St. Jude's Seventh Annual Thanks and Giving Campaign

The day before Thanksgiving launches us into a season of beautiful and inspirational stories that inevitably make me succumb to tears for a complete stranger.   A season where we feel happy instead of obligated to give to those that have less than we do.   In that light, I wanted to share with you a campaign that has been officially launched to help the children of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

During this season, St.  Judes launches a campaign, started by Marlo Thomas, called the Thanks and Giving campaign.  Celebrities, businesses and brands come together to raise awareness and funds for the hospital.  The tag line is to "Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not."

If you don't have the funds to donate now there are other ways to get involved.  One of them is to be a virtual fundraiser!  This is a really cool idea, and I set up a page for Minute Menu in 10 minutes!  I set our goal to raise $500 dollars as a team and I have already donated $25 dollars. If you want to be a part of the Minute Menu Team or make a tiny donation, follow this link, Minute Menu St. Judes Donation Page.  If you want to make your own page and team follow this link, Make your own donation page and team!.

I am really excited!  If only two of my 300 facebook friends, donate $25 dollars, I will have raised $50 dollars for some children that are so hopeful facing something that is scarier I can imagine.  That money goes a long way, to give you an idea of what your contribution can mean see this list:

- $10 can provide one medical teaching doll
- $20 is enough to cover the cost of one bone marrow needle
- $30 can provide one Gymnic rehab ball
- $55 can provide one complete blood count test
- $85 can provide a pair of crutches
- $150 can provide one chest x-ray

Off to sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and all of the other social networks I use!



Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building