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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Food Wish List for the Weekly Children's Backpacks

For those of you who are asking for a Wish List, here it is.   :)

Food Blessings in a Backpack
L. Karin Elliott


Canned Soups with Meat  (Progresso Soups, Chunky Soups, Healthy Choice Soups, etc.)  (CC)
Chef Boyardee Mini Ravioli, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Beefaroni, Mini ABCs, etc.
Campbell’s Spaghetti-O’s  (Big Lots has best deal & Food City also)
Cans of Baked Beans  or  Ranch Beans  (CC)
Small Cans Vienna Sausages
Boxed Kraft Macaroni & Cheese   (CC)
Top Ramen Noodles or Cup Noodles   (CC)
Tuna or Tuna Salad – in pouches or small cans
Chicken or Chicken Salad – in pouches or small cans
Canned Vegetables   (Corn, Green Beans – CC)  //  Peas, Mixed Vegetables, Carrots
Fruit Cups -   Fruit Cocktail, Pears, Peaches, Mandarin Oranges, etc.  (CC)
Apple Sauce in squeezable pouches  (CC)   or small cups
Fruit Strips   -  Welch’s or Mott’s  - single-serve  (CC)
Hard Fresh Fruit, like Apples, Oranges, Halo Tangerines, etc., that won’t mush  (CC)
Pudding Cups or Jello Cups   (non-refrigerator kind)  (CC)
Single-serve size boxes of Cereal – “Kellogg’s Fun Packs”  (The “$ General” has the best prices)
Single-serve pouches of Oatmeal   (CC)
Pop Tarts   (CC)
Granola Bars   (CC)
Raisins in small boxes  -  single-serve
Snacks  -  single-serve bags   (like pretzels, chips, etc.)  (CC)
Cookies  -  single-serve bags  (CC)
Candy  &  Chocolates (mini bars)
Goldfish Crackers  –  single-serve bags  (CC)
Pretzel & Cheese Dippers
Snack Crackers with Peanut Butter or Cheese   (CC)
Peanut Butter - 16 oz. or smaller – Creamy
Jelly –  16 oz. or smaller
Kirkland 100% Juice Variety Packs – small boxes   (CC)
Hershey’s Chocolate Milk – small boxes   (CC)

CostCo (CC) has a lot of these items in bulk at very reasonable prices.

Thank You Bunches !!  :)

Friday, January 22, 2016

Ben's Bells Honor on December 21, 2015

Congratulations Karin Elliott, creator of the weekend backpack program for the Outer Limits School, and this week's ‪#‎bensbellee‬. Karin was nominated by Bill Berk for her initiative in helping families in need at the school. Karin was not asked to start the program, she simply walked in the front door 18 months ago and said she has thought for years about starting a program for families who need extra food over the weekend, and she would spearhead it. Karin puts together 20 backpacks for children who need extra nutrition on the weekends. She accepts contributions from others, but does most of the work herself. This year she has arranged for each child to receive new clothing, shoes and toys for Christmas and provided a holiday dinner to each family.
Read more about Karin's kindness in Tuesday's edition of the Arizona Daily Star. ‪#‎bekind‬ ‪#‎practicekindness‬ ‪#‎bensbells‬

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Arizona Daily Star: Food program for students shows volunteer's compassion

Food program for students shows volunteer's compassion: Weekly award for good deeds in the community.

Please click on the above link to see the story published today in the "Arizona Daily Star" newspaper about receiving my second  Ben's Bells.  This one for my "Food Blessings in a Backpack" program at Outer Limits School.   :)

It is such an honor and so very humbling at the same time.  :)

Thank you each and everyone for your kind support !!  :)   I am so grateful to you all !!  :)


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Christmas for the Munchkins 2015 - Part 1

They say that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, I will say it takes a village to make Christmas for 20 children in need.  :)  And a village stepped forward to help this Christmas. It was absolutely phenomenal.  :)

This year, after I got all the Wish Lists from the children together it all began with the people at Cintas Uniforms wanting to get new outfits and shoes for the children.  Kat, who works at Outer Limits, was the go-between & the Wrapping Angel for all that clothes and those shoes.  :)
Thank you Kat, Jarred, Erick, Julie, Lupita, Debra, Mike, Steve, Annette, Adam, Matt, Ernie, and Howard for all your Kindness !!  :)  I heard that some of the Munchkins were wearing their new outfits the next day to school already.  :)  Also thank you all for donating all that soup, plus the odds & ends of food, which are always much needed too.

Next, Reilly came forward and offered to speak with the nurses at TMC's NICU. She said before she retired there, the nurses every year at Christmas donated to schools to help out the kids and that she would check on that.  We gave Pat, the Manager of NICU, copies of the Munchkins wish lists and these incredible 89 nurses bought all the toys on the lists, even a brand new bicycle and a small tricycle. When Reilly brought over all the toys it filled up most of my livingroom and brought me tears of joy.  :)  Reilly had to make two trips, she couldn't fit them all in her Bronco at once.  :)  Last year each child received one or two big gifts and some smaller ones, this year, thanks to you nurses at TMC, the gifts were all big.  I am so grateful for all your caring hearts & Pat's too for your kind help with this !!  :)   And thank you all for your donation to the food fund to fill the backpacks each weekend, which is on-going throughout the year !!  :)  We just crossed 5,000 meals and snacks provided in 19 months.  I am looking forward to doing it all again next Christmas with you all.  :)

My dear friend Jane, sent a check so I could buy new PJ's or nighties for the Munchkins and to put whatever was left over into the food fund.  Thank you so much my Jane Angel, you are always there for me, no matter what !!   :)  My gratitude for and to you is enormous !!  :)

Then my dear neighbor Dave, donated a brand new movie or TV series DVD which each child got to choose.  :)  "Frozen" was the most popular one again this year, and then the "Ninja Turtles", with the gifts also.  Thank you Dave, you are the kindest man I know & you are always there for me too, no matter what !!  :)   I feel so blessed by being your Heart Sister, you are the Brother I never had !!  :)

Next one day I get a call from Karly, who works at  R&A CPA's along with her best friend Amy. Both ladies have their children at Outer Limits School and had heard about my backpack program from Bill, the owner of the preschool.  Karly said that she wanted to help with Christmas and was going to talk to her co-workers about donations.  She emailed me the next day saying that within a few short hours she had gotten together $680.00 & that the owners had matched the amount the employees donated.  Since I had all the toys and the clothes already I thought it would be wonderful to be able to provide the makings of Christmas dinner for the 11 families of the 20 children in the backpack program.  So there was a big box for each family with a frozen turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, a pie, gravy and more.  Karly had gotten $1,250.00 together and from the left over money got gift cards from Fry's Grocery Store for each family, so they could purchase fresh vegetables and fruits, etc.  :) Thank you so much Karly and everyone else involved at R&A CPA's for helping these families in need & for your beautiful caring hearts !!  :)   I am so grateful to you all !!  :)  It was so nice to finally meet you Karly, Amy, and Marselle at the Christmas party for the Munchkins.  Marselle, thank you also for taking some of the pictures of my Ben's Belling!!  :)

I had called some of the book suppliers of my Native American store and asked if they would donate children's books for the Munchkins for Christmas.  Kelly at Four Winds Trading, and Bruce at Dawn Publishing came through in flying colors !!  It was so wonderful to have all your great books to share with the kids and to aid in their learning new things !!  :)  One of the children wanted nothing but books and I was told that he squealed with joy when he saw them at Christmas.  :)  Thank you so much Kelly and Bruce, you are both awesome and your thoughtfulness is so much appreciated !!   :)

To be continued ....

Christmas for the Munchkins 2015 - Part 2

.... There are so many wonderful and touching stories to tell about this Christmas that I could fill a book.  :)

Thank you Sarah W. for buying all those fun stocking stuffer toys for the Munchkins and for putting so much thought into each one !!  Also for all the candy cane reindeer you put together again this year for everyone and one for me too.  :)  You are so creative and so thoughtful too !!  :)

Thank you Carlos O., my dear mailman, for donating your Christmas money from me for Matchbox cars and stickers for the kids !!  That was so dear of you !!  :)

Maria J., thank you once more for all that jewelry you donated to sell for Christmas and the food fund!!  I'm still working on that, but have sold a few pieces so far.  Business is very slow these days. And thank you also for the gift items you sent, all were wrapped and given to the kids !!  What you did is absolutely incredible !!  :)   Everyone, please see my blog post "A Miracle" from September 20, 2015, about this and stop by to shop some of this gorgeous jewelry.  :)  It is for a great cause !!  :)

Many thank you's go to my doctor, Donna R., for knitting 11 really sparkly scarves for the little girls for Christmas !!  They were just so beautiful and I could hear in my head all the girls oohing and aahing when they saw them first.  :)  You are the best !!   :)

It was amazing how many bakers came forward, so we had really sweet bags of cookies for each child. Some of you, Sarah W., even put them in very pretty bags to save me time and I am so grateful for that.   :)  Thank you so much Reilly & Eileen, Cheryl, Rebecca, Debra, and Sarah W. for baking the sweet treats !!  :)

Jhan, thank you for making all your super incredible chocolate fudge !!  :)  We used some of it at the Christmas party for the kids the next day.  

Dave and Nichole, thank you so much for donating the pretty Christmas baggies filled with candy for the Munchkins to go into their gift bags !!  :)

And Trader Joe's for their awesome support by donating their candy and cookies !!  Plus 50 of their wonderful paper sacks with the handles.  It made it so easy for the kids to carry their gifts in them.  :)

Big thank you shout-out's go to the following Angels who helped out with funds to support all of this, and for some of it to go into the fund for food to cover some of the coming weekend meals. Thank you with all my heart Mark B., Jill G., Sylvia F., Martin M., Amy & Richard C., Alice A., Cheryl & Michael C., Nan F., Martha F., Myrna O., Nichole & Nathan M., K.C., Jhan, Jerri & Andy, Debra I., Paul, Karen W., Steven R., Tina & Rich, Catherine P., Julia & Drew, and Carolyn T. for the Fry's gift card, which bought 20 jars of peanut butter and 20 jars of Jelly for the kids.  All your Kindness is so appreciated !!  :)

Another big thank you goes to you the ladies of the "St. Joseph Rosary Makers Club" for all the much needed food you donated for the weekend backpacks !!  :)  I am always grateful for your help every winter !!  :)

To top it all off, my dear friend, Mark Irvin, on December 29th donated 58 tickets to the "Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl" college football game to the Munchkins, their families, and the staff of Outer Limits.  I heard it was incredible and everyone had a blast.  :)  Thank you kindly, Mark !!  You are so giving !!  :)

To be continued ....