Friday, May 10, 2013 4:55 pm
When I was a kid…heck, when all of us were kids, our mothers had a stack of aphorisms for any occasion. When I was 10 years old, I was convinced that all new moms were given a handbook of Snappy Sayings for All Occasions as they were packing their bag in the maternity ward, because all the moms said all the same things.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 12:49 pm
Ahwatukee resident Michael Feyrer subscribes to the philosophy that his life is like a pair of shoes — to be worn out in service.
Sunday, February 10, 2013 4:15 pm
Director Kief Davidson’s journey through Rwanda and Sudan was not only a filmmaking venture, but a life-or-death trek for eight Rwandan children afflicted with rheumatic heart disease. A firsthand look into their lives and the high-risk surgical procedures they must endure, “Open Heart” is a powerful documentary bringing much-needed attention to a disease that affects nearly 18 million people worldwide.
Saturday, April 7, 2012 3:15 pm
The Mountain Pointe baseball program was at the Feed My Starving Children, 7965 S. Priest Drive, on Saturday. In addition to volunteering there, they presented a check for more than $1,200 to Feed My Starving Children.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 11:54 am
“Lost Boy” Peter Angon spoke at Mesa’s Academy with Community
Partners last month, telling his story of survival. The Lost Boys
were children who travelled miles — mostly alone — to escape war in
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 9:30 am
Running shoes from Ahwatukee Foothills could
benefit people in need all over the world, thanks to a shoe drive
organized by a local mom.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 12:00 am
Monday, February 22, 2010 12:00 am
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 12:00 am
Desert Vista High School's STAND group hosted their second Dash
for Darfur 5K run/walk Saturday morning, raising over $4,000 for
the Genocide-Intervention Network's Civilian Protection Program.
STAND, made up of about 20 high school students at Desert Vista, is
a student anti-genocide coalition with over 500 chapters
nationwide. The students hosted the 5K last year, and again this
year, to raise money to protect internally displaced persons in
Darfur, Sudan. "Last year we raised over $3,000 in total from the
Dash for Darfur," STAND sponsor Shannon Corcoran said. "This year
we aimed to hit $4,000." The cross country team, teachers, P.F.
Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon participants and Active.com members
made up most of the 150 Dash for Darfur participants, Corcoran
said. "I think what makes this race different is that you have high
school kids that are extremely passionate about a world problem,"
Corcoran said. "They're raising money for their cause and they put
their heart and soul into it. They try to make it as successful as
it could possibly be." Last year, STAND raised $10,000 for the
Darfur Schools Project and aimed to collect 4,000 signatures on
petitions to stop the genocide in Darfur and host one event per
month. "For the club this year we'd just like to up" the money
raised, Corcoran said. "We don't have a set goal." STAND member
Sarah Anand said the club was thrilled with the attendance at the
race this year. "We were extremely happy with how everything turned
out, and were really glad that everyone came and donated for such
an important cause," Anand said. "Our idea in doing this event was
to show the community that although we teenagers may grow up in an
area like Ahwatukee, we still care deeply about matters in the
world, and we want to get as many people involved as possible." For
more information about STAND, visit www.standnow.org, www.dvstand.com or e-mail email@example.com.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007 12:00 am
Dennis and Janine Skinner were astonished when they had more
people volunteer for Feed My Starving Children than they could cope
with. "I had space for 770 people," Janine said. "People were
thanking me for giving them something to volunteer for. We live in
such a grateful community - I even have a waiting list for the next
event." On Nov. 7, Dennis and Janine observed their first round of
volunteers, working hard but having fun packaging chicken-flavored,
vitamin-fortified meals at Esperanza Lutheran Church. Volunteers
from the Minneapolis-based program were on hand to help if anything
went wrong over the four-day event. "Dennis and I were on a middle
school church retreat when they showed a video on Feed My Starving
Children," Janine said. "We were so intrigued we started
communicating with the CEO of the program and even flew our family
to Minnesota to visit." For 20 years, Feed My Starving Children has
been fine-tuning the perfect meal, consisting of enriched rice,
vegetarian chicken flavoring, dehydrated mixed vegetables and
textured soy protein, which will save the lives of starving
children in over 50 countries with just one meal a day. Each bag
the volunteers seal provides six meals and costs only 15 cents per
meal. "Last year the company shipped 30 million meals," Janine
said. "This year they will surpass that number by a long shot."
Enough supplies to make 150,000 bags were sent from Minneapolis to
Ahwatukee Foothills. The Skinners made a goal to complete all bags
by Nov. 10. The bags will then be shipped back to the warehouse in
Minneapolis until requested by Christian relief organizations
overseas. "We serve about 50 countries, including Sudan, Haiti and
Indonesia because they are the most in need," FMSC
Minneapolis-based team leader George Mashek said. Before volunteers
started packaging meals, Mashek showed a FMSC informational video
to ensure they understand who they are helping. "In our country
kids think everyone lives the way we do," Mashek said. "Then they
watch the video and understand what they're actually doing." At
each station four volunteers pour each ingredient through a funnel
one at a time. The bag is then weighed by a fifth volunteer who
ensures it's 390 grams before it's heat sealed by a sixth
volunteer. Each serving contains 11 grams of protein, 41.5 grams of
carbohydrates, one gram of fat and 275 calories. Most children
receive only one serving a day. To volunteer for the next packaging
event April 8-12, contact the Skinners at (480) 706-1381 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Corinne Frayer can be reached at (480)
898-7917 or email@example.com.