Proof Positivity: Do I Gotta

10-1-2008-24712-pm29 What a rough morning for me!  The baby was up screaming on and off through out the night, my little girl got up in the middle of the night, my husband was snoring all night.  I just want to go back to bed.


I do have a few things for you this morning.  Always looking for something positive for you!  Can you imagine your fiance goes off to war and you wanted a gorgeous wedding dress but just couldn’t afford it?  Now you Can!  Brides Across America gives free wedding dresses to the bride.  “Brides Across America was born on a  realization that our country needs to do more to support our troops and their families.”


Lately, there has been a lot of buzz on going green.  My family can’t afford to do something like this overnite so we have started little by little.  We have started to purchase canvas bags to do our grocery shopping.  We only have 3 we are probably going to purchase more though.  When we go shopping we do it for the entire month.  You can go to nearly any store and get these bags everyone is starting to go green.  You can go to Oriental Trading Company and get them too.


Million Dollar Shoe Give Away


Payless Shoes will be giving underprivledge children shoes.  65,000 shoes in the first of its kind shoe campaign.  Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program will form a partnership network of local non-profit organizations across the nation.


“With the economic challenges in America today, the underprivileged are hurt more than any other group. Now more than ever, it’s important to step up and help out,” said Matthew E. Rubel, Chairman and CEO of Collective Brands, Inc., which owns Payless ShoeSource. “Footwear is a basic need that many of us take for granted. Yet a significant portion of children across America need shoes.

“A great pair of shoes can lift spirits, bolster self confidence and bring a huge smile to a child’s face. We are happy to help families across America with the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program this holiday season.”


Thre is also a call to non-profits.  Those wanting involvement can visit Payless Shoes site.  Selection criteria for non-profit participation includes IRC 501(c)(3) status, as well as direct access to underprivileged children in local communities during December. The application process for non-profit partners of the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program starts today and ends Nov. 21. Selected partners will be notified and the shoe gift coupons will be distributed in various quantities to the partners based on the number of constituents they serve.


A Friend That Can Relate


You are new to a country.  You need to learn a new language, gain new friends, and new customs will be an every day thing.  Maru has been honored with The 2008 Greatest Products iParenting Award.  The iParenting Award program recognizes the best products in the children’s media and juvenile product industries.  The Maru doll is based on the life of a young girl who journeys to the United States. Living in an unfamiliar place, learning a new language and making new friends are all events recounted through the eyes of an 8-year-old girl in “Maru and Friends,” a storybook that comes with the doll.  Tanya and Jamie, Maru’s newest friends, help the young girl through her journey while celebrating the ethnic and cultural diversity characterized by today’s youth. The dolls have unique child-like facial features that are representative of their ethnic culture.


In Rememberance


Joanne H. Alter, who broke the gender barrier in Chicago area politics, died on Sunday, November 9, in her Near North Side home after a long illness. She was 81. 


Alter, a “lakefront liberal” reformer, was the first woman Democrat elected to public office in Cook County, and a pioneer for women interested in social action and public service. She later co-founded Working in the Schools (WITS), the largest tutoring program for at-risk youth in Chicago.

Alter “was a gale force of nature,” said her son Jonathan, a Newsweek columnist. “At a time when most women took a back seat to men in politics and civic life, she was usually in the front row or up on the stage directing the action.”

Describing her as “the Jackie Robinson of women in Chicago politics” her son noted that her last act was casting her vote on Nov. 4 for Barack Obama.

“Long before ‘glass ceiling’ made it into the lexicon, she showed by example how to smash it,” said her daughter, Jennifer Alter Warden, president of Baird & Warner Residential Sales. “While she was an inspiration to women, the truth is she believed in merit, and would help anyone with potential to fulfill their dreams.”joanne-alter-chicago-pioneer-for-women


Before the 1972 election, Alter went before the late Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, and told him it was time he opened the Democratic Party to women. As founder of the Illinois Women’s Political Caucus, she offered him a list of 32 qualified women candidates that did not include herself. Daley, moving to defuse the gender issue, responded by slating Alter to run for Trustee of the Metropolitan Sanitary District (now Commissioner of the Water Reclamation District).


I have said it before, women, it wasn’t so long ago that we were able to vote.  We need to remember those that came before. 



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