Charity Spotlight: Loads of Love – helping kids have clean clothes for school

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After I saw a commercial during the Falcons-Saints game for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, I wanted to see who else was going to lose to J.J. Watt this year. Well, there’s a Redskin nominated and he’s doing something really awesome in this area:

Last winter, Nick Sundberg approached the Redskins Charitable Foundation with an idea for a new program to help increase school attendance rates in low-income areas and give equal opportunities to all children. His solution was washers and dryers. It started after Nick and his wife Flor heard about a laundry program that installed washers and dryers in schools after finding that thousands of children missed school each year because they did not have access to clean clothes. Nick decided he wanted to help launch a similar program in the D.C. Metro Area. In partnership with the Redskins Charitable Foundation, Nick will launch the Loads of Love (LOL) laundry program in three Prince George’s County public schools and two youth shelters in Washington this fall. The program will provide schools with a high percentage of homeless students with the supplies and equipment needed to create an in-school laundry center. Nick financially supported the launch of the LOL program with a $25,000 donation. He will also support the project through My Cause, My Cleats. Thanks to Nick’s donation, each site will receive all materials needed to implement the program with their specific population, including the washer and dryer units, laundry bags, soap and dryer sheets and a stipend to keep the program running. On November 6, Nick and Flor will cut the ribbon on the LOL laundry center at Magnolia Elementary School.


Abundance 4: Giving and Getting

I completely forgot two more things from my series of cultivating abundance – some really important parts too (so I guess it’s good that this blog doesn’t have a big following, phew!).

Counterintuitively, giving is a key part of feeling abundant. I’m currently reading The Broken Ladder and it starts off by saying that feeling poor can have debilitating effects whether or not you’re actually poor. And of course the problem with this is that numerically there is a limit on the number of people who can be poor. (Technically, this could be a large percentage depending on how you define it, but if we’re assuming that some people have to fall under “rich” and some people have to be “poor”, I guess we’d understand probably the bottom third to be poor). Technically anyone can “feel” poor even if they’re the richest person in the world, because feelings don’t have to be tethered to facts.

The way we feel poor is to look at people who have more. Thus, to feel rich, we should look at people who have less. Obviously, that sounds really condescending. I mean, don’t criticize those with less. I mean, give to those with less.

There’s a wealth of research that shows giving activates a part of the brain that is typically associated with rewards (food, sex, drugs, money). Giving has also been linked with better health outcomes, promotes social connectivity, and increased feelings of gratitude. It also just changes your worldview from inward facing to outward facing, increasing our humility and empathy. Better health, more connections, a decrease in pride and an in crease in gratitude would all seem to help decrease your feelings of relative poverty and increase your feelings of abundance.

But while it’s important to give, it’s also crucial that we be able to receive (or getting, as in, the name of this blog =D). Continue reading Abundance 4: Giving and Getting