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Life is Good Playmakers – #GivingTuesday

by · June 18, 2013

Few brands attract my love and devotion as strongly as Life is good.

Their simple shirts, hats and other accessories have always made me smile. The vibe matches my love of the outdoors, a good dog and a kicked back approach to life.

But, today I don’t walk to talk about their clothes and instead share with you something much more important and that is the work that The Life is good Playmakers do to help kids overcome poverty, violence, and illness┬áby using the power of joyful play to heal and strengthen children.


The Hockey Foundation

by · May 21, 2013

My beloved Boston Bruins are currently working their way towards another Stanley Cup, so I thought today would be the perfect time to tell you about my friend Adam’s organization The Hockey Foundation.

A couple of years ago when I first met Adam he was working for an NHL team trying to get them to embrace social media. They never fully understood it, he left and then he started talking about how he wanted to go to remote parts of the world where they had never heard of hockey and teach it to the kids. I vividly remember him first mentioning going to India to do this and my reaction being that I didn’t even know they had ice there to skate on. How wrong I was.


Raising a Reader – #GivingTuesday

by · April 16, 2013

By third Grade, 39% of all third graders do not read proficiently and this number jumps to 60% for low income children. Children who are not reading proficiently by 3rd grade are 4 times more likely to leave school without a diploma.

Think about those facts for a moment.

I know when I first heard them I was shocked. Sure, I knew reading skills were vital, but I hadn’t seen the numbers so clearly showing how critical it is to get all kids reading at such an early age.


Cradles to Crayons – #GivingTuesday

by · March 26, 2013

Children have no control over the world they are born into. I think this is why any organization that aims to make the lives of those born into poverty or other less than desirable situations always get my attention.

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth to age 12, living in low- income and homeless situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.


No Kid Hungry – #GivingTuesday

by · January 29, 2013

I’m currently reading The Dude and the Zen Master. It is a great read as you are allowed to be a fly on the wall for a series of conversations between two friends. One of them happens to be the actor and photographer Jeff Bridges who I’m a big fan of. They get into a big conversation about starving children in our country and the work he is doing as an ambassador for the No Kid Hungry campaign from Share our Strength.

The timing couldn’t have been better as I was getting ready to sit down and write this week’s #GivingTuesday post.