Announcing our Kindness Award Winners for April 2024

Quilen and Hannah Blackwell Kindness Award Winners

A huge shout out to Jesse’s Paddle (aka, The Jesse Klump Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program) for their very generous donation to sponsor this month’s award winners, Quilen and Hannah Blackwell.

Quilen and Hannah Blackwell (Chicago, IL) founded Southside Blooms in 2014. A $150 donation allowed them to start their off-grid flower farm where participants convert vacant lots into commercial flower farms using solar-powered rainwater irrigation. Thus creating jobs for young people on the south and west sides of Chicago.

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Finding Gratitude

gratitude, food for thought

One of my favorite things in the world is to get a gift for no reason. No birthday, no holiday, just because someone was thinking of me. It can be as simple as a bag of M&M’s or a card in the mail. I have a favorite T-shirt that Matt sent me, he was at a concert, saw it, and thought of me. Imagine, a 31-year-old at a concert and he thinks of his mom. It warms my heart. It reads, “Make America Grateful Again”, with a Grateful Dead logo. I love this shirt, I love the saying, and I love that it’s from Matt. Continue reading Finding Gratitude

Help for Serious Mental Illness and Matt’s 39th Birthday

Resource Guide for Serious Mental Illness

Today, Matt would be 39 years old. We’ve had to live 6 years and 9 months without his presence in our lives, without new memories, without his touch and his effervescent smile. We’ve learned how to live and find some happiness despite our grief, but there’s not a day that goes by that we don’t hurt from missing him. We’re grateful for the 32 years of wonderful memories we shared with Matt that make us smile and warm our aching hearts, but we miss him so much.

Brian, Shadow and Matt
Brian, Shadow and Matt.

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Announcing our Kindness Award Winner for February 2024

kindness award winner Rhiannon Menn with lasagna love

A huge shout out to Jesse’s Paddle (aka, The Jesse Klump Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program) for their very generous donation to sponsor this month’s award winner, Rhiannon Menn.

Rhiannon Menn, (Kihei, HI), is the founder of Lasagna Love, a non-profit that connects neighbors for home-cooked meal delivery.  Continue reading Announcing our Kindness Award Winner for February 2024