How to help organizations providing relief and recovery from #Harvey

September 2, 2017

Hurricane Harvey will have a lasting impact on the Gulf coasts of Texas and Louisiana. And the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) members will be there providing relief and recovery for years to come, and they will need your assistance.

The single best way individuals and businesses can help disaster survivors is to donate money to a recognized voluntary organization.

Cash doesn’t need to be sorted, stored or distributed, and it allows the voluntary agency to use the donation towards the needs that most urgently need addressing. The funds can also help stimulate the local economy.

For over 44 years, National VOAD’s 100 member organizations have been helping communities worldwide.

Visit the National VOAD Hurricane Harvey Response page to learn how to help those affected by the storm and subsequent flooding.

Also find a complete list of National VOAD Members’ donation pages here.

And if you would like to volunteer for a National VOAD member organization, visit their Volunteer page.

As we say in our Dedication in our book… thank you to all volunteers around the world who give their heart, soul, energy, and time unselfishly for the betterment of our society. j & B 

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We’re baaa-aack

June 7, 2016

tx-signSorry we’ve been so M.I.A. lately, but we’re back in the saddle now and wanted to share some updates and pics about our latest adventures.

We have officially left Arizona now and moved our company to Texas where we plan to settle down someday. For the next year or 2 we hope to travel around the country in our motorhome, but haven’t hit the road yet since we’ve had some serious family health issues the past several months. Thankfully both Mom and my brother are doing better and so glad we were able to be here to help them during this time.

Anyway — we are now living in our 36-ft motorhome full time back working on custom book projects, revamping our sites, and helping moderate the U.S. First Responders Association facebook page and website.

Plus we’re helping Mom and bro with their dogs, gardens/yard work, and Mom’s chickens … and spending time with family we haven’t seen much the past 19 years since Bill’s health limited our travel.

Bill has a great green thumb but I’ve never been much into yard work, however now that I’ve been helping with the gardens, I love it and learning LOTS.

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I’m also smitten with Mom’s chickens. She’s got 15 white pullets (young 9-month old chicks) and 8 older hens from 3 other breeds she bought over the years. (If you purchase breeds that lay different color eggs it helps you find out which older ones are still laying ~ esp. when there’s only 1 or 2 older hens left.)

We won’t bore you with chicken stories (for now) but they are entertaining, very vocal and stinky ~ and they bless us with 15 to 20 white, brown and green eggs a day so I don’t mind putting up with their crap. (giggle)

Mom doesn’t raise meat chickens so we haven’t dispatched / butchered any, but once Bill and I settle down on our own personal farm that is on my wish list (along with raising rabbits, bees, a mini cow, etc.)

Here are some photos from east TX…

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In addition to the wonderful veggies and fruit in gardens and greenhouse, Mom and bro have beautiful flowers everywhere so Bill makes pretty arrangements often for our motorhome…

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Cheers all, stay safe and talk soon! j & B

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West, Texas Firefighter and EMS Fallen Hero Fund

April 23, 2013

We wanted to share this news item from the NFFF website … and continuing to send our thoughts and prayers to all those lost and affected in last week’s plant explosion.

In light of the tragic event in West, Texas on Wednesday and in cooperation with local support efforts, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has established a national fund to accept monetary donations to assist the survivors and coworkers of the fire and EMS personnel who died in the line of duty.

Checks can be mailed to:

NFFF c/o West, Texas Fire and EMS Fallen Hero Fund
P.O. Drawer 498
Emmitsburg, MD 21727.

Donations also can be made by credit card at www.regonline.com/westtx. All donated funds will be used to assist the survivors and coworkers to rebuild their lives and support the programs and services they will need.

As a result of the blast, the station along with the apparatus, equipment and turn-out gear were destroyed or badly damaged. If you would like to donate these items, please send a message with your contact information to www.firehero.org/contact and the Foundation will share this with the West, Texas department.

“This fire and explosion have devastated the entire town in which so many people know and care about each other,” said Chief Ron Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF. “We want to ensure the survivors and coworkers of those who died in the line of duty know that the entire fire service family is holding them in our hearts and doing all we can to offer support.”

As part of the Foundation’s mission to assist the survivors of the fallen, the Texas LAST (Local Assistance State Team) was activated on Wednesday night to provide support to local officials and public safety personnel in West.

The United States Congress created the NFFF to lead a nationwide effort to remember America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the non-profit foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers. The NFFF also works closely with the U.S. Fire Administration to help prevent and reduce line-of- duty deaths and injuries. For more information on the Foundation and its programs contact us at 301-447-1365 or visit www.firehero.org.


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