Monday, June 15, 2015

Please Help Us Save Dogs!


Just like these two…

Lottie                  &                                      Dottie











And, thousands of other dogs from Kern County, California to Healing Paws Sanctuary on St. Croix in the Virgin Islands.  These animals are being euthanized daily due to poor conditions, lack of funding and lack of ability to afford spay and neuter fees and other needs. 

Join us on Saturday, June 20th
10:00am-2:00pm

At The Depot Café
in downtown Mill Valley

We will be offering freshly baked goods
and a huge selection of radically discounted
food storage containers that anyone can use!

100% of your donation will be used to bring these dogs to shelters, homes and farms, where they will be cleaned, fed, vaccinated and
most of all, loved!
From there, they will find their forever families and live happily ever after.
Help us give these dogs a chance! Any donation is appreciated!

 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Full Hearts & Pantry!

Thank you all for your support of donated food and money.  We were able to make a significant contribution to filling the shelves of the Mauloa food pantry.  And, thanks to your generosity, we also delivered a check to them for $500.

We have come to know a few of their homeless clients and they were very, very thankful for the help we were able to give them.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Antarctica Update - The Whale Shark Project

Hey there dreamers, it's Hannah!  I know that many of you are animal and earth-lovers, just like me, and I want to share with you more about one of our Seven Continents Partners.  It is an amazing organization that's doing everything it can to save the world, one species at a time.  The Turtle Island Restoration Network is  looking to protect certain rare, beautiful and endangered species.  There motto is: "Fighting for a blue-green planet," and they have teamed up with a our new friend, explorer and naturalist Jonathan R. Green.  Jonathan is the brainchild for the "Galapagos Whale Shark Project," and our contact for Antarctica. He started this project in 2000 and is a leading researcher of the whale sharks.

We met Jonathan through my cousin, who has travelled down to the Galapagos with him on an expedition.  Jonathan is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London.  He saw the slaughter of these beautiful creatures by fisheries in the Pacific and Indian oceans, and has worked passionately to protect them ever since.  Through Jonathan we have learned a lot about the illegal poaching of whale sharks.

Whale sharks have been listed as vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature since 2002, largely because of the presence of these whale shark fisheries, most of which have now been closed.
However, whale sharks are still taken as by-catch, or illegally.  Last year, a single slaughterhouse in southeastern China's Zhejiang province was found to process up to 6000 whale sharks annually.  Whale shark fins are also highly prized as trophies, and can be sold for up to $1,000 each!

This year, we worked with Jonathan to raise money to put a tracker on a whale shark.  Now, the Turtle Restoration Network can track that whale shark to see where it, and other whale sharks travel to, and they can potentially find where they breed and where and how to best protect these sharks.

Thank you to everyone that helped us raise the money to track this shark!  Hopefully, with the progress we have made with the whale shark tracking, we can make a difference with these beautiful animals, and potentially help to bring back the species to the thriving state they were once in.

If you would like continue helping these whale sharks through the "Galapagos Whale Shark Project," you can donate to our "ANTARCTICA" button and can find out more at: www.seaturtle.org.

Thank you for helping to make our "blue-green" world a better place!

Ps. - It's Jack, and I also wanted to thank you by sharing one more fun-fact!  Jonathan said that this summer he wants to tag a new whale shark and name it "HANNAH!"  Stay tuned!
Could this be Hannah? ;)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Easter Food Drive - URGENT NEWS!

Last Minute
Easter Food Drive!
Collecting items through SATURDAY 4/4!

Hey there friends and neighbors!  We heard that the food pantry on the North Shore is running low, so we wanted to do something to help!  Please bring down your extra nonperishable and canned food items so that we can help. Or, feel free to make a monetary donation and we will buy the canned foods for you.  Thanks to everyone!  PLEASE make monetary donations directly to one of us, or by using the NORTH AMERICA DONATE button on the left panel of our blog or website.

- The Button Kids, Dream Team Members

Bring any food donations to 68-505 Crozier Drive by Saturday 4/4 (you can leave them inside the gate if we aren't there) or you can call 615-293-2009 and an adorable teenager will find a way to come down and pick it up!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

CHANGING OUR WORLD - The Seven Continents UPDATE

GOALS ACHIEVED = $18,410.00

We have learned that the BEST WAY to say "thank you" is to share the results.  

With a total of $18,410 in donations we purchased and donated:


Christmas gifts and supplies for wounded and sick veterans and their families living at Fisher House in Honolulu, and food for the Mualoa Foundation, who helps feed and support the hungry and homeless on Oahu’s North Shore.


Clean sheets and bedding for Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH) orphanage in Bolivia.   NPH is a home for 110 children who have been orphaned or abused. Many have been abandoned or shuffled from one family member to another. Like all children, they are seeking love and security, a place they can call home. Once they arrive at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH), they will never be asked to leave. 


We are helping to protect the endangered whale sharks from poaching and population decline in the Galapagos and surrounding areas.   Dream of a Better World has partnered with Jonathan Green and Turtle Island Restoration Network who are committed to protecting endangered animals and the environment in the Antarctica and Galapagos.  They are helping keep the world and it’s ecosystems intact and flourishing for generations to come.


For our Europe project we are working with Great Ormond Street Hospital, a hospital for children in London, England. This very special hospital treats children from all over the globe with complex medical conditions, some of which are life threatening.  We are giving them a state of the art respirator and neo-natal masks for babies.  We wish to make these kid's treatments more safe, comfortable and stress-free.


For our project in Africa we are excited to continue our work with Our Own Home, an HIV/AIDS orphanage in Jinja, Uganda. We are all very passionate about this organization, and have been supporting it for 5 years now.  Our Own Home is becoming very self-sufficient, and we want to help them continue on this path by providing them with 2 milking cows, a complete chicken farm and tons of chickens to provide milk and eggs for more protein in their diets.



Five years ago, our friends from Tennessee, Marybeth and Steven Curtis Chapman officially opened Maria’s Big House of Hope in China.  Maria’s Big House of Hope has provided a solid and loving place to live and acute medical care to over 800 Chinese orphans, most with special needs.  We are donating 2 tumbler form support chairs for disabled children and 2 new Nellcor pulse oximeters for monitoring their health in a comfortable, non-invasive way.

Dream of a Better World has partnered with KidsCan to provide free footwear and socks for children who come to school in winter without footwear or with shoes that are in bad condition. Also in New Zealand, we are assisting Diving For a Cause who will be providing  Maori community assistance in local environmental community service projects. 

THANK YOU!

All of these INCREDIBLE projects are on-going.  If you'd like to donate to any particular project, please CLICK your desired DONATE button on the right!




Saturday, January 3, 2015

Operation Holiday Heroes 2014 - A Big Success!

WOW… We knew that Operation Holiday Heroes was a big success this year.  But, we didn't expect that the ARMY would agree so LOUDLY on the official homepage of the United States ARMY!  Thank you to everyone who volunteered, donated or cheered us on!  Thank you especially to the military families who give to our country each and every day!

Here is a really sweet quote by Anita Clingerman, the manager of Tripler Hospital Fisher House (from Army Weekly): “It’s especially difficult that most of our residents are far away from family and home during the holidays,” says Clingerman. “These Dream of a Better World kids really lift our spirits, just when we need it most.  And, they are another great reminder that people still care about our military families.”


Anita Clingerman, the Fisher House Residents & Dream Team Kids!
We thank you Anita, and all of the Fisher House Residents!  

If you'd like to read the articles, here are Links:

http://www.hawaiiarmyweekly.com/2014/12/29/2014s-operation-holiday-heroes-is-successful/

http://www.army.mil/article/140081/2014_s_Operation_Holiday_Heroes/

OPERATION HOLIDAY HEROES 2015
We have been collecting donations, having bake sales, yard sales and selling "Special Delivery" cookbooks since 2011.  Since then, we have delivered goodies, games and gifts for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter and the 4th of July to our sick and injured veterans and military families

Valentine's Day is right around the corner!















So… we take DONATIONS all year long for this amazing cause.  If you're interested, please CLICK on the North America - Operation Holiday Heroes "DONATE" button.

Thank You!

Ps.  If you want to ORDER cookbooks, go to Amazon.com OR click on this link:

 "Special Delivery - Support Our Troops EDITION"

Friday, November 28, 2014

Give a Gift that CHANGES LIVES!

Dream of a Better World invites you to make a difference on ALL seven continents this holiday season.  A gift that is more precious than diamonds and more meaningful than material possessions.  GIVE the gift of health, warmth, shelter, protection and perhaps even life itself.  GIVE the gift that helps kids and families rise from the depths of poverty and despair.  GIVE… give ANYTHING you can… and you will help change the world, literally.


This year, by CLICKING on the "WHOLE WORLD" button in the right side panel, we can split your donation and distribute it to a project on every continent.  Your gift will literally reach around the world to spread goodness and hope to those in need!  Or, you can donate to your favorite project or continent by simply clicking on their individual "DONATE" button.

Our projects range anywhere from buying shoes and socks for kids that can’t afford them so that they can go to school, to buying a chicken farm and milk cows to help make an
orphanage more self-sustaining and have more nutritious food.  Or, even to track whale sharks in the Galapagos and Antarctica to help protect them from poachers. We are super excited to earn every dollar that goes towards these great projects and to make a difference on EVERY continent, but we can’t do it without your help!

Thank you for your on-going support!

If you'd like to find out more about each project and all 7 continents, you can click on their "Dream of a Better World" links below:

NORTH AMERICA - Supporting our Troops and Feeding the Homeless!

SOUTH AMERICA - Supplying Bedding for Orphans in Bolivia!

AFRICA - Providing Farm Animals for Our Own Home Orphanage

ANTARCTICA - Help Stop Whale Shark Poaching!

EUROPE - Medical Supplies & Xmas Gifts for Great Ormond Hospital Kids!

ASIA - Medical Supplies for Maria's BIG House in China Orphanage

AUSTRALIA - Shoes & Socks so Kids Can Go to School!

Great Ormond St. Kids Hosp.
Bolivia NPH Orphanage
Supporting Our Troops
Australia Kids - Shoes & Socks
Africa - Orphanage Farming Project
Antarctica - Saving Whale Sharks


Monday, November 10, 2014

HOLIDAY HEROES 2014!

It’s the Holiday Season,
and time to start spreading some holiday cheer
for our troops!

PLEASE join us as we kick off our 3rd Annual Operation Holiday Heroes with a Veteran Day Bake Sale at the Button driveway!  Lots of goodies YES, including PUMPKIN COOKIES!

Just like the last two years, we plan to make the holidays a little brighter for the disabled, ill and wounded soldiers and their families living at Tripler Fisher House in Hawaii.  Fisher House is “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers.  In Hawaii, the homes are located within walking distance of the treatment facility and hospital.

 This year's goal is to provide all the residents with a variety of supplies and household gifts for them to use during their extended stay. We also want to help make their environment and surroundings more beautiful and relaxing! We are raising funds for a large gardening shed, gardening tools and new plants and flowers to spruce up the yard and make it more inviting and enjoyable!

THANK YOU  for honoring our veterans this holiday season! 




Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Kitchen Before & After Photos


"It's a SIGN!"

BEFORE

And, this Sign is for YOU!

It's a way for you and us and the incredible kids & staff of OOH orphanage to share in the wonderful work of making this world a better place for everyone… together!  

There is a great African expression that says: "If you want to go fast… go alone.  But, if you want to go FAR… go together!

DURING
AFTER




Already, we have gone very far together!!

You might remember that Dream of a Better World, thanks to the "Matching Gift Campaign" and all of YOU (Supporters & Volunteers), raised $20,000 for four more acres of land.  The "farm to table" beans, maize and garden vegetables grown there will supply the large majority of OOH's food next year.  That is a supper healthy blessing, especially for kids who's immune system has been compromised.  The land and this kitchen will provide a sustainable, vitamin rich food supply!


We estimate that they prepare and serve between 50,000 and 75,000 meals per year.  That's a LOT of healthy food and an enormous cost savings that can be directed towards school fees, clothing, medicines and other necessities.



Can you imagine cooking that many meals, basically out doors, in one of these?  In the rainy season?


One other fun note… here is a different photo of the "BEFORE" kitchen in the background.  In the foreground are older OOH kids holding up letters that they received, with great JOY, from kids in Hawaii.  Often, when we visit OOH, we exchange letters between the kids in Uganda with kids in America… both are "hungry" to learn about each other!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

2014 Heroes & Remembrance Run

Thank YOU from Hannah, Jack & Carly,
and the Dream of a Better World Team!


September 6th, 2014 was the third running of the Hero's & Remembrance Run, sometimes called: "Boots on the Bridge."  It was a beautiful, special day to honor every fallen U.S. soldiers, killed in action since 9/11. Thank you to EVERYONE for showing up and giving your support!  


video


Words can not describe the appreciation that we have for the dedication and unbelievable sacrifice of the men and women who's boots lined the Ford Island bridge.  We recognize and honor each and every one you... and know that: 

We will NEVER forget!

Thank you Theresa Johnson, Anita Clingerman and the staff at Tripler Fisher House for pouring so much of your life into helping all of us remember those heroes who gave their lives for us and our country!   We will never forget the nearly 7,000 killed in action since 9/11! The boots, the names and faces and the many tearful participants are forever etched in our hearts and minds.

This is a “no cost” event because these fallen service members, and their families, have already paid the price!  Dream of a Better World is a lead sponsor, raising money for flags, utilities and the drinking water necessary to hold this memorial event.

For those of you who don't know, we have an on-going relationship with Tripler Fisher House and it is always a huge blessing to be apart of something so special, and to help our military families who have sacrificed so much for us.  This project was a huge success.  The kids of Dream of a Better World, with the help of a large army of classmates and neighbors and donors and volunteers, got to help put an American flag in every boot.  And, every boot had the name and face of a hero killed in combat since 9/11.


Fisher House Hawaii is one of 61 locations worldwide supporting America's military in their time of need.  Annually, the Fisher House program serves more than 22,000 families, and have made available over 5.2 million days of lodging to family members since the program originated in 1990.  Fisher House is funded by public donations and you can donate to Tripler Fisher House on-line at www.DreamOfaBetterWorld.org or mail donations to: Tripler Fisher Houses, 317 Krukowski Rd., Honolulu, HI  96819.