Ripple Kids Newsletter JULY 2010
3rd Quarter Service Topic:
The Homeless

Dear Members -

July starts the 3rd quarter of 2010 and thus brings us to our next service topic: The Homeless. Many people tend to think of helping the homeless during the holidays with canned food and warm coat drives.

The truth is, with the economy still struggling, shelters are finding more and more people needing their services while their funding and donation levels are dropping. The Orange County Rescue Mission (our local shelter) reports that they are facing a $327,000 shortfall in donations while demand has gone up 256%! The story is the same nationwide.

We've listed some great organizations and links that will help you and your kids find ways to help out. Every little bit counts!

If you or someone you know has completed a project to help the homeless or someone in need, please send them to our web site to fill out a project form.


Bridget Belden
Founder and CEO
Ripple Kids, INC.

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How can YOU start a Ripple?

  • LEARN more about organizations that are helping the Homeless
  • Take ACTion by completing a service project to help the Homeless.
  • SUPPORT your peers who are helping the Homeless.
  • SHARE the joy....encourage others to start a ripple by sharing what you've learned about helping others!

LEARN: About Organizations Helping the Homeless

ACT: What Can You do to help the Homeless?

Pick one of these EZ ways to get your ripple started:
  • Collect gently used clothing, shoes, toys, sports equipment or games to donate to a local organization that assists homeless families.
  • Put together backpacks with school supplies for children in need - visit for more information about their supply drive
  • Collect canned food with your sports team, Scouting troop or a group of friends and deliver to your local shelter.
Note: as part of your planning, identify and contact your local agency to confirm their needs.

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter with your child. It doesn't take a lot to inspire and empower them to make a difference - you just did.
Keep the ripples going!

Bridget Belden
Founder and CEO
Ripple Kids, INC.

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'I saw some homeless people outside a shelter in downtown St. Paul. We drive by there often and it bothered me that some people don't have a place to live and enough food to eat.'
Taylor, 12, MN

This email was written and generously donated by Alii Goedecke. Alii is the author/illustrator of
One Fun Thing and

co-founder of Party Pepper Uppers which bundles birthday party packages for children in need - because every child deserves a Happy Birthday! Visit
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