A Grocery Expedition

DSC_0213On Saturday, October 25th, we took time out of our Monsters’ Ball prep to help Russell with some needed groceries for him and his disabled brother, to get them through until Russell gets a paycheck from his new job.

Sometimes, needs can’t be met with formal assistance for one reason or another.  Times like these are when we all can use a helping hand.  We are so very glad we could help Russ and his brother!

Helping Jessica

Jessica Henry,photo 1 (3) 35, is a single mother of 4 children. She works full-time for Story County Community Life Program in Ames, IA, as a residential assistant in a group home for adults with disabilities.

Jessica’s mother contacted us after seeing an interview for our Monsters’ Ball event last year, to see if we could help Jessica. She was worried that Jessica’s 17 year-old van with 220,000 miles, bald tires and in need of a tune-up wouldn’t make it through the winter. Without the van working, there was no way to get to work each night to make money to provide for her children, and no way to take them to doctor and physical therapy appointments, which she was doing for her daughter, twice a week.

Joleen, Dan and his daughters, Natalie and Courtney, met Jessica shortly before Christmas, 2013. Jessica wrote to us about her experience. She said,

“They are wonderful, giving people. They contacted me to meet them to get new tires on my van before the bad weather struck. The entire way to meet them I was in tears. It warms my heart that someone who barely knows me could care enough to want to help. After the tires were put on my van, I couldn’t tell you how amazing that felt. Just driving home I had a huge weight off my shoulders. My tires that were on my van before were so bare it was scary to drive. I was smiling like a fool the entire way home. I feel a sense of relief driving to work since the new tires have been put on. My van is old, needs lots of work and just recently needs brakes, but I am so grateful for the tires, if that was the only thing fixed on it, it would be enough…Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!”

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MONSTERS’ BALL 2014

MB-skull-for-websiteMark your calendars!

Our annual fundraiser, Monsters’ Ball, will be held Saturday, November 1st, from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Event Center West in West Des Moines, IA.

Entertainment this year features a popular local band, Flipside.

Tickets are $10 per person 11 and older, $5 for children 2-10 or $25 per family.

Not only do you get to dance and listen to good music, there will also be:

  • Children’s activities
  • Costume Contest
  • Door Prizes
  • Silent Auction
  • Food
  • Cash Bar

We hope to see you all there!

 

Shop and Help Others – Using AmazonSmile

We wanted to share a great new program you can use to support Generations of Compassion Foundation by shopping at AmazonSmile.

What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

How does AmazonSmile work?
When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.

Is there any cost to charitable organizations or to customers?
No. There is no cost to charitable organizations or to AmazonSmile customers. The shopping experience is identical to Amazon.com with the added benefit that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

Generations Of Compassion Foundation

Thank you in advance for your help in our fundraising efforts and continuing to support our mission to create a more compassionate world, one act of kindness at a time.