A Gift of the Heart...
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
- Antoninede St. Exupery
So, “What is this?” You may ask. It is about the character - building benefits of a giving heart, the soul... if you will, of Pazazz.... service that uplifts..ideas that inspire.
Heart is dedicated to presenting Service Learning projects for our kids and family too. It is our long experience with such ideas that has been so informing and powerful.
But first.. some quick definitions…
Community service – Volunteer work intended to help people in a particular area. Think beach clean-up; canned food donations to help the under privileged; helping to build homes through the efforts of Habitat for Humanity.
Service Learning - Extended community service which provides a more quality experience. Here our kids are tackling a real life issue, planning; acting, reflecting and sharing. What super preparation for life! Presenting such opportunities for kids and families together provides huge rewards and is such a fun way to grow so many qualities we diligently strive to nurture in our kids.
A Magic Penny
Parents are always telling us how they are hungry for experiences that will help nurture such values as ... kindness, empathy, gratefulness, responsibility... We are very excited to share an organization, A Magic Penny, that is dedicated to just that!
The founder, Lauren Alon, is a licensed social worker and mom of twins. She, like so many of us, was always on the search for the kinds of experiences that A Magic Penny provides. Unsuccessful in her quest, she began her own organization! It is A Magic Penny. Bless her! So joyously, her organization seamlessly aligns with PAZAZZ! Service that Uplifts.. Ideas that Inspire. We are grateful for this new and rich association.
Every few months they curate family activities .. non profit "play dates!" Here families can become aware of and get involved with a rich variety of organizations. They are making it sooo easy! Just show up. Please, stay tuned.
Here's to Family Fun and Growing BIG Hearts..
Bedtime with Books
Mighty congratulations to Ryan Dubin, an incredibly resourceful and caring junior at Beverly Hills High School.
He has married the very successful Beverly Hills High School District PTA program, Bedtime with Books, to Books and Projects in a Box (BWB). The demand is growing for this simple but powerful program that combines the importance of literacy and creativity with the enjoyment of group story time.
It all starts with a Box! He places three themed picture books, an art project for 24 students and a pillow for the reader. These are the simple ingredients enabling schools, churches, temples and youth groups to host a story time event in their community.
He is building up a network here in Los Angeles. The Department of Family Services has connected him with 93rd Street Elementary and the teachers are hungry for BWB boxes, as are teachers in Chicago; Israel; Costa Rica; Puerto Rico where he made a connection when visiting recently. The kids LOVE the story times.
His website, www.bedtimewithbooks.com, posts some staggering statistics…
80% of children in low income families are not reading proficiently;
the student who is not reading up to grade level is 4x more likely to drop out of high school;
and only 38% of children (6-8 years are read to)
We are so incredibly proud of young Ryan, his commitment and his success. Now, he needs us! Please join us in adding whatever you can. Each box costs $2.50 per student. The all in price is between $65 -$75 depending on mail expenses.
Thank you in advance for your thoughtful consideration.
To donate, go to www.bedtimewithbooks.com
Meet Riley... a little person with a BIG idea
Riley and her sister
My name is Riley. My family and I organized a Christmas Pajama Drive because we think more children should get a new pair of pjs for Christmas. We chose 5 different charities to help get them out there. It was so-o-o fun! Our living room was wall to wall pajamas. There was hardly any room for our Christmas tree!
With Mom's help, we made a video telling all about what we were doing. Then she sent it around to all her Facebook friends. We made cards for the kids and made sure to take lots of pictures. Mom says the pictures really help sell our idea.
Can you believe it? In the end we delivered 817 brand new pajamas to 5 organizations in Ventura County, CA.
GIANT kudos to "Ms. Riley and Associates."
Just in case Riley has piqued YOUR interest. Here are the organizations they researched to be their recipients.
Clean for Care
How about a Garage Sale?
This could be an exciting project for the 1st and 2nd grader who could practice basic arithmetic with "real life" application, but definitely appropriate for older kids too.
Cadet & Tux
The Problem – raise money and encourage our kids to share some of their belongings with those less fortunate. Then determine what to do with the money; for example, they might purchase new books for a local Head Start school. The recipient kids will be ecstatic!
The Action – plan the sale that could be during lunch, after school, or at home on the weekend. Gather the goods, create advertising posters, price and sell.
The Very Best – Hand -deliver the books and read with the little children. They might plan something special for you, to thank their gracious donors.
But, by all means, if time doesn’t allow, arrange to have your treasure trove of books delivered. It is all good.
Organizations we love...
Heart also seeks to share social organizations deserving of special attention.
One Voice, helps families and students struggling against poverty through family, hope and love. It is headquartered in Santa Monica, California.
From www.onevoice-la.org... Our programs change lives and give people hope. By inspiring action and compassion, we have a lasting positive impact on our community.
Jaylen & Darlet
Los Angeles, December 2019
Maximus the cat
Pearl the mermaid
Ethically produced, hand-knit dolls that help feed children. Here's what their website had to say...
There's nothing we love more than being parents. We think nurturing our three children is the most important, rewarding and sometimes challenging job in the world! With a background in health, we recognize the crucial role nutrition plays in a child’s development. As parents, we believe all children should have enough food to eat and the opportunity to thrive, so when we saw a documentary on the devastating impact of childhood hunger on millions of children around the world, it inspired us to help. On that day, we decided to start a company whose purpose is to help improve the lives of children and to make a difference.
We created cuddle+kind because we wanted to make beautiful hand-knit dolls that help feed children. So for every cuddle+kind doll sold, we give 10 meals to children in need.
Our goal is to provide one million meals a year.
We know you will LOVE this site - Introducing Citizen Kid/Discover Insider.
"Have you ever met a kid so devoted and thoughtful you can't believe they aren't grown up?" Disney calls these kids, Citizen Kids.
This website celebrates kids who feel it is their mission to make an impact in their communities and to help others. You will be shaking your head in amazement!
Inspiration is guaranteed as you read about the extraordinary "CitizenKids" across the country. Absolutely, do check it out!
SHELTER FOR YOUR FEET.
We fell upon another WONDERFUL organization for your “Little Ones.” 13 year old, Stella Vaughn Verk became greatly concerned noticing more and more homeless without socks. She knew she could help. So began Stella’s Sock’s with the help of her dad, Jonathan. Indeed! She has helped!
Every year this registered 501c3 delivers over 100,000 socks to homeless in Los Angeles. Each month kids gather for a Sock Sesh. They love this “opportunity to participate in service and experience the rush of doing good and giving back.”
For more info, click here.
Do you have an event that you'd like to showcase? Is it service-learning oriented? Even if you aren't sure, give it a try and contact us. We'll be happy to consider it!