Teen Raises $12,000 to Help Needy

Thirteen-year-old Joshua LeRette has spent the past four years raising thousands of dollars for his local food pantry. He recently donated $12,583 that slowly accumulated over the years, according to ChristianHeadlines.com

The Iowa teenager started his compassionate venture in the third grade after he heard one of his classmates didn’t have food at Thanksgiving. In response, Joshua asked his friends and family to donate canned goods in lieu of his birthday presents. He was able to gather 100 cans from his request to donate to the local food pantry in Red Oak and hasn’t stopped since.

Joshua slowly built up the cash for his most recent donation with bake sales and lemonade stands. “I’ve seen people pay more than $50 for one of his pies,” his mom, Dawn LeRette said. The teenage entrepreneur has also invited other community members to donate their pies as well.

But Joshua doesn’t take in just high donations. One woman who could only contribute a dollar was allowed to choose anything on the bake sale table. “Those are the people we do this for,” Dawn said.

The motivation behind Joshua’s benevolent work is to help kids in school.

“He thinks if kids are not thinking about being hungry, they will be more focused on school,” Dawn said.

According to the Christ Cupboard, a food pantry run by First Covenant Church in Red Oak, recipients of the donated goods are often struggling to make ends meet. Many of them have low-paying jobs or don’t qualify for governmental assistance. Others are recovering addicts or recent prison charges who need help while getting back on their feet.

Kids and Food

DinnerWarWhat do you do when your kid says, “I don’t like what you made for dinner. I want something else.” ??

Mom I want “____” for dinner instead of what you made? What your response?

Things We’ve Said to Our Kids to Get them to Eat…
1. Please?
2. Try holding your nose.
3. See how the fish is pink? Princesses love pink. Salmon is what princesses eat! It’s princess food! Yay princesses!!!
4. If you don’t eat this, I will take the dog for a walk and never come home.
5. You know how sometimes a needle is so sharp you don’t even feel it? That’s what this chili is like. It’s so spicy that you won’t even taste anything.
6. Try the swordfish. It’s like white salmon.
7. Try the cauliflower. It’s like white broccoli.
8. Try the tofu. It’s like white-ish chicken.
LOL…. Your suggestion….?


De-Stress This Season

Three generation family having a Holiday dinner.

Do the holidays fill you with happiness or apprehension?

You have the most pressure when planning, cooking, decorating, shopping, coordinating, buying gifts, preparing food or any of the many other holiday happenings at this time of year. There is just too much to do. And that doesn’t include so little time.
You go from elation to exhaustion – So how do you avoid the holiday stress. It’s a fact, Women suffer more stress than men.
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Family Rule Applies

How do you keep the peace during the Holidays?

At the Ross’s house… If the conversation is about Family, Food, Fun or Friendly, it’s on the table during our get together!

If it’s anything that causes a family fight, politics included, it’s off the table!

Foods Which Naturally Fight Headaches

6 Foods That Help Naturally Fight Headaches
If you frequently get headaches, try eating these foods to help relieve the pain.
By Carina Wolff

If you’re someone who constantly gets debilitating headaches, you likely reach for an Advil or two when the head pain strikes.

Although painkillers can definitely relieve your headache, no one wants to have to rely on medication, and sometimes it can be more helpful to try to work through your ailments in a more natural way.

Luckily, some remedies to head pain can be found in your diet, and switching up what you eat might be able to help relieve that throbbing in your temples.