The Lifestylist Celebrates Christmas in July

I had a wonderful opportunity this week - I got to volunteer at Shared Housing.

I've been involved in lots of organizations where they just want you to give or raise money, but Shared Housing let's me work with the people I'm helping and make a difference.

Thursday I got to play with the kids while the Mom's learned about budgeting and parenting. And they are amazing kids - they all take care of each other and appreciate the smallest things. Shared Housing keeps a "toy room" where new toys are stored and used as incentives to the kids for good deeds or when it's their birthday. People tend to be very generous at Christmas time, but by July the toy room starts getting pretty sparse. I promised the staff that if they would let the kids get an unexpected trip to the toy room, the Lifestylist® team would get to work and re-stock the room with goodies that would help keep the room open for the rest of the year.

I always keep my promises, and I'm happy to report that I'm going to have a car load full of goodies for the room, and mew sheets blankets, and kitchen utensils for the Moms. And the best part is that they said I can come and play with the kids any time :)

Just the smallest things can make such a difference. We visited our local Dollar Store and the clearance aisles at our local stores and were able to make our budget go a long way.

Shared Housing is also getting ready for "School is Cool". They need to get school supplies and uniforms for 270 children that are active in the program. They believe that no child should have to start school  without the proper clothes or supplies -these kids have already gone through enough.

If you would like to help or to make a donation, visit the Shared Housing website or give them a call at: 214-821-8510


The Underground Railroad Museum

I had an amazing experience this week - when I was detoured off the main roads in Ohio this week, I happened to discover the Underground Railroad Museum. You have to really look to find it in Flushing, Ohio but it is truly one of the most memorable experiences I've had in a long time.

The area had powerful storms come through that had knocked down power lines in a lot of Ohio, and Flushing was in the dark when I arrived. Somehow it seemed appropriate though - I was able to experience the basement of the museum by flashlight and had about as much as the slaves that would have traveled on the railroad would have.

Curator Dr. John Mattox shared with me the history of the museum and some of the special artifacts that are housed in the museum, and I then had the opportunity to observe him sharing our country's history with some younger visitors.

For more information on this gem, take a look at our Lifestylist®TV video, or visit their website at: www.ugrrf.org