Yes, the years spent in the ivy-covered halls of the academic endeavor will mean a lot for the rest of your life. But, if you are like most students, each one of those green leaves of ivy could represent a green dollar bill – a green dollar bill of debt. And that too could mean a lot for the rest of your life. You need to pay off your student loan debt quickly.

With all the news about identity theft, with some companies losing millions of credit card records at once, people are right to be wary in giving out their information. Even though there is some protection, nobody wants to deal with the paperwork when their credit card enters the public domain. Paypal is a good in-between solution.

I am so passionate about books for kids, that I have been working for a non-non profit organizations in flint michigan dedicated to bringing the best literature to poor and underprivileged children for the past five years. If is not like my books for children job was the only thing that I could get as far from it. In fact, I had left a really good job in the professional world to bring books for kids to those who need them most. Although it has taken its toll on my lifestyle, and stopped me from enjoying some of the luxuries that I used to have, I would say that it is easily worth it. After all, instead of just working to make money, I get to really spend each day pursuing something that I am truly passionate about. I love books for kids, and I can help some of the young ones love them the same as I do.

The United Way- This is similar to the Salvation Army. It is a network in 45 countries that is a community organization on reputable local charities levels for the advancement of the common good of all. They help children with after school activities, youth groups, educational needs, healthy eating, and they also help in financial ways when needed.

They are kids first. Someone may act like they are 10 going on 30 but they are still ten. This is one of the hardest things to remember. It is even more difficult if the child is an only child because they generally have been treated more like an adult than other kids.

At some point, the out of state volunteers will have to return home, yet the work of caring for the homeless animals will continue. Faithful Friends Animal Advocates (FFAA) out of Neosho is a local rescue group that is in it for the long haul. Neosho, 13 miles south of Joplin, fortunately was not hit by the tornado but did suffer flood damage.

Point out compassionate acts on the TV! Don’t just zone out on your child’s cartoon shows! Use it as a tool! Often cartoon shows illustrate acts of kindness and compassion as themes. So be sure to point out and tell your child that Elmo did a nice thing, by helping Big Bird find his umbrella! Tell your child during the next show when Big Bird helps out Elmo, that Big Bird is helping out Elmo to return the favor. That will tell your child that there is a reward to being kind!

My daughter loves American Greetings and she sends me cards at least once a month. Their retrieval system works very well, so it’s a great choice for people who are not computer savvy.