The results are in! Dream Dinners stores nationwide put their game faces on for “March Matchness,” a unique program that allowed guests to host in-store fundraising events and give back to their favorite local organizations while helping to bring families together around the dinner table.
At the end of the month, the top six fundraisers nationwide received matching donations of up to $1,000 each. Altogether, the Dream Dinners family across the nation rallied together to donate $15,000 to a variety of great local causes throughout the month of March.
Share Some Love, May 9th, with a Military Spouse you Know
When their loved ones are deployed or they are moving to a new place, military spouses can feel isolated, lonely and homesick. Why not widen your circle of friends and reach out?
Fun ideas to make their day:
- Invite, invite, invite… draw them into your social circle and introduce them to your friends. Invite them to play dates, parties, outings, Mothers of Preschooler groups, church, the gym… whatever you do, welcome them!
- Offer a ride. They may have only one family car and can’t get out a lot.
- Call and text to offer encouragement and friendship.
- Bring them a meal! If they are ‘single-parenting’ while their spouse is deployed, they will really appreciate a homemade meal. Dream Dinner’s makes it easy – fill an insulated tote with a frozen dinner along with some sides and sweets from our Finishing Touch Freezer.
- Offer babysitting. They might not have developed a list of safe child care yet, but, need a break or date night.
- Throw them a party! Baby showers and birthdays make great opportunities to do something for them that an old friend might have done back home.
Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by the masses. Reaching out to just one person makes a difference! You don’t have to change the world, but, you could certainly change their world.
If you’ve spent time volunteering in a classroom, you’ll know how big of a responsibility our teachers carry. Keeping a classroom of kids organized and focused takes dedication, diligence, and a whole a lot of love. Education is a big accomplishment!
Dream Dinners is an easy and delicious way to spoil your teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.
Gather some helpers and load up their break room with these wonderful lunches and snacks from our menus. (items change monthly)
- Parmesan Chicken Sliders (Great for a grab-and-go quick lunch)
- Santa Fe Shredded Pork Burritos (Easy to bring in a crock pot and dish up hot anytime).
- Coconut Shrimp and Sweet & Sour Sauce with Jasmine Rice (Serve these skewered shrimp hot or cold)
Let the appreciation begin!
In just one morning at a Mother’s of Preschoolers Group, I heard two real-life stories that begged me to ask myself, “How do I encourage people when their need hangs heavily on a scale – too much for me to resolve?” One mom was expecting to move to a new home in a week and a half when suddenly their arrangements fell through and they have no place for their young family of four to live. The other mom is raising two small kids while her husband is serving away in the military. She planned to visit him after 5 months of being apart and now they can’t afford it since she lost her job.
Real hardship and suffering are all around us. Often our own resources are not enough to help. Yet, doing nothing because we can’t do everything is no solution. We certainly don’t want to just pat people on the back and say, “It’s all good; you’ll get through it.”
On March 22nd, a massive landslide in Oso, a rural northwest Washington town,
Whether your work environment is serious or light hearted, take advantage of ‘Fun at Work Day’ and add a little joy to your co-worker’s lives. Here are some ideas to get your imagination spinning with fun and your work breaks teaming with laughter.
- Surprise co-workers with a little gift on their desk when they arrive.
- Bring a camera and take snapshots being silly, post them on your bulletin board.
- Play a Minute-to-Win-It game
- Share your uncommon talent (wiggling ears, whistling, double joints)