Friday, December 25, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The spot may have been perfect, but that is not the word to describe the horrible, rainy, misty, foggy, windy, cloudy, cold day. When I awoke at 4am that Saturday morning and heard the rain.... I knew it was going to be a very tough day. Hubby Bear and I arrived around 6:30am to start setting up. We had 3 tents donated for use and I cannot tell you how very, very grateful I was for those tents. They sheltered the dedicated volunteers from the weather and kept the donated goods dry while waiting to load into the trucks.
Mary Landreth from Brazos Feral Cat Allies and Della Carroll from God’s Little Creatures brought the tents.
The 5 Organizations that benefited from this event:
BRAZOS FERAL CAT ALLIES
GOD’S LITTLE CREATURES
GREAT PYRENEES RESCUE SOCIETY
IMPACT ANIMAL FOUNDATION
I must give our volunteers a GREAT BIG HUGE THANK YOU for showing up! Including our 4-legged ones! I am so proud of each one of them and just so impressed. On a day that would have been so much easier to just stay at home.. in bed... with hot tea and a book.... these terrific folks braved the really crummy weather in behalf of the 5 wonderful organizations and made this event a HUGE success:
CHERYL ANNE CHANDLER Vision Voice Veg*n’z for the Brazos Valley
FRANCES DE GELIA Vision Voice Veg*n’z for the Brazos Valley
FRANCHESCA GARZA Vision Voice Veg*n’z for the Brazos Valley
GAIL OSTENSEN Vision Voice Veg*n’z for the Brazos Valley
IRENE ERION Vision Voice Veg*n’z for the Brazos Valley
KELIN WARD Vision Voice Veg*n’z for the Brazos Valley
KRISTEN WILLIAMS Vision Voice Veg*n’z for the Brazos Valley
LAURA THOMAS Vision Voice Veg*n’z for the Brazos Valley
TUXEDO MASK Vision Voice Veg*n’z for the Brazos Valley
MARSHA MATCEK Brazos Feral Cat Allies
MARY LANDRETH Brazos Feral Cat Allies
CASSIE God’s Little Creatures
DELLA CARROLL God’s Little Creatures
KELLY God’s Little Creatures
FRANCES DE GELIA Great Pyrenees Rescue Society
ERIC REYES Impact Animal Foundation
JENNIFER TAYLOR Impact Animal Foundation
LORI NOVOSAD Impact Animal Foundation
MICHELLE MARSH Impact Animal Foundation
SHARON OTHOLT Impact Animal Foundation
LINDA PATTON Scotty’s House
MELANIE SCARPACE Scotty’s House
BIG...BIG THANKS TO THESE FINE FOLKS!
VILLAGE FOODS, Jim Lewis (parking lot, coupons & distributed over 2000 flyers at his store)
COPY STOP PRINT & POSTAL, Jeff Plotts and Ralph Nieto (donated 750 flyers & coupons)
LITTLE CAESAR’S PIZZA, Phil Trampini (donated all the pizza for the gang & coupons)
GOBBLE GREEN, Jennifer and Kevin (tortilla soup and coupons)
BRAZOS NATURAL FOODS, Janice Atkins (a case of water)
Community Partners that got the word out:
BIG THANKS to Franchesca Garza for providing the orange traffic cones that helped keep things tidy and orderly!!
We heard all positive comments... like “so glad you are doing something like this.” “Hope you will do this again next year.” “I think it is wonderful that you chose the rescue societies as well as Scotty’s House.”
Over $2000.00 in cash was donated and thousands of dollars worth of goods and items were loaded up in the trucks over the 8 hours! Considering the weather, we rocked the day! Check out more pictures below of the event.
I am very proud of our new Vegan and Vegetarian (Veg*n) group. It was born only this past September and we were able and willing to put this event together in only 2 months. What a great group of members we have and what an amazing giving community BCS is to come out in miserable weather and donate to 5 worthy and deserving organizations!
If you are Vegan or Vegetarian ... or thinking about making the transition to one or the other.... and would like to be a part of this dynamic and dedicated group of great folks... just contact me! Our next meetup is January the 12th, 6:30pm Village Cafe.
Thank you everyone!!!
God Bless you all!
Founder & Leader of VISION VOICE VEG*N’z for the Brazos Valley
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Time Magazine's Scathing Indictment of Factory Farming
By Nathan Runkle
Today's issue of Time magazine carries a compelling article titled "America's Food Crisis and How to Fix It."The in-depth piece paints a sobering picture of the cruel, unhealthy, and unsustainable practices used on factory farms nationwide. Here are some particularly powerful quotes from the feature:
"Somewhere in Iowa, a pig is being raised in a confined pen, packed in so tightly with other swine that their curly tails have been chopped off so they won't bite one another. To prevent him from getting sick in such close quarters, he is dosed with antibiotics. The waste produced by the pig and his thousands of pen mates on the factory farm where they live goes into manure lagoons that blanket neighboring communities with air pollution and a stomach-churning stench. He's fed on American corn that was grown with the help of government subsidies and millions of tons of chemical fertilizer. When the pig is slaughtered, at about 5 months of age, he'll become sausage or bacon that will sell cheap, feeding an American addiction to meat that has contributed to an obesity epidemic currently afflicting more than two-thirds of the population. And when the rains come, the excess fertilizer that coaxed so much corn from the ground will be washed into the Mississippi River and down into the Gulf of Mexico, where it will help kill fish for miles and miles around. That's the state of your bacon -- circa 2009."
"In CAFOs, large numbers of animals -- 1,000 or more in the case of cattle and tens of thousands for chicken and pigs -- are kept in close, concentrated conditions and fattened up for slaughter as fast as possible, contributing to efficiencies of scale and thus lower prices. But animals aren't widgets with legs. They're living creatures, and there are consequences to packing them in prison-like conditions."It's encouraging to see mainstream media giving such pressing and important issues such coverage. Hopefully Time readers will reconsider their next burger or pork chop, and opt for the healthy, humane, and sustainable vegetarian option instead.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Bless the Beasts and the Children benefits:
BRAZOS FERAL CAT ALLIES
GOD’S LITTLE CREATURES
GREAT PYRENEES RESCUE SOCIETY
IMPACT ANIMAL FOUNDATION
Here is a wish list for each wonderful organization:
* Brazos Feral Cat Allies -- Wet and dry cat food and kitten food, kitty litter and money for medical supplies and care for the foster and feral cats.
* God's Little Creatures -- Stainless steel feeding and water bowls, puppy feed pans, new or gently used blankets and towels, dog food and money for a new bath house.
* Great Pyrenees Rescue Society -- extra-large wire crates and dog beds; dog treats; adjustable collars and leashes; a portable, retractable tent; and money for vaccinations, spaying and neutering, medicine and surgeries for sick Pyrenees.
* Impact Animal Foundation -- New or used crates and kennels in good condition, cat and dog treats and toys, kitty litter, carpet cleaner, paper towels, cat "trees" and scratching posts, and leashes.
* Scotty's House -- individual juice drinks; snacks; coloring books; tempera and finger paints; bandages; alcohol swabs; basic office supplies such as folders, pens and pencils; socks and underwear for boys and girls; action figures; Play Station games; and money for medical supplies.
Our Awesome sponsors for this event:
COPY STOP PRINT AND POSTAL
LITTLE CAESAR'S PIZZA
BRAZOS NATURAL FOODS
Thank you for helping children and animals in need.
Bless the Beasts, Bless our Children, & Bless this Earth
Thursday, December 10, 2009
12/10/09 Phil Trampini, owner of BCS Little Caesars Pizza is feeding the volunteers!! They even have vegetarian and vegan pizzas!!! BIG.. HUGE THANKS!!!!!
12/5/09 We are looking awesome for the event. We have volunteers, plenty of trucks and now in need of great weather!! YAY!!!! BIG HUGE THANKS to all of you guys that stepped up and volunteered your time, effort and energy to this event in behalf of your group and these wonderful organizations!!
5 Local Organizations will benefit: *Brazos Feral Cat Allies *God’s Little Creatures *The Great Pyrenees *Impact Animal Foundation *Scotty’s House
The lists of donations are now posted on this blogsite. They are on the back of the flyers as well.
11/23/09 delivered 1000 more flyers to Village Foods for distribution
11/18/09 Village Foods gave out all 750 flyers!!! YAY!!! Time for more!!! YAY!
11/12/09 The great folks at Gobble Green out of Austin (a gourmet Vegan food delivery service) is going to bring over some samples of their foods and discount coupons to give away at our event! YAY!!!! Check out their website! BIG THANKS Jennifer and Kevin!!!
11/5/09 Cheryl Anne Chandler has volunteered to design and make up signage for the day of the event!!! WHOOP!!! Thanks kiddo!!!!
If you work for the school district or if you are a Vet or work in a vet clinic, start a contest and give away prizes to the school, the grade, the classroom that collects the most donations for this event.
Have a contest with the vet clinics in town.... give prizes for the mose donations collected for this great cause!
CSPD and BPD and CSFD and BFD's could hold contests and give prizes for the city that collects the most donations...
11/6/09 I visited with Jim Lewis over at Village Foods yesterday and he showed me the area that we can use for this event! It could not have been more perfect!!! Excellent access and location. We have all the area in front of the Galaria Office Building. It is set up like a circle drive thru... so PERFECT for what we want to do!!! YAY!!!!
AND Franchesca Garza, our newest member, can get traffic cones for us!!!! DOUBLE YAY!!!! Thanks so much, FRANCHESCA!!!
I gave Jim the flyers for his folks to start distributing to customers as they check out. Hopefully the distribution will begin today and continue thru the day of the event!!! WHOOP!!!
BIG THANKS JIM LEWIS for everything you are doing to help support this event!
I will send out an email to everyone regarding volunteer sign up and the shifts available as well as availability of pick up trucks... etc.... probably just before Thanksgiving.
In case you have not read the original blog about Bless the Beasts and the Children, go ahead and take a look. This will catch you up to what we are doing.
I encourage each one of you to print out the flyer that I emailed a couple of days ago and hand it out or email it. SPREAD THE WORD!!
*COPY STOP PRINT & POSTAL
*BRAZOS NATURAL FOODS
*LITTLE CAESAR'S PIZZA
Here’s more scoop:
BLESS THE BEASTS AND THE CHILDREN
Saturday December the 12th (possible inclimate weather date the 19th of Dec)
8am to 5pm Parking lot of Village Foods. (they are our first sponsor!)
Not only are they allowing us to use part of their lot; but also, they will stuff flyers in people’s bags during November and up to the event!! We provide the flyers. WHOOP!!! BIG THANKS JIM LEWIS!!!
People donate items and/or money to these entities. People drive up and we unload the donations and people drive away. Items are loaded in pickups according to destination and then delivered that day. We will store items under tents while waiting on delivery. Everything will be delivered that day.
Four (3 ) hour shifts beginning at 6:30 or 7am to 6pm. This will include set up and tear down. Maybe 6 to 8 folks (MINIMUM) per shift at the site. We definitely can use as many folks as possible! Each organization needs to have someone at their end to accept and unload the donations as they are delivered.
MARY LANDRETH, with Brazos Feral Cat Allies, has offered up her tent to use!!!! YAY!! Thank you so much Mary!!
We now have 4 tents!!!
COPY STOP PRINT & POSTAL stepped up & donated services for 750 ds flyers!!!! WHOOP! BIG thanks to Jeff and Ralph over there!!!
FRANCES DE GELIA submitted the radio PSA's for the event! BIG THANKS FRANNIE D!!!
KELLIE WILCOX-MOORE owner of the VILLAGE CAFE has volunteered to feed the volunteers the day of the event!!! I know we can always make room for more folks to help Kellie! AND..she has volunteered a tent, too!!! THANK YOU KELLIE!!!!
BRAZOS NATURAL FOODS will donate drinking water for us the day of the event! WOO HOO BIG THANKS, JANICE ATKINS!!!
DELLA CARROLL, God's Little Creatures, is letting us use 2 tents..... THANK YOU, Della!..
BIG thanks to KAMU FM & KEOS FM for helping to promote this event!
NOVEMBER the 5th. I will speak to the Leadership Brazos Alumni Association about our group and the Bless the Beasts and Children event at the new Best Western Inn, Austin Colony area in Bryan from 11:30am to 1pm
DECEMBER the 10th, Thursday, Mary Jo Prince and I will be on Sharon Colson's show Brazos Valley Magazine on KAMU TV to promote the event. (tape the show on the 2nd of Dec)
Whew!!!! Ok, I really need you guys help for sure. You are all Vegans and Vegetarians.. You eat very healthy and have TONS of energy.... come on and put it to great use!!! YAY!!!
Please, let me know you are available to help and we can work together on this wonderful event that will benefit so many local organizations and give great publicity for a lot of local merchants!!!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Four times a year, the great folks at KAMU TV come into your home via television to ask for help by pledging your $upport so that they can continue to air great programs like NOVA, Nature, Masterpiece Theatre, Sesame Street, and Clifford the Big Red Dog (to name just a very few programs.) I can remember watching the French Chef (aka, Julia Childs) and the Frugal Gourmet on PBS. These 2 programs were inspirational in motivating me to get in the kitchen and start cooking!
PBS and local programming on KAMU are all COMMERCIAL FREE! YAY!!! (I am so tired of endless commercials and all the propaganda they spew!) This is a blessing , but with a catch. Because they air no commercials, they sell no advertising. And with no advertising, they bring in no money to support the station and its programming. So the PUBLIC... as in PUBLIC broadcasting (PBS) .... is truly their salvation. Without the dollars from community support all PBS stations around the nation would cease to exist. Image this.... your only viewing choices on television would be COMMERCIAL or broadcast COMMERCIAL TV! How irritating, boring and time wasting!
I encourage each one of you to make a call... make a pledge to your local PBS station the next time they have their Pledge drive.
Look how great the set looks! Very festive and full of holiday cheer. We had 6 members from our group and 2 guests that took time from their busy schedules... (Hey, I mean.. everyone is super busy, right?) to come and have salads provided by the Village Cafe, meet John Bennett, Station Manager, Elaine Hoyak, Development Director, and Vicki Holloway, Marketing Manager, chat it up with one another and spend a few hours taking pledges from callers.
BIG THANKS to:
JUDGE CHARLIE ELLIS
KAMU allowed us to promote our group's big event on the air. Bless the Beasts and the Children, Saturday the 12th of December from 8am to 5pm in the parking lot of VILLAGE FOODS. YAY!!! Thank you so much for that opportunity!
It was a fun night and it felt GREAT to share our time by volunteering for KAMU TV pledge drive.
Bless the Beasts, Bless Our Children and Bless this Earth
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Give us a call 845-5656 and make a pledge to KEEP YOUR FAVORITE PROGRAMS on the air... so you can snuggle up and continue to watch them all!!! Plus you will get to talk to one of us!
MAKE a CALL.... MAKE a PLEDGE!!!! TONIGHT!!!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Some of these questions, which reach a fever pitch in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, pertain to the ways in which animals are treated. (Did your turkey get to live outdoors?) Others focus on the question of how eating the animals in question will affect the consumer’s health and well-being. (Was it given hormones and antibiotics?)
None of these questions, however, make any consideration of whether it is wrong to kill animals for human consumption. And even when people ask this question, they almost always find a variety of resourceful answers that purport to justify the killing and consumption of animals in the name of human welfare. Strict ethical vegans, of which I am one, are customarily excoriated for equating our society’s treatment of animals with mass murder. Can anyone seriously consider animal suffering even remotely comparable to human suffering? Those who answer with a resounding no typically argue in one of two ways.
Monday, November 23, 2009
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