Week 46 & 47: An Invisible Horse and some Visible kids

Project: Horse Farm St. Jude card recycling (Week 46)

and speaking at a high school (Week 47)

Actual Time Taken: 1.75 hours

Week 46

Our first week here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin I had every intention of getting up at 8:00 am to help clean stables at a horseback riding therapy charity. But life had other plans for me.

I woke up to a cold, snowy morning and a flat, flat tire. Whomp whomp.

So I had to cancel with these very nice horsey-type people. All I managed to get done for that week of volunteering was recycling all of my various plastic gift cards and forgotten hotel keys, and recycling card covers for St. Jude’s Hospital.

These two projects are super easy, and since the holidays are coming up where you’ll most likely get lots of both holiday cards and gift cards, here’s where to send them when you’re ready.

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Gift cards, hotel keys, keychain cards, oh my!

Why recycle those little plastic cards, you ask? Well, according to Earth911.com, these plastic cards are made up of PVC material, and the website states that 75 million pounds of PVC material enter the waste stream every year! While this material is infinitely recyclable, not many public recycling plants take them, so here’s what you can do!

When the gift cards are spent, wrap them up in an envelope and send them to :

Earthworks c/o Halprin Ind.
25840 Miles Rd.
Bedford, Oh 44146
As for all of those holiday cards, they are remade into new cards by the kids in the St. Jude’s hospitals and sold to “support our programs and services for abused, neglected and homeless children, young adults and families.” You don’t have to limit the kinds of cards you send to just holiday cards either- they take cards for all occasions and currently they specifically need birthday and thank you cards.
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I managed to get a few birthday covers in there too!
So rip off the fronts of all those cards you were just going to throw away after the holidays and send just the pretty front covers to:
St. Jude’s Ranch for Children Recycled Card Program
100 St. Jude’s Street
Boulder City, NV 89005


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 The end result

I did all of this in under 15 minutes, so I didn’t quite make my hour goal this week… but there’s still a few weeks left in this year to hit that mark!
Week 47
This week we got to speak at a performing arts high school here in Milwaukee. The kids were all super stoked to ask us all sorts of questions, as most were seniors about to go off to various arts schools. Most already knew they wanted to have a career in the arts, and at the end one guy came up to us and shook all of our hands saying “I’ll be seeing you in two years.” with all the confidence in the world.
I love it. And I don’t doubt it.
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As professional as we always are…
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Thanks to Earth911.com for the info on recycling gift cards!
Thanks to St Jude’s for the info on the card recycling!

Week 25: Patriotic Care Packages

Project: Care Packages for AnySoldier.com


Actual Time: 45 minutes

 It’s our first week performing here in our national capital and, after two months of performances in the Great White North that is Toronto, I’m probably feeling extra patriotic.

Lack of data on your phone will do that to you.

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Everything in red doesn’t have US data. Good luck.

I decided to make care packages for soldiers though a website called AnySoldier.com, which gives the service men and women a chance to write in themselves with specific requests.

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Requests abound!

I chose one group at random and got started on their requests at a CVS up the street from the theater. The requests included, and were not limited to: Snickers, chips, laundry detergent, peanut butter cups, baby wipes, sunscreen, tactical sunglasses, and gummy bears.

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Package made of care. And sugar. Lots of sugar. 

The group also includes a few women, and as I am unsure of the feminine sanitary supply in Afghanistan, I included a few … ahem… feminine essentials.

Here’s the conundrum: Do I wrap the ladies’ items separately? Or do I let the male captain open up the package and hand them individually to the women?

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Should I go with pink?

More importantly… am I being immature to assume that this would even be an issue?

Anywho, I spent my hour (well, 45 minutes) this week shopping for the care package. I’ll continue to shop next week for more supplies, and send it out after I’ve collected an ample amount of goodies for the troops!