Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Go Fund Me - Help Build a Home for People with Special Physical Needs wanting to be Independent


Jake is my son. He was born 29 years ago. By the time he was 6 months we learned he had Cerebral Palsy. The doctor didn't give us much hope, but that night Jake looked up at me and smiled. Like most special need parents we were looking for a miracle.  As Jake grew older we learned he was a quadriplegic, but blessed with the ability to talk. All his other needs required assistance. But I promised Jake and myself we would stay together and make it. 

Before Jake was born, I completed my Doctorate Degree and worked as a College Program Director. I raised grant monies for Meals on Wheels for the elderly, disabled, and people with AIDs.

I wanted to be a great mother, but I needed to support Jake's medical needs. (Jakes' father left when he was 4 years old). I found work I could do mostly at home. For over 40 years as a single mother, I worked a full-time job and 4 part-time jobs. I paid my taxes, Medicare, and Jake's medical bills for 29 years plus.

As the years passed, I worried what would become of Jake. There was no family left and he did not want to go to a group home.

I turned our home into a Boarding House hoping to create a home for other people with special needs.

There was no money to make repairs and upgrades to the home. The medical bills came first. If I don't make the upgrades, we will be forced to move out.

I don't have much money to hire an aide,  So I had to give up my work and became Jake's caregiver. I'm in my 60's and I am trying to do my best, but it is becoming more difficult.




Please help us. We want to stay together and I would like to leave the house to Jake and other people needing assistance - giving people a sense of Independence and self-esteem would mean the world to me. 
https://www.gofundme.com/maintain-a-wheelchair-home 




Thank you for taking the time to read our story.

with warmest regard,
Sandy and Jake 

Our Hanukkah Celebration
Music, Symbolic Foods and Art

Our Favorite Hanukkah Songs




The Hanukkah Plate.

The food art is made to look like a dreidel, a four-sided spinning top used to play games during Hanukkah. The letter  ג (gimel) when facing up means the player gets everything in the pot.

The ג is made with strawberry jam and the driedel is made from traditional foods, such as Latkes, Sufganiyah, Jam, Sour Cream, Applesauce and Gelt (chocolate coins).

Telly from Sesame Street shows 
us how to play the Dreidel Game.

Traditional Hanukkah foods are fried and/or contain dairy, in particular cheese. Oil played a significant role in the Hanukkah story as a small jug of oil miraculously provided fuel for the Temple Menorah for eight days. Dairy symbolizes the victory of Judith, a young widow who over took the enemy camp by feeding the general with salty cheese that required lots of wine to quench his thirst.

The “Latkes” (potato pancakes) or “Sufganiyah” (fried doughnut filled with jelly or custard and topped with powdered sugar) are traditional foods seen at Hanukkah. Latkes remind us of the food hurriedly prepared for the soldiers as they went into battle. Latkes are usually served with sour cream and applesauce on the side.

In 17 century Europe it became customary for parents to give small sums of money to their children to donate to their teachers. The students learned how to give charity in light of commemorating the events of Hanukkah. In the 20th century, an American confectionary manufacturer came up with the idea of making Hanukkah “Gelt” from chocolate. They made the first chocolate wrapped coins specifically for Hanukkah. The Hanukkah gelt symbolizes the tradition of giving charity to commemorate the Miracle of Light. 







December 12, Gingerbread House Day
with a Healthier Look


Jake and I made this gingerbread house with peanut butter, raspberries, blueberries,
dried apricots and yogurt covered raisins. It's alright to snack on the decorations.

Jake and I also made a Hanukkah Gingerbread House.






The Gingerbread House is decorated with Fresh and Dried Fruits, Nuts, Vegetables, Peanut Butter and Low Fat Cottage Cheese. Peanut Butter will take the place of the icing traditionally used. The cottage cheese and cauliflower will be the snow and a wonderful dip when you are ready to serve.

Before you get started, remember to wash your hands. Also, we need to wash the fresh fruits and vegetables.
When making the gingerbread house, leave any perishable items in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them; that includes the cheese and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Have fun and be creative.

Monday, December 11, 2017

December 11, UNICEF is Founded
Providing Children Worldwide with
Food, Clothing and Health Care


UNICEF  was created on December 11, 1946 by the United Nations to provide children with food, clothing and health care. UNICEF believes nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. UNICEF is active in more than 190 countries and territories through country programs and National Committees.

History of UNICEF
Sir Roger Moore narrates a brief history of UNICEF, telling the story of a small UN agency founded to bring relief to the children in countries torn apart by WWII to the global force for health, education, and child protection it is today.

 


UNICEF Facts

Poverty contributes to malnutrition, which in turn is a contributing factor in over half of the under-five deaths in developing countries. Some 300 million children go to bed hungry every day. Of these only eight per cent are victims of famine or other emergency situations. More than 90 per cent are suffering long-term malnourishment and micronutrient deficiency. (State of the World’s Children, UNICEF, 2005)

In all developing regions, children in rural areas and children from poor households are more likely to be underweight due to lack of nutrition. (Progress for Children, UNICEF, 2010)

884 million people lack access to improved drinking water sources, and 84 per cent of them live in rural areas. (Progress for Children, UNICEF, 2010)



In wake of the floods, malnutrition threatens
thousands of children in Pakistan


Shop the UNICEF store and help children in need.
Every UNICEF card and gift you buy supports the efforts
to save children’s lives around the world.

UNICEF: "Let's Heal the World"
Young people from different nationalities across the globe
are sending a message of peace and hope through music, 
as part of a UNICEF partnership with Limkokwing University 
of Creative Technology to help create a world fit for children. 


Sunday, December 10, 2017

December 10, Human Rights Day
Providing Nourishment is a Human Right


Human Rights Day presents an opportunity, every year, to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.

"Upholding human rights is in the interest of all. Respect for human rights advances well-being for every individual, stability for every society, and harmony for our interconnected world" -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone's rights! Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. Humane values are under attack.

We must reaffirm our common humanity. Wherever we are, we can make a real difference. In the street, in school, at work, in public transport; in the voting booth, on social media.

The time for this is now. “We the peoples” can take a stand for rights. And together, we can take a stand for more humanity.

It starts with each of us. Step forward and defend the rights of a refugee or migrant, a person with disabilities, an LGBT person, a woman, a child, indigenous peoples, a minority group, or anyone else at risk of discrimination or violence.


Imagine - Human Rights

(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. 


(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.



  

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Gingerbread Decorating Day - Healthy Gingerbread House Ideas

#GingerbreadDecoratingDay - Healthy Gingerbread House Ideas  http://bit.ly/2B53Fr2




Gingerbread House Ingredients


Hanukkah Gingerbread House

Friday, December 8, 2017

December 8, National Brownie Day
Comparing the Brands

The chocolate brownie is either fudge or cake like, depending on their density. They may include nuts, frosting, whipped cream, chocolate chips, fruits or other ingredients.
Comparing the Brands

Recipe Resources










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