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The tender beginnings of Halloween
What’s the true meaning of Halloween? Get all the candies? Actually, sweet friend, the true meaning of Halloween was originally meant to remember the dead, including saints, martyrs, and all the faithful departed. In the spirit of all of those inspiring heroes here’s my list of ways to do good and thus feel good. Happy do gooding!
#1) Donate candy to deployed troops, veterans, & first responders
Step 1) Ask your kids if they want to participate in the do-goodery and donate their candy from
Step 2) Find a drop off location for the treats using the map on the O.G. site.
Locally in San Luis Obispo, California two offices are collecting candy!
R&R Dental Care at:
Robert Flores, D.M.D. & Robyn Flores, D.M.D.
E. Foothill Boulevard, Suite 101
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Phone: (805) 544-9440
Ryan M. Ross, DDS
11545 Los Osos Valley Rd Ste A, San Luis Obispo, 93405 United States
Mail the candy yourself using the instructions on the Operation Gratitude website.
Step 3) Consider making a donation toward the shipping costs.
Step 4) Like the Candy Give Back Page and OperationGratitude pages on Facebook
#2) Host a blood drive or donate blood
Organize an on-point theme event for Halloween. . . a bloody epic blood drive!
The Red Cross people are professionals and will help you by supplying posters, links to spread the word about your drive, and information on appointments. Remember one donation can save three lives!!
#3) Boo a neighbor
Make your neighborhood fun and build the sense of community in your area by “Booing” your neighbors. You need to gather some treats, sneak up to their porch, and leave the treats to be discovered by your friends/friends to be. Boo at least three friends. Just give a little treat, a few cookies or stickers with silly string, no need to go broke. It’s the thought that counts. You may or may not leave a note to boo it forward. If you want your friends to boo it forward there are plenty of cutesy poems on Pinterest for you to copy. In addition to the ‘booing’, there is now a thing called ‘boozing’ where the playdoh and snickers are replaced with booze.
#4) Help Team Lilly bring joy to those kids ‘inside the glass’ this Halloween
The Bumpus family is the most amazing family! Daughter Lilly was miraculously diagnosed (thanks to a caretakers suggestion to have her seen and her mother’s *demanding* and insisting of care despite doctor’s giving her a clean bill of health) with cancer when she was an infant. Her odds of surviving were slim to none. She is now in grade school, cheerleading, selling girl scout cookies, and raising loads of money and support for all children struggling and fighting cancer. (Lilly was living on the Central
If you become a part of the Team Lilly tribe your life will be better for it. They’ve written a children’s book about Lil’s cancer journey, they are in talks with Paramount to have a movie made of their story. I think most people in the world will know Lilly’s story soon. Her brilliant life and light are growing every day. You can follow Team Lilly on Facebook or Instagram or on their official site. It’s an incredible community made up of incredible humanitarians over there!
Have you tried any of these suggestions? Do you have any more ideas to add to our list of