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By Brian Paul Each year I like to take time to reflect on the previous year – the ups and downs, what brought me happiness and what I could work on next year to become the best possible person I can be. Is it me or do we sometimes feel like the year has beat us up a bit? Maybe a lot. I, myself, have had a year filled with illness, injury and too many personal goals pushed aside. When it comes to charitable giving I usually tend to fall short there as well. I usually regret not giving more and not serving more. Time is a precious commodity and outside of work and family duties it’s  ...

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National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week

Did you know? 1 in 8 people worldwide don’t get enough food to eat? Think about it- there are 7.4 billion people in the world. That means that 842,000,000 people are either getting very little or nothing at all to eat- every single day. To put that in perspective, the number of hungry people in the world exceeds the populations of the U.S., Canada and the European Union combined. World hunger Hunger does not refer to missing a meal or two. It is a debilitating crisis that is affecting every corner of the globe. It is, hand in hand with malnutrition, in fact, the number one health risk and  ...

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The Fog Has Lifted: A pair of eye glasses change Pedro’s life

Since fourth grade, Pedro has been living in a foggy, indistinguishable world because of poor eyesight. His eyesight was so bad that his mother had to read his homework to him. He knew that glasses could rectify his problem, but sadly his family was too poor to afford them. Today, now at 16 years old, he wakes up early with hope because he heard that one of our partners would be checking vision and providing free eyeglasses in a nearby small, remote town in Central Guatemala, San Agustin. When the team gave Pedro his first pair of glasses, he could see clearly for the first time in about  ...

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La neblina se ha disipado: un par de lentes le cambia la vida a Pedro

La neblina se ha disipado: un par de lentes le cambia la vida a Pedro Como resultado de sus problemas de la vista, desde cuarto grado Pedro ha vivido en un mundo indistinguible, cubierto de neblina.  Ve tan mal, que su madre tiene que leerle la tarea; y aunque sabe que unos lentes podrían corregir su problema, tristemente su familia es demasiado pobre como para poder comprarlos.  Hoy, a los 16 años, Pedro se ha levantado temprano, lleno de esperanza, porque escuchó que uno de nuestros aliados estará haciendo exámenes de la vista y proporcionará lentes sin costo en San Agustín, una pequeña  ...


#GivingTuesday: What the Season is Really About

Black Friday is tomorrow, and for a lot of unlucky workers, it’s starting as early as this afternoon. While I’ll be enjoying an extra helping of turkey and cranberry sauce, people are already camping out and lining up for the best deals of the season. Like every other year, someone is bound to get hurt. People will fight and generally be horrible. All for some electronics or the hottest, newest toy. It’s hard not to witness this behavior on the news each year and think that we’ve completely forgotten what the season is about.* But then I remember that there are also the stories about  ...