On April 22, you or your child can be a sponsored bouncer or a virtual bouncer at one of 144 Pump It Up locations throughout the country. The sensory environment at Pump it Up encourages people with autism of all ages to run, jump, laugh and play in a place where they feel comfortable and accepted. You’ll get food and drinks, rest areas, safety guidelines and medical support. Plus, you’ll be surrounded by others who care deeply about autism.
If you don’t know who Miranda Cosgrove is, your kids do. Just ask them how much they love iCarly (I say “how much” because I promise you, they already love her).
Okay, now that you’re fully filled in on Miranda’s amazing star power, you’ll want to enter Quaker Oat’s Afterschool Rocks sweepstakes for a chance to win a private musical performance by Miranda herself, to be held in your hometown.
Not only would winning make you the coolest mom or dad ever, but the sweepstakes is helping promote the Afterschool Rocks campaign—coordinated by the nonprofit Afterschool Alliance, Miranda Cosgrove, and Quaker Chewy Granola Bars—to help raise awareness of the importance of afterschool programs. Visit quakeroats.com before April 20 to enter and to learn more about how you can help spread the word.
In Be Well: Messages from Moms on Living Healthier Lives, 15 moms reveal the creative ways they’re fighting childhood obesity in their own homes and communities. For instance Ashley, a Houston mom, runs each night with her two sons while Emilia, an Austin mom, found affordable resources to get her family more active.
Download the book free here. Or buy a hard copy for just $2.99 here.
Admittedly, when I heard about the earthquake in Chile, I felt the same sense of uselessness I did when Haiti was first hit.
Despite instant communication tools like Skype, Twitter and Gowalla, being so physically removed from people in need becomes glaringly clear at times like this.
But after conferring with our senior health editor, Kara, I went to one of the largest humanitarian networks in the world, the American Red Cross, for guidance.
The organization has made an initial $50,000 pledge from its International Response Fund for relief operations, and the Chilean Red Cross is already providing first aid, search and rescue, and supplies.
While they’re doing what they can, we can all donate to beef up that response fund, even more so because March is Red Cross month.
And what better time to check out classes being offered at your local chapter? Learning seemingly little things like pet first aid and ways to comfort a family after a house fire might be just the thing to do in light of these major tragedies. After all the Red Cross is, “Down the street. Across the country. Around the world.”
In the latest of the many, very amazing initiatives to help Haiti, Hasbro has teamed up with the Youth HandsOn Network to start a nationwide fundraising program. It’s called PLAYATHON for Haiti, and it is as cool as it sounds.
Your challenge: Set up a PLAYATHON, where kids are sponsored to play, using the instructions and templates here.
The payoff: Up until March 31, 2010, the Hasbro Children’s Fund will match the total amount raised through PLAYATHON for Haiti events in support of SOS Children’s Villages, a nonprofit organization committed to the long-term care of children who can no longer grow up with their biological families (up to a total of $500,000).
In addition to providing food, medicine and clothing to Haitian children affected by the earthquake, SOS plans to immediately set up long-term “pop-up” shelters for orphans in need. All of the funds raised during the PLAYATHON for Haiti will be allocated towards these shelters, which cost between $1,250 and $2,500.