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Sunday, June 12th, 2011
7:35 pm - grant


I wrote a grant proposal for the Pepsi Refresh Project to get classroom libraries all over my school. I could really use some support and votes. I work in a poor area, and my students don't have access to books at home. Here's the link: www.refresheverything.com/booksforelston

Please take a minute to vote. It would mean a lot to me and my students. You can vote once a day until June 30 at midnight.

If your school needs money for a project, I also recommend trying out your own proposal.

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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
7:54 am - 50+ Freebies!


50+ Freebies here!


Please remember that Kind Over Matter's Freebies are for personal non-commercial use only. Print them for yourself, give them as a gift but please don't sell or redistribute them in any other way! If you'd like to share any of our projects on your blog you are more than welcome to, we just ask that you link directly to the post & not the PDFs, thanks for understanding!


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Monday, May 10th, 2010
6:57 pm - Maëlle's Scrapbook

Maëlle is my french teacher's 7-year-old girl, and she is a huge inspiration for me.  If you have already seen svtstarlight 's entry regarding this, you'll already know, but in case you haven't, here is the basic idea.

Maëlle has been diagnosed with autism and a neuro-muscular disorder, and during this school semester alone has been on the edge of death too many times to count.  If my french teacher cancels a class, as her students we are NOT happy for the break...we are worried about what has happened to Maëlle.

It's one thing to hear about stories like this on tv, and be distanced from it and it's effects...and it's a whole other to be sitting there in class with your teacher breaking down into tears as she tells us her adorable little girl was hospitalized yet again, and in the middle of getting all her blood filtered and changed, and various other procedures there is no guarantee she'll even wake up from.

It's a lot for a 7-year-old girl.  It's a lot for anyone.  But Maëlle has a strength that touched our entire class, and everyone who hears of it.  She smiles, she plays like the child she is, and is such a well of optimism and positivity you can't help but feel it as well.

It makes me feel selfish for taking what I have for granted.  It makes me cry to think of what she and her family goes through on a daily basis, just like so many other children and their families all around the world.

And it makes me want to do something to brighten this precious girl's day even by a little.

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Saturday, January 23rd, 2010
11:35 pm - Polar Plunge!

Hello everyone!

My name is Amanda, and I'm an RA at the College at Brockport in NY state. As a school and community, we're looking to raise money in support of Polar Plunge, a charity that supports the Special Olympics. I'm currently looking for people to sponsor me to take the plunge, aka jumping into Lake Ontario in mid-February! All of the money will benefit the Special Olympics, for children and adults with developmental disabilities. This is an AMAZING charity that helps a number of people, and I would love to bring in some more money to help it :) My page is here, and I would be beyond grateful if anyone was willing to donate! Thanks so much to anyone willing to help :o)

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Monday, December 7th, 2009
5:27 pm - Our magazine would love some help with our holiday gift drive

Everyone - Synchronized Chaos Magazine (which is online at http://www.synchchaos.com) is sponsoring a holiday drive for the Ford family, whom I've personally known for years. They have periodically submitted work and contributed to our magazine - some of Kristie's writing is already live for our upcoming December issue. The children are talented vocalists and graphic artists, and the mother has serious writing ability and I continually encourage her to go professional, as much as she can from home.

The two teenage children live with their elderly grandmother, as Kristie (the widowed mother) lost custody of them as she could not properly care for them due to her illnesses (melanoma skin cancer, narcolepsy, ADD, and the legally disabling mental illness of Delusional Disorder.) Kristie receives $860 a month disability income, $400 of which goes to her rent, and she sends as much as possible of the rest to her mother and her children. She's survived several mentally and physically abusive relationships and is also dealing with court costs and legal issues as a result of these.

There aren't too many resources in her area to help low income families...what does exist in San Rafael is targeted towards another very poor area of town, not where they live.

Kristie has a teenage boy (16 years old) and a teenage daughter (15 years old) and three nephews and nieces: a five year old boy, a six year old girl, and a six month old baby girl.

Food and gas money is a struggle, and she's gone hungry several times in the past few months. They cannot afford anything special for the holidays. So, our magazine staff is putting together a Christmas gift package for the family, and I'm inviting all my professional colleagues to contribute. This is our holiday tradition...every winter we pick our neediest contributing writers/artists and host a donation drive for them with their consent.

She gave out her address for me to privately distribute...but I can also pick up and deliver any gifts or donations, so if you'd like to help, please respond and let me know and let me know where you are.

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
8:28 pm

Well my friends, its that time of year again. Blogathon time! What is blogathon you ask? Its a twenty-four hour fundraiser where I stay up all day and night, blogging every half hour as proof and my friends and family sponsor me by donating to my favorite charity. For more information about the actual event check out www.blogathon.org .

This year, as in past years, I have chosen to blog on the behalf of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Best Friends is a private no-kill shelter located in rural Utah. They specialize in second chances for animals with severe health and behavioral problems. They rehabilitate animals that other people and shelters had deemed irreparable or those animals that simply ran out of time at other rescues. In recent years they have received much media attention due to their involvement in the rehabilitation of the Michael Vick pitbulls as well as their television show on the National Geographic channel. For further information about Best Friend Animal Sanctuary, including their mission statement, please visit www.bestfriends.org .

To sponsor me follow this link -> http://www.blogathon.org/pledge.php?blogid=57 . It will take you to a sign up page , where you sign up to be a sponsor (takes less that 30 seconds) and then it will redirect you to my page where you can then make a pledge.

For anyone considering sponsoring me, here is an incentive. Anyone who pledges more $10 plus will be entered to win 1 of 3 amazon gift certificates!!

Check out
http://www.blogathon.org/pledge.php?blogid=57  to Sponsor me!

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Sunday, July 12th, 2009
11:58 pm - Music For Relief

MUSIC FOR RELIEF is a grassroots effort comprised of musicians, music industry professionals and fans who believe that together we can create positive change. Established in 2005 to provide aid for those affected by the tsunami tragedy in South Asia, the idea for MUSIC FOR RELIEF originated amongst the members of the band Linkin Park who wanted to do something to help the victims. The idea was that if they made a donation, and then asked their musician peers and their fans to make a donation as well, a huge impact could be made in assisting relief efforts. With this in mind they started reaching out to others in the music community to get involved and became the founders of MUSIC FOR RELIEF. Our Mission is to respond to natural disasters and help victims recover and rebuild with an emphasis on housing, education programs and resources. MUSIC FOR RELIEF also recognizes the environmental consequences of global warming, which has demonstrated the capability to accelerate and strengthen certain types of natural disasters. Therefore the second goal of MUSIC FOR RELIEF is to prevent and decrease future natural disasters by reducing greenhouse gasses, seeking renewable forms of energy and educating the public about climate change.

The great news is, now you can do something to get involved. Music For Relief has a swagbucks now. You use it as your search engine, and part of the proceeds you earn just by searching the web go to victims of tragedies being helped by Music For Relief.
Just click the following banner to sign up. It's absolutely free, and you'll be earning bucks to cash in for awesome prizes from your favorite bands - and helping those in need at the same time.

Search & Win

Every search is a chance to win exclusive prizes from your favorite musicians and celebrities. A portion of proceeds from SearchMFR.com will benefit Music for Relief and their mission to provide aid to victims of natural disasters.

After you've signed up(by clicking the banner above), just click or paste the following link in your web browser and begin using it as your homepage/search engine.

And if you're not interested in MFR, but you're intriguided by the idea of swagbucks, you can
Click the banner below to sign up for the main Swag Bucks, after which you will be able to join many other bands Swagbucks to earn cash to trade in for merchandise in the store (they even have an Incubus one, which you can access through the main page or the blog.

Search & Win

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Saturday, July 11th, 2009
1:13 pm - iLoveSchools.com

"iLoveSchools.com is a free donor-matching service for education! School teachers build WishLists of equipment, materials and supplies; anything they need for their classroom. Donors locate teachers through our WishList search and offer their donations of new or used items or the cost of the teacher's WishList. " (Taken from the website)


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Monday, June 8th, 2009
8:14 pm

I'm not sure if this is allowed, or not, but I have a project to help stop hate and discrimination. My project against hate and discrimination is simple: My post about my project. I'd love any teenagers or young adults to participate. Though, I'd love a rush of different age groups as well. Truthfully, I just want to use a lens to change other people's ways of thinking to rudely about others.

This world is such a multicultural, different, unique and beautiful place. I want to help, with the help of a few amazing people who are willing, to make a video that will show people that.

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Thursday, May 28th, 2009
2:45 am - Browncoat Themed Cookbook for Charity

Greetings! I am creating a Browncoat (Serenity/Firefly universe) themed cookbook for charity and am now seeking submissions. Information can be found here: http://www.shinychefs.com/?p=20

More information about the charity we are benefitting can be found on the site as well. Thank you in advance for your time.

current mood: hopeful

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
6:28 pm - Help the kids.

Help students from a low income area. Please? They just want books!

Click here to help!

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Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
8:04 am - Eric Needs a Heart Transplant


Eric De La Cruz is 27 years old, and is in dire need of a heart transplant.

Eric has been turned down for a heart transplant list because he is on Medicaid, and there are no transplant facilities in Nevada.

Eric needs to go to California under the Medicare Disability program. He has been rejected twice, and the next appeal hearing is in one year.

Eric has Severe Dilated Cardiomyopathy with an EF of 15%. His kidneys are having trouble because of his heart. His creatinine levels are high, his blood pressure is very low and he keeps retaining fluid. The medications that his doctors have him on are no longer working. He is currently on 3 different IVs.

Projected costs of Eric's transplant are to exceed $150,000. As of this video's production, $4,000 has been raised. We have a long road ahead of us. Even if you can only spare a dollar or two, please donate.

If you can't donate, please help spread the word. Send this video to everyone you know. Thank You.


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Saturday, May 16th, 2009
10:53 am - kind over matter


kind over matter

Dedicated to Kind Acts, Inspirational Art & Kind Projects.

Feel Good Nouns.

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Friday, May 15th, 2009
7:14 pm - Please, help me change my life: I need speech therapy. Any donation would be greatly appreciated.

I am a 19-year-old girl just finishing my freshman year of college. I am creative, enthusiastic, hard-working, determined, both shy and friendly, insecure, neat, moody, gentle, quiet, sensitive, strong, hopeful, dedicated, devoted, loyal, passionate, and curious, and I have a speech defect.

My whole life I have been unable to pronounce the /r/ sound correctly. For most of my childhood, it hasn't been an issue, but throughout high school and college it has become a significant handicap. It has reached the point where I am often severely depressed as a result of my speech defect--it is like a bubble surrounding me and isolating me from other people. Perhaps this seems melodramatic, but unless you have had something like this--any kind of physical defect that makes people uncomfortable--you can't know how painful and discouraging it is. I would certainly say that my disability has taken a huge toll on my mental and emotional health and my social life. I am worried I won't be able to get a good job to pay off my student loan debt, because employers will be put off by my speech impairment. Every single day, I have to at least once with people ignoring me when I talk, not understanding what I say, or drawing back from me in disgust, like I smell bad.

Sadly, health insurance will not cover speech therapy for me, even though I need it so bad--so as a last result, I am turning to the kindness of strangers. I am going to try to raise $1,000, which is how much I need to have a 45-minute speech therapy session every week this summer (it is $85 per session). It's a lot of money, I know, and there isn't any way for anyone to know if I am telling the truth, or if any of this is legitimate...I am just going to hope that some people out there have faith and trust me and can reach out and donate anything, any amount. All I need is for $100 people to donate $10 each!

I cannot express how much it would mean to me. My family doesn't have much money, and I need help very badly. Please consider donating to help me pay for speech therapy.

I cannot express how much it would mean to me. My family doesn't have much money, and I need help very badly. Please consider donating to help me pay for speech therapy.

Please click here to visit my fund-raising web page, where you can donate securely. Any amount at all would help. Thank you so much.

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Saturday, March 21st, 2009
12:33 am

If you all are bored....

You should help me out!
It will take five minutes :]



Polls close April 3rd! If you all would vote and get as many friends to vote/comment as possible I would love you forever!!!! I need 200 more votes! Steal my bandwidth. I don't care!! I love you even if I have no idea who you are!

- Jessica

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Sunday, March 8th, 2009
8:21 pm - Hello

Hello, I'm new.

My name is Brooke, but I'm called Morticia because I'm a goth (yes, because you have make fun of every single person who isn't a clone of society.)

Goodbye for now,

"The world isn't worth bringing a child into right now."
-Kurt Cobain

current mood: sympathetic

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Friday, February 27th, 2009
5:07 pm - Kiva

Kiva is an organization that makes small loans to struggling entrepreneurs in the third world.


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Friday, January 30th, 2009
9:15 am

Morning all. I'm new to the comm, and almost a re-virgin at Lj. You know, one of those deals where you've been gone from it so long that your virginity grows back? Yup, that'd be me. I joined up to this community though to drop a link to a place called Digital Charity. It's a site with free registration for people in need of some help. Today I'm one of those people. I registered last night and put up my story. Now I'm just trying to pass the link around in the hopes that anyone who can do something, will.


Thanks for the read

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Monday, January 12th, 2009
3:33 pm - Looking for help and to give help
kizal Hi Everyone:
I am very new to this. Please see my post @ http://kizal.livejournal.com

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
8:30 pm - FreeRice

FreeRice is a FREE and FUN way to fight hunger. freerice.com


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