Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Safety................

Kids look forward to Halloween for many reasons. They like the dressing up in costumes but the mostly they like it for the candy and treats!

Trick or Treating should be one of the great adventures of Halloween for kids! They can get dressed in scary costumes and go door to door, begging "Tricks or Treats!" from neighbors or at the local mall. Lots of small towns have a Halloween Safe Night at the community center or school so kids can Trick-or-Treat safely but going door to door is the stuff of childhood memories! It should be a fun time, without trouble and pain, so following some easy tips can keep your child safe every Halloween.

Children should always go out trick or treating accompanied by a responsible adult. If you have a group of kids going, the parents should choose two or three of them to go along and keep an eye on things.

Some towns set a curfew for trick or treating which makes it easier for townsfolk to know who's coming to their door. Make sure and stick to the curfew times and stick to subdivisions and areas with a lot of homes so your kids can get in as much trick or treating as possible in a few hours time.

Plan a safe route so parents know where their older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home. Make sure that your child is old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves. Make sure that they have a cell phone.

Let your children know not to cut through back alleys and fields if they are out alone. Make sure they know to stay in populated areas and not to go off the beaten track. Let them know to stay in well lighted areas with lots of people around. Explain to them why it can be dangerous for kids not to do this. If they are going out alone, they are old enough to know what can happen to them in a bad situation and how to stop it from happening.

Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you. This way you can check for any problem candy and get the pick of the best stuff!

Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car. Explain why this is not a god idea and what to do if someone approaches them and tries to talk to them.

Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.

Let them know that they should stay together as a group if going out to Trick or Treat without an adult.


Happy Halloween!!!!!!!!!!

Halloween

Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Make A Difference Day...........

For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine and Points of Light have joined together to sponsor Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. Millions of volunteers around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others. Join us on October 27, 2012. http://daytabank.handsonnetwork.org/

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Adopt A Soldier.........

Make a difference in the lives of our Service members. You will find that everyone can make a difference. It does not have to cost much, your time and support means just as much. Homemade cards, letters, and drawings mean more to our troops than you can imagine.

We have been adopting soldiers for over 6 years. Remember especially during the holidays our soldiers need to know we are thinking of them. Do not forget this is a long term commitment but we have found a program that does give you a choice. If you want to adopt a soldier for their length of deployment or make a one time commitment.

http://soldiersangels.org/adopt-a-soldier.html or http://www.adoptaussoldier.org/index.php/site/adopt

They have both options available............. .............

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fall My Favorite Time of Year..............

Fall is my favorite time of year a chill in the air, smells of pumpkins and turkeys in the air. Remember this is the time of year where people can use even a little extra help. Go through your closets and find a good pair of shoe, an extra coat or blanket and donate them. When you go to the grocery store pick up an extra can or boxed item and start a collection for your local food bank. You can organize one if you would like.