Sometimes you can look at something every day without really seeing it. We have been buying Dave’s Killer Bread (https://www.daveskillerbread.com/) for the past several years, yet it wasn’t until last week that the proverbial light went on in my head. Dave’s Killer Bread is not like your everyday bread. It is packed full of nuts and seeds and it tastes like super-good health in a loaf, making Dave’s Killer Bread the #1 organic bread in America.
Dave’s is also a proud Second Chance Employer. They hire the best person for the job, regardless of criminal history. They have witnessed first-hand that someone’s past does not define their future, and that sometimes giving someone a chance is all they need to become a Good Seed. Recidivism is a huge stumbling block for the formerly incarcerated. Even very basic education, like adult literacy and basic skills, can significantly reduce the rate of recidivism. Allowing inmates to finish their high school diplomas, learn a trade and technical skills, and pursue post-secondary educational opportunities while incarcerated can greatly reduce recidivism as well. Every week more than 10,000 people are released from prison. A criminal record reduces the chances of a call back or job offer by 50%. Who knew that your piece of toast could give a person a second chance and make a better world? You do now.
And how about a good reason to donate blood, in addition to the obvious? A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that donating blood can reduce heart attack risk by as much as 88%. When excess iron builds up in the body, it can damage arteries and reduce heart flow, raising the risk of heart problems. But regular donations cut the risk of iron overload, particularly in postmenopausal women, and you also get the opportunity to replenish blood banks. Be a hero, donate blood!
“The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.” – Anon.