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ShoesThatFit.org – I Donated 2 Pairs!

ShoesThatFit.org

Dear Readers – I hope I brought some joy to 2 kiddos in need this Christmas! I spent $10 each for a couple of kids to get new shoes so they can wear them with pride, and comfort.

If you’ve read any of my past posts, you know how difficult it is to find shoes to fit my extra-wide feet, so how wonderful it was to find a charity that takes the time to measure and fit them!! YASSSSSS!!

Here’s how they work:

Simply put, Shoes That Fit helps kids improve their self-esteem. How do we do this? By providing them with much-needed new shoes so that they can go to school in comfort and with dignity and focus on their studies rather than their circumstances.

First, we match sponsoring groups with nearby schools that have children in need. A sponsor can be any group of people; a business, school, church, civic organization or simply a group of caring friends. Next, a sponsoring group decides how many children they can help. Their chosen school identifies the children most in need of new shoes and then measures these students for proper size and fit with materials we provide.

Finally, the sponsoring group uses this information to buy exactly what each child needs and makes the much-appreciated delivery to the school. By using this model with every sponsoring group across America, volunteers are making a direct impact on the children in their own communities.

Specifically, I did the Nordy thing – was buying a gift card at the customer service counter and saw a Christmas tree with some different gift cards on it…they had children’s names on them, and OMG, you know I had to help! Seriously, I’m very moved by kids who would otherwise “do without” and I can’t bear the thought, so I asked the lovely man at the counter about the program. A $10 gift card buys a child in need a brand new pair of New Balance sneakers…so I bought two!

Wishing so much happiness to those children and their families this holiday season, and, for the rest of their lives…

Feelin’ the love and joy,

❤ Belle

Bulletproof blankets designed to shield kids during school shootings, tornadoes  – NY Daily News

Bulletproof blankets designed to shield kids during school shootings, tornadoes  – NY Daily News.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Opening Theme (Sung By Cyndi Lauper)

Pardon the FLASHBACK – and yes, it’s pretty much a flashback, like drugs 😀

I let my son watch this show back in the day, but I’m well aware that certain parents thought it was a horrible show, addled with drug-induced references and colorful, wacky characters…but this is EXACTLY why I let my son watch it! We still reference it today – I’m not ashamed. I wish more kids and parents would watch it. I’m not sure what it inspires, but it teaches, and I’ll accept that any day.

BTW, Cyndi Lauper does a great character voice similar to Betty Boop (remember her?) for this opening theme. She used the same type for her “She’s So Unusual” album, and while kitschy, it’s brilliant. Her “normal” speaking voice is very sultry, and I’d love to hear her do more voiceover work…

¡Feliz Navidad, Pancho Claus!

Ever heard of “Pancho Claus”?

Pancho Claus: A Tex-Mex Santa from the South Pole

Excerpt:

 

“HOUSTON (AP) — He usually has black hair and a black beard, sometimes just a mustache. Like Santa, he wears a hat — though often it’s a sombrero. He dons a serape or a poncho and, in one case, a red and black zoot suit. And he makes his grand entrance on lowriders or Harleys or led by a pack of burros instead of eight reindeer.

Meet Pancho Claus, the Tex-Mex Santa.

Amid all the talk about Santa Claus’ race, spawned by a Fox News commentator’s remarks that both Santa and Jesus were white, there is, in the Lone Star State, a Hispanic version of Santa in cities from the border to the plains — handing out gifts for low-income and at-risk children.

Born from the Chicano civil rights movement, Pancho Claus is a mostly Texas thing, historians say, though there may be one somewhere in California. Lorenzo Cano, a Mexican-American studies scholar at the University of Houston, says Pancho was apparently conceived north of the border as Mexican-Americans looked to “build a place and a space for themselves” in the 1970s. His rise coincided with a growing interest in Mexican art, Cinco de Mayo, Mexican Independence Day and other cultural events.

Now, Pancho is an adored Christmas fixture in many Texas cities.”

 
Photo By HELEN L. MONTOYA/E-N/File
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Rudy Martinez, aka Pancho Claus, poses with Tamales

Photo By Nick de la Torre/CHRONICLE 32 of 37 Robert Smith, standing in Brown Plaza in Del Rio, may be the only non-Hispanic Pancho Claus in the state. He says tourists from the U.S. and Mexico like to pose with him.

 

 

Photo By Betsy Blaney/AP 33 of 37 In this Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, photo, Julian Perez stands in his Pancho Claus suit in Lubbock, Texas. The retired 71-year-old has donned the Pancho Claus suit for 30 years to hand out gifts for low-income and at-risk children.

Photo By Eric Gay/AP 34 of 37 In this Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, photo, Pancho Claus, Rudy Martinez, right, walks through the halls of Knowlton Elementary School as he visits students, in San Antonio. Pancho Claus, a Tex-Mex Santa borne from the Chicano civil rights movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s, is now an adored Christmas fixture in many Texas cities.

¡Feliz Navidad, ya’ll!

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The couples had their chance, the wee ones had their time on the floor, and the adults ruled the planks…now it’s every man for himself – ALL SKATE!

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