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Don’t Ask. Give.

Don’t Ask. Give.

            Well, we went to a stunning birthday party yesterday where the theme was Candy Land, and of course, there was lots and lots of candy. The hostess didn’t want to get stuck with all of it at her house after the party, so she made sure that every guest left with gobs of it. I don’t know when exactly this happened, but somehow my youngest daughter decided that she had too much candy and she needed to do something with it.
            My kids love a charity called Camp Sunshine. It is a camp that my sister-in-law attended when she was younger, and where she still returns to be a counselor each year. They provide a camp experience for children who are suffering from life threatening diseases. Like any charity, they always need donations and my kids are constantly inspired to help. We have a Camp Sunshine jar in our house where the loose change goes.
            So after she and my husband had a conversation my daughter was jumping up and down with excitement about her plan to go door to door in our neighborhood, giving away candy. That’s just what she did and her sister went along with her. They took their bag of candy, and strips of paper with Camp Sunshine’s contact information, and a bag of dog treats, and they knocked on doors.
            My husband and my children are all braver than I am, I have decided. The girls just walked up to peoples’ front doors and offered them candy and treats for their dogs, and told them about their favorite charity. People were thrilled. They told the girls that what they were doing was wonderful, and promised to check into the camp. Pretty darn cool. Instead of asking people for donations, they told them how to donate if they were interested. The giving away a gift thing, that is just inspired. When was the last time you opened your front door, and were offered a surprise treat, no strings attached? It’s never happened to me.
            Maybe some people will follow up and donate. I am sure that some will not. Even if one person does however, the girls have done something really good. Or maybe, they just really brightened someone’s day, if not because of the candy, because they showed that children care about other children.

If you would like to help Rory with her campaign to raise money for Camp Sunshine here is the address where you can donate:

If you are interested in learning more about the camp itself, here is their website:

If you would like to see a video that some amazing young cancer survivors put together, here is where you can find it:


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Making it Happen:

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Allow the pie to cool for 30 minutes before slicing.

To make the whipped cream, blend the chilled heavy cream in a chilled bowl on high speed until it begins to thicken, add the vanilla and continue blending until the cream is thick. 

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