about “bk2hk” week ….. OR ….. you can check out our archives … which, would be in August……….
just in case you were wondering!!!

But, ENOUGH about us!!!

It’s time to explain what true kindness is, and what going #BeyondTheBucket really means.

You’ve all heard of the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge”, and you’ve seen the countless number of celebrities participating and nominating more celebrities to “take the challenge” or donate.

Now, we’re taking this challenge into and out of the village ….. AND ….. going #BeyondTheBucket!!!

Embracing Life Through Love is a Federal nonprofit organization and public charity that specializes in patient care and support services for those affected with Neuromuscular and Motor Neuron related diseases. It’s the diseases that have no cause and ….. no cure. Yes, it’s Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), MS, Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD) …. even spell check couldn’t make out the last one. Remember, there is no cure.

Enter Stage Left ….. Megan Durgan, the founder of Embracing Life Through Love, and the vision of her organization is to develop a wellness retreat center — the first of its kind. It’s all about addressing the need for additional services that most insurances do not cover, and no one is turned away regardless of their ability to pay.

What this organization needs more than anything is donations. Please visit the website listed below, and do your part to make this vision a reality.

Pictured: Megan ….. going #BeyondTheBucket!!! That’s why she is our 2015 example of what it really means to be kind to humankind. Thank you!

Be Kind To Humankind Week
http://www.bk2hk.org
Decide to be kind.

Embracing Life Through Love
http://www.embracing-life.org
Bringing hope and healing.

YES. IN ALL CAPS ….. P.L.E.A.S.E. D.O.N.A.T.E.

*Dedicated in memory of Mark Alton Wedde.

Photography: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is our village…

#WDoG…

#WDoGIt’s about giving without expectations of reciprocity.

It’s about an unemployed man deciding to give $10 to a different person every day for a year.

June 15th is “Worldwide Day of Giving” and we are so excited to share this story with everyone reading this post.

BTW …. thank you for reading!!!

So, here goes it …..

Reed Sandridge had lost his job at a nonprofit organization due to the economy. Instead of giving into fear, he set out on a year-long altruistic journey that began on December 15, 2009 with the concept to give away $10 to a complete stranger everyday.

In honor of his mother – who was always thinking of others before herself – Reed created the “Year of Giving” documenting every $10-a-day giveaway.  He didn’t just drop $10 (remember…. all while unemployed) but rather, gave them a gift that was priceless.  He listened to their story … asked what they would do with the money … proved to them that they mattered!  Everyday is documented on his blog which is listed below.

 

Want to play?????????

Here’s how.

It’s three activities to choose from … OR … choose all three.

1.  Give a stranger $10

2.  Volunteer

3.  Donate $10

Explanations:  from the “Worldwide Day of Giving” website ……

*Giving a stranger $10-  Find a complete stranger.  Approach them and tell them that you are participating in the Worldwide Day of Giving and would like to give them $10.  The only rules are that you may not know the person and you may not receive anything in return for the $10 (aside from the rush of goodness you will feel).

 

*Volunteer-  You can volunteer with any organization.  For those of you who are busy and can’t take off work, consider micro-volunteering on websites like http://www.sparked.com.  Many of the volunteer projects take 20-30 minutes.  You can volunteer on your lunch break.

 

*Donate-  Give $10 today to your favorite charity.  Don’t know who to give to?  You can donate through the Year of Giving website to help some of the 365 recipients Reed gave $10 to in 2010.

If you live in the village, we would like to give you 2 suggestions for donating on #WDoG.

*  Friends of the Safety Harbor Library

http://www.safetyharborfol.weebly.com

*  Safety Harbor Museum & Cultural Center

http://www.cityofsafetyharbor.com

 

The secret to living is giving, ya’ll!!!

 

Get that crisp $10 bill out of your pocket and be ready to place it in someone’s hand on June 15th.   There’s someone out there that needs it.

NOTE:  Music video after the credits,  soooo … stay tuned!!!

 

Reed’s Year of Giving

http://www.yearofgiving.org

Twitter @ReedSandridge

 

We also would love to hear from you on June15th!  Listed under our names are Twitter and Instagram accounts.  Remember to #WDoG!!!

Photography:  Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Twitter:  @DahlTerrie             Insta:  @terriedahl

Words:  Karen Vest

Twitter:  @karen_b_invest    Insta:  @karen_b_invest

 

 

This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is our village…