In 1947, Major Bill Hendricks – with the support of members of his Los Angeles Marine Corps Reserve unit – collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. Bill’s program was so successful that in 1948, the Marine Corps adopted it and expanded it nationwide as the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. In the intervening years, Marines have conducted more than 50 successful campaigns, collecting and distributing over 243,250,000 toys.
The program has enjoyed the support of an array of notable Americans. Walt Disney designed the logo. Nat “King” Cole and Peggy Lee recorded the Toys for Tots song. Bob hope, John Wayne, Brooke Shields, Johnny Carson, and Garth Brooks are but a few of the long list of celebrities who have used their time and talent to promote Toys for Tots. First Lady Barbara Bush served as the honorary national chairperson in 1992, and in her autobiography named Toys for Tots as one of her favorite charities.
Today, Toys for Tots is the Marine Corps’ premier community relations program. To many Americans, Christmas isn’t complete without the image of uniformed Marines collecting and distributing toys to needy children of their communities. Distributing an average of 16,000,000 toys annually to over 7,000,000 needy children. Marine Corps Reserve Units located throughout the nation conduct toy collection and distribution campaigns in the communities near their Reserve Centers each year. Campaigns begin in October and last until December 22nd. Caring Americans drop off new, unwrapped toys at collection receptacles located in local businesses. Marines pick up, sort, and store these toys in a central warehouse. As Christmas nears, Marines distribute toys to social welfare agencies for distribution to needy children prior to Christmas Day.
While Marines organize, coordinate, and manage the program, the ultimate success depends on the support of the local community and the generosity of the people who donate toys.
Local business leaders play a key role by allowing Marines to locate collection receptacles in their stores; by providing free warehouse space during October, November, and December for sorting and storing toys; by providing vehicles to collect toys from collection sites; by sponsoring toy raising events; and by helping Marines receive maximum media exposure for Toys for Tots.
For more information or local drop off locations please visit http://wichita-ks.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/Default.aspx or contact Love My Nurse Home Health Care Services for more details!!!
Observed every November, American Diabetes Month is an important element in the American Diabetes Association’s efforts to focus our nation’s attention on the disease and the tens of millions of people affected by it.
Our 2016 theme is This Is Diabetes. We’ll showcase real-life stories of friends, families and neighbors managing the day-to-day triumphs and challenges of the disease. Join as we salute the 29 million Americans with diabetes — as well as their loved ones — to raise awareness and to create a sense of urgency about this growing public health crisis.
The campaign invites people to submit their own stories to capture the authenticity of those who understand this disease best. Please use these materials to bring #ThisIsDiabetes to life in your organizations and communities.
Please click adm-2016-fact-sheet for the 2016 National Diabetes Month Flyer; for any further questions or additional resources please visit http://www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/american-diabetes-month.html or contact Love My Nurse Home Health and we will be happy to assist in any way we can!!
Immunization, or vaccination, helps prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. To stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and pneumonia, adults need to get their shots – just like kids do.
National Immunization Awareness Month is a great time to promote vaccines and remind family, friends, and coworkers to stay up to date on their shots.
How can National Immunization Awareness Month make a difference?
We can all use this month to raise awareness about vaccines and share strategies to increase immunization rates with our community.
Here are just a few ideas:
Talk to friends and family members about how vaccines aren’t just for kids. People of all ages can get shots to protect them from serious diseases.
Encourage people in your community to get the flu vaccine every year.
Invite a doctor or nurse to speak to parents about why it’s important for all kids to get vaccinated.
For more information please visit https://healthfinder.gov/nho/Augusttoolkit.aspx or contact Love My Nurse Home Health and we will be happy to assist you!!
As the Holiday Season has come to an end and we start a new year, Love My Nurse Home Health needs your help!! Our agency has grown and we need quality staff that will care for our patients as we do. If you are or know a certified home health aide or nurse (LPN or RN) have them go to lovemynurse.com and send us their resume. We have immediate positions open with training being conducted upon hire. We have extremely competitive pay with flexible schedules to meet the needs of our staff members. We look forward to hearing from you!!!
The Holiday Season is rapidly approaching and as we begin to prepare we should not forget those individuals less fortunate than ourselves. 1 in every 5 Kansas children go hungry each day. The Kansas Food bank is organizing several donation locations this year including all local Dillon’s Stores. Food is not the item that the food bank is collecting right now; toys, clothes. and personal hygiene products are needed as well. For more information please visit www.kansasfoodbank.org or stop by one of the donation collection locations to see how you can help!!!
Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that if you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your doctor about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram. Are you worried about the cost? CDC offers free or low-cost mammograms. Find out if you qualify by visiting cdc.org or contact Love My Nurse and we will be happy to assist you in finding the necessary resources.
At Love My Nurse Home Health Care Services we educate not only seniors but the community as well about the various resources that are available in time of need. Everyone knows to call 911 for medical emergencies but 911 cant help if you need respite care, Medicare information, Meals on Wheels, or other vital services. That’s where United Way’s 211 number comes in handy; this number connects more than 65% of Americans in 41 states to a one-stop shop for community services. Here are just a few examples of these services:
1. Medical Information Lines
2. Home Health Care
3. Support with Older Americans & Persons with Disabilities
4. Crisis Intervention Services
5. Support Groups
6. Adult Day Care
9. And Much More!!
When you call 211 you will speak with a person trained to find the organization or agency that can help you. To learn more about what 211 can do for you simply call, visit www.211.org or contact Love My Nurse Home Health Care Services and we will be happy to assist you!
May 21st is a very special day this year for children all across the world. For those of you unfamiliar with Red Nose Day it is a day all about having fun, raising money, and changing lives. This is a day specifically dedicated to end child hunger not only in the United States but as a global effort as well. All the money raised will help fund projects that will help transform the way people and children live. You can give in many different way including your time, donating money, or even giving non-perishable items to local food banks. In addition, local Wal-Greens retailers are selling foam red clown noses to wear on this very special day to help spread the word along with the proceeds being donated directly to The Red Nose Fund. For more information about this tremendous opportunity to help out please visit www.rednoseday.org or contact Love My Nurse Home Health Care and we would be happy to get you in touch with a local Red Nose representative!
At Love My Nurse Home Health Care Services; we are constantly providing useful and relevant information to our clients along with the general public on ways to better care for Seniors. A topic that always seems to be presented to us from caregivers, children, or even friends is how do we keep our senior busy? We have developed a short but extremely useful list of some very simple things you can do to make a big difference in the daily functionality and self worth of an adult.
1. Spend time with a Senior- Most often people are just looking for a good conversations or a even a laugh. Communication skills are vital at any age; engaging in active listening and verbal skills will help keep the mind sharp. This is the most important thing you can do for any senior!!
2. Collect information about relevant topics or events that might interest a senior- Everybody enjoys staying current with the news, hot topics, or even movies. Find magazines, newspapers, or even an electronic tablet to share with a senior providing access to this information.
3. Enroll in a Class- Senior Centers, the YMCA, and even local churches host classes specifically designed for seniors. Do a little research and see what is available in your area. This even makes a great time for you to spend time together doing something constructive.
4. Family Dinners- Setting up regularly scheduled dinners can give a senior something not only to look forward to but also prepare for as well. Even letting them do some of the light cooking, making their favorite salad, or even picking the restaurant.
5. Getting Involved with Important Matters- It may not seem like a big deal to you but as seniors age they feel “left out”. Make time to go to important events like doctors appointments, the dentist, or the optometrist. Communicate your concerns and allow the professional to provide feedback. This will also allow you to find out critical healthcare information timely so any issues can be immediately addressed.
6. Talk to their senior friends about spending time together- If you have a senior who is “bored” and looking for things to do, then most likely they have friends sharing very similar feelings. Get on the phone or send an email and organize a get together for them.
7. Don’t Be Pushy- If you have a stubborn senior then do not force anything upon them. Provide options and find the best individualized fit for them. Be patient and never get angry because things are not happening according to your schedule.
We hope this helpful for you or anyone looking for help with an aging senior. For any additional questions please feel free to call Love My Nurse Home Health Care Services or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org; a senior care specialist will be happy to help any way we can!!
Veteran Benefits: Excellent Options for Deserving Americans
At Love My Nurse Home Health Care Services we are extremely grateful for all those individuals who have served our country. Without people willing to defend the freedoms we all enjoy, this country would not be the wonderful place we have come to love. American Veteran’s and their families have excellent medical benefits but some are not as advertised as others. We have worked extensively with the local VA hospital over time and are proud to provide service to those who have spent time in the armed forces. If you have spent any time in the military, army, or air force there are programs designed specifically to help provide ongoing care to American Veteran’s. We have complied various applications to several programs that we have found very helpful for our clients who have served time in any one of the armed forces. Please click the highlighted fields to download a free copy of these applications or we encourage you to contact our office directly if you have any additional questions!! A senior home care representative will be happy to help and arrange any additional in-home care services you might require. Thank you to every individual in our armed forces who makes this country the greatest in the world!