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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Give A Kid A Coat 2012

Give A Kid A Coat wrapped up its 2012 campaign this past Saturday. This year 20,433 coats were donated for those in need. Plus Give A Kid A Coat hit a milestone this year surpassing 750,000 coats since the program’s inception in 1987.

So I wanted to write some sort of wrap up that cited statistics on the number of families helped or the number of coats given out, but I was e-mailed these pictures a few days ago and thought this would convey that information way better. This is why we do Give A Kid A Coat:

Thanks for your continued support.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Meet Kevan

I like to refer to him as Mr. Thomasville. Meet Kevan Callicut, manager of our Thomasville A Cleaner World, for the last 10 years and an A Cleaner World employee for almost 22 years.

If you know Kevan, then you know why I call him that. He is really involved in the community and is incredibly generous with his time. He’s been involved with the Thomasville Jaycees. Currently he’s on the board of directors for the Thomasville Chamber of Commerce, Thomasville Habitat for Humanity, PACE, and Shepherd Homeless Shelter. Plus he’s active with his church, coaches several ball teams, and is the PTO President at two schools. And now he can add school board member to his volunteer resume.

I’ve always been amazed by his energy. After all, our managers work 55 hours a week. Plus he has a wife and two kids. After reading a nice article about his latest adventure in the online The-Dispatch (http://www.the-dispatch.com/article/20120726/News/307269986), I had two questions for him.

First, how in the world to you fit all of this in?

“It’s very hard,” he said. “I’m fortunate to work for a great company that recognizes the importance of community service, and they allow me the flexibility in my schedule to participate in meetings. And of course, I drag my kids with me everywhere. It’s not unusual to see my son sitting beside me at a Habitat meeting.”

That has transferred into recognition by his kids of the importance in being involved in the community. They can identify leaders and city officials that most kids can’t. Plus they know the important roles those folks play.

Second, why in the world would you put something else on your plate?

“It runs in the family,” said Kevan. “My dad was really involved in the community, and that was a part of my life as I was growing up. Plus I have this curse of not being able to say no.”

To that I say the folks in Thomasville are awfully fortunate to have Kevan as a part of their community.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Dealing With Head Lice

Now that my child is in school, there are so many new things to worry about – influences of other kids, academic performance, and this: head lice. I’m grossed out just in typing those two little words.

Every Wednesday morning, I volunteer in Gray’s class. On a recent Wednesday, I was going to sign out in the office when I overheard a conversation between a guidance counselor and a female student. Based on what the counselor was saying – it’s hard to get rid of, don’t share brushes and hair ribbons – I gathered that there was a case in my son’s school.

I came home and immediately read up on it. Here are the highlights on what I learned:

• They are parasites that are found on people’s heads
• They are spread by personal contact or contact with contaminated belongings
• They are common among preschool and school age children
• Over-the-counter or prescription medications can be used to treat those affected
• Besides medication, treat your entire house if your child has a case –
     o Wash bed linens and clothing in hot water that the infested person touched during the two days before treatment
     o Heat dry fabric items in the dryer
     o Dry cleaning items that aren’t washable
     o Store any items that cannot be cleaned in a plastic bag and seal it for 30 days
     o Soak combs and brushes in Lysol or hot soapy water for one hour
     o Vacuum the floor and furniture

For more detailed information, check out the CDC’s website -- http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Shoe Matching

Shoes have always been a problem for me – first knowing what pair to wear with which outfit and second just not liking to wear them. I have really wide feet so many things that are in style aren’t all that comfortable for me. So I typically live in flip flops – even in pretty cold weather. But there are occasions when flip flops aren’t appropriate. So what’s a girl like me to do?

I started searching online and ran across all kinds of articles addressing specific outfits or colors but what about something interactive? I wondered – in the iPhone world we live in – would there be a shoe matching app out there?

I finally stumbled onto an article from May from New Straits Times. Crocs has a mobile application that will help you choose its products. All you do is take a picture of your outfit then the app allows you to choose shoe colors and matches the best pair of Crocs shoes to coordinate with the clothes. That’s exactly what I was thinking! Here’s a link to the article:

http://www.nst.com.my/life-times/tech/shoe-matching-apps-anyone-1.85948#ixzz23ReI9VFw

While I think this is super cool, I’m unable to find any other apps that feature shoe matching other than Crocs. And just like with flip flops, I assume there’s a time and place for Crocs.
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