I’ve been a little hesitant to post lately, because between Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and the 8.1 earthquake which hit just off the coast of Mexico, the need seems painfully obvious.  Then I discovered the organization SAFE.  SAFE stands for Stuffed Animals for Emergencies.  It was founded in 1997 to give comfort to children caught in traumatic and emotional situations.  Think back to when you were a child.  Did you have a special stuffed animal or blanket that you turned to for comfort?  I did.  I had a little stuffed monkey that I named Tommy.  I carried Tommy everywhere!  All his fur wore off and his face and his little arms and legs had to be replaced.  I got Tommy for my first Christmas and I still have him today.  I don’t carry him around anymore (that would be kind of weird for an adult woman) but he was an important part of my childhood.   SAFE collects donations of new and gently used stuffed animals, blankets, books, children’s clothes and baby items.  They clean these items and give them to organizations where the children are in need.  SAFE is run entirely by volunteers and all donations are always freely given where they can do the most good.  All stuffed animals must be “like new”, clean, free from stains and tears and appropriate for children.  Please visit their website, for detailed information regarding the organization and its mission.


Is there room in your house for a new dog or puppy?  The ASPCA traveled to Houston to rescue homeless and unwanted animals from their shelters and the dogs are now ready for their forever home.  The dogs are available to be adopted from the ASPCA center at 424 East 92nd Street (between 1st and York Avenues) in New York’s Upper East Side.  The dogs are all microchipped, vaccinated, spayed or neutered.  For more information, and to see photos of these cuties go to

Finally, I know that the urge to help out during these times of tragedy is very strong.  Americans are famous for their generous hearts.  But, please be careful which charity you donate to.  I’ve been hearing some stories about a major charity that has been remiss in applying its donated funds to their assigned destinations.  I hesitate to name this group, because I haven’t been able to verify the accuracy of this story.   Check charitable organizations through Charity Navigator and Charity Navigator.  Also, you may want to take it one step further by Googling the name of the group to see if any news stories appear.  I hope I’m wrong.  I hope that all organizations soliciting money funnel this money to where it is intended.  I’ll keep watching.

Thanks for stopping by.


“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help one another without helping himself. ”                    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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