Comments for a Cause

One of my 2014 New Year goals was to start a Comments for a Cause program.  Since then, every month I choose a new organization or campaign to donate 50 cents towards to, for every comment made.  I love volunteering and giving back to my community, so I feel this is a perfect fit for me to do just that.  So remember - comment for a cause!



January 2014:  Make-A-Wish Iowa
February 2014:  Iowa FFA Foundation
March 2014:  North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom
April 2014:  Wennerstrom Family Mission Trip to Honduras with Prairie Ridge Church
May 2014:  Team Red, White and Blue
June 2014:  La Luz Hispana
July 2014:  Little Free Library
August 2014:  ELCA Malaria Campaign
September 2014:  Hampton Public Library
October 2014:  Iowa 4-H Foundation
November 2014:  #NorthIowaBloggers Food Drive
December 2014:  Dance Marathon
January 2015:  Battle of the Badges
February 2015:  Room to Read
March 2015:  Children's Tumor Foundation
April 2015:  Caring Pregnancy Center of Mason City
May 2015:  North Iowa Hospice
June 2015:  Retrieving Freedom, Inc.
July 2015:  Make-A-Wish Kansas City chapter
August 2015:  Alzheimer's Lemonade Stand
September 2015:  BackPack Program
October 2015:  Project Night Night
November 2015:  No Kid Hungry Campaign
December 2015:  North Iowa Christmas Cheer Fund
January 2016:  Cupid's Undie Run Mason City
February 2016:  Love Your Melon
March 2016:  First Book
April 2016:  Iowa C.O.P.S.
May 2016:  Lullaby Lane
June 2016:  Alex's Lemonade Stand
July 2016:  KaBOOM!
August 2016:  Family Village Farm
September 2016:  Make Our Day
October 2016:  My Stuff Bags Foundation
November 2016:  Iowa Cookie Crumbs
December 2016:  Iowa Cookie Crumbs
January 2017:  Ronald McDonald House Charities
February 2017:  Ronald McDonald House Charities
March 2017:  Ronald McDonald House Charities
April 2017:  Ashland Community Foundation Fire Relief Fund
May 2017:  Franklin County Freedom Rock

66 comments:

  1. Bless you Val! And Yeah Make-A-Wish!

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for creating the first 50 cent donation to Make A Wish!

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  2. I almost missed this post!! Bad me!!! Congrats and what a great first cause!!! I am thrilled. Adding you to my Comments for a Cause blog roll!

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  3. Great idea Val! Happy New Year to you!

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    1. Thanks Sara. Happy New Year to you too!

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  4. This is really cool! Who is your charity this month? Hope you have a great New Year!

    www.crystalcattle.com

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  5. What an awesome idea! Go FFA!

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  6. love this one, thanks for sharing your story and telling more folks about the importance of Norman Borlaug! Great job!

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  7. Thanks for supporting La Luz Hispana for the month of June!

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    1. I'm happy to! They are a great asset for Franklin County.

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  8. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thanks! I appreciate you taking the time to comment and helping my Comments for a Cause program.

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  9. Thanks for helping La Luz Hispana this month.

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    1. I am happy and proud to be helping such a great center that does so much for the Franklin County community.

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  10. Keep up good work.

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  11. A great cause, you are raising community awareness, and you are showing the rest of us that in this crazy world good people exist; thank you! What an awesome asset you are to your community!

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    1. Thank you for the very kind words.

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  12. So many people do not understand how much the Hispanic/Latin community really want to better themselves and especially their children. This is a great organization obviously filling a void/need in the community. A win win for all!

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    1. I agree. I love how the Hispanic/Latin community is so family-focused.

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  13. What a wonderful idea "comment for a cause" is! How do you feel about trying to make this go viral in the blogging community? Do you mind if I do the same on my blog, as well as encourage other bloggers to follow suit?

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  14. Sr. Carmen had a great idea with creating this organization. Keep up the great work.

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  15. imuchas gracias LA Luz Hispana!

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  16. I like how everyone pitched in to make La Luz Hispana happen and to take ownership.

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  17. I like the energy and the sense of real community to make a DIFFERENCE in people's lives. Keep the light going- the future awaits. Blessings on this journey.

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  18. Keep up the good work Sister Carmen. Carla E.

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  19. What a great, community-wide ministry is taking place... congratulations to the Sisters and all supporters in Franklin County. Wish this model could take root in other Iowa towns whose new Hispanic members have similar needs.

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  20. When I saw your post I thought, "What's a media kit?" Now I know. Thanks!

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  21. Thanks for your time and support for this

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  22. Thanks for all you do for the 4-H program, you bleed green! - Jean

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  23. I'm glad you've committed to a no phone policy while driving. I'm terrified by the number of people I see looking at their phones or texting while driving. I've even been known to ask people whose windows are open to put down the phone for safety. The life you save may be your own---or your children. Thanks for drawing attention to this important topic.

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    1. I'm happy to Laura. I thought it'd be hard to do but I've been doing it for a couple weeks now and it has been going well.

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  24. Thanks for drawing attention to the food bank. They are so important to our community.

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    1. I couldn't agree more. Thanks Laura!

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  25. We eat a lot of pork loin so I will definitely try this rub. Yum!

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    1. It is a great pork rub recipe! Enjoy Laura!

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  26. Val, This is such a wonderful cause! Thanks for making difference!!

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  27. Such a great idea! Im a senior at Iowa State getting ready to participate in my 4th DM. I love Dance Marathon! Thank you for all of your help :)

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  28. Hello from Alabama, I found your blog on a Farm Blog website and I love it. My husband and I along with our son raise sheep, pigs, zebu cattle, chickens and the keeper of our farm - Ben the Border Collie. Thank you for such a great idea. I look forward to following your blog. Smiles and Blessings.

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    1. Thanks for checking my blog out Tracy. I love hearing about everything you raise on your farm!

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  29. When my children were little, if there was only one serving I would fill muffin tins with all the left overs in the refrigerator and they could choose what they wanted. Even one fish stick can be cut in half and two children will be happy.

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  30. This is an awesome idea! I am just starting a blog and love this. May try something similar in the future!

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    1. If you have any questions feel free to contact me. It is a great way to spotlight projects that are important to you and give back to your community.

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    1. Thanks. I love helping and supporting my community.

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  32. I love what you are doing! It's inspiring! I'm working on on a children's book that talks about believing in yourself. I would love to talk to you about it and get your feedback!

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    1. If that's alright with you I can send you an email - Jamie

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    2. That'd be great! You can find my contact information under the About Me tab.

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  33. I very much enjoy reading your blog! I love the insight you provide into farming and agriculture. You're family is cute too!

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  34. Good Luck and I hope you get lots of comments.

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  35. Hi Val- Saw you were profiled in Successful Farming article "What Can You Do" (Feb. '16)Wife & I have 3 millenials, 2 married with kids. We all strive to eat healthier versus 20 years ago, seeking foods which are whole and simple, free of genetic modification and being doused with the "latest and greatest" chemicals. I am troubled, though to see entities like those represented by the Grocery Manufacturers Assn. & the big chemical companies treat us as "public enemy #1" as they attempt to make deals with Congress to prevent real labeling of foods as to their content and origin. The appear to want to control all of the food all of the time. How do you see where things are going in this regard and where do you think we'll end up?

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    1. Rob, thanks for stopping by the blog. I too like cooking with as many whole foods as possible. When it comes to GMOs labeling I don't believe it will happen anytime soon, if at all. First, mandatory labeling would be very expensive. Consumers would see the effect of the labeling in the price of their foods. And second, the World Health Organization, American Medical Association, US National Academy of Sciences and USDA FDA all say GMOs are safe. The government isn't going to mandate labeling of a safe technology and product. I think there is a lot of misinformation out there on GMOs and I personally think labeling might make the confusion worse. There are currently only eight GMOs available in the United States: soybeans, corn (field and sweet), papaya, canola, cotton, alfalfa, sugar beets and summer squash. GMOs are an option and food choice for consumers and I believe will continue to be labeled as a marketing option.

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  36. I started following your blog sometime ago, as my daughter and her family relocated to Decatur City, Iowa several years ago and your blog makes me feel like I'm in the next town over. This is the first time I've commented though and felt with the tragedy on April 1st, it was time. Her dad and grandfather (my dad)were police officers and we know what's it like to send them out the door, not sure if we will see them again. My thoughts and prayers are being sent to their families.

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    1. Thanks for following the blog and commenting! I'm glad my glimpse of Iowa life can make you feel closer to your daughter who is now living in Iowa.

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  37. Thanks for supporting the Lullaby Lane project

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  38. I like that you use nicknames for your kids on your blog. Let them keep a semi private social media presence until they have their own account.

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  39. Love how you share modern agriculture with an audience that may not otherwise experience it. As a former farm kid I really enjoy your posts. We celebrated the 4 th in SW Wisconsin with a tractor pull in our hometown then visiting with family before enjoying a great fireworks show. Even though we no longer farm we have a couple of JD tractors that we enjoy pulling.

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