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Toys for Tots

Posted by Brandon Dillon on December 11, 2014

My local Tri shop Endurance house is doing a Christmas toy drive for Toys for Tots and I always remembered the commercial of the boy going up the Marine standing guard asking if hes Santa Clause but I didnt know the story behind what they were about and how they started so this is what I found and I think its pretty amazing.

Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. The program was founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill Hendricks.

Toys for Tots began as a Los Angeles charitable effort in 1947. Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR, was inspired by his wife Diane when she tried to donate a homemade Raggedy Ann doll to a needy child but could find no organization to do so. At her suggestion, he gathered a group of local Marine reservists, including Lieutenant Colonel John Hampton,[3] who coordinated and collected some 5,000 toys for local children that year from collection bins placed outside of Warner Bros. movie theaters.[3] Their efforts were so successful that, in 1948, Toys for Tots was launched as a national campaign. Hendricks used his position as director of Public Relations for Warner Brothers Studio to enlist celebrity support, as well as have Walt Disney Studios design the red toy train logo.[2]

Until 1979, Marine reservists (frequently in their dress blue uniforms) and volunteers would collect and refurbish used toys. In 1980, only new toys were accepted, as reservists were no longer able to dedicate drill hours to refurbish toys, as well as legal concerns and the mixed message of giving hand-me-downs as a message of hope.[2]

In 1991, the Secretary of Defense authorized the creation and affiliation with the non-profit charity foundation. In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved Toys for Tots as an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve.[4]

Noting in 1996 that many communities did not have a Marine reservist presence, the commander of the Marine Forces Reserve authorized Marine Corps League detachments and other local organizations to fill the gaps in toy collection and distribution.[4]

In 2009, the program received support from First Lady Michelle Obama, who placed the first collection box at the White House.[5] In December 2011, she took part in a Toys for Tots activity at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.[6][7]

As of 2013, the Toys for Tots Program and Foundation have collected and distributed more than 469 million toys.[8]

The Mission –

The mission of the program “is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.”

The stated goal is to “deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.”

 

Notable achievements[edit]

  • 2003 Outstanding Nonprofit Organization of the Year (DMA NPF)[8]
  • Reader’s Digest Best Children’s Charity of 2003[8]
  • One of the top 10 charities of 2003 on the Forbes “Gold Star” list.[8]
  • Charity Navigator four star ratings in both 2005 and 2006.

 

Reference Wiki Pedia.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Brandon Dillon on November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving at Plymouth

In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers—an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith and other individuals lured by the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World. After a treacherous and uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims, as they are now commonly known, began the work of establishing a village at Plymouth.

Throughout that first brutal winter, most of the colonists remained on board the ship, where they suffered from exposure, scurvy and outbreaks of contagious disease. Only half of the Mayflower’s original passengers and crew lived to see their first New England spring. In March, the remaining settlers moved ashore, where they received an astonishing visit from an Abenaki Indian who greeted them in English. Several days later, he returned with another Native American, Squanto, a member of the Pawtuxet tribe who had been kidnapped by an English sea captain and sold into slavery before escaping to London and returning to his homeland on an exploratory expedition. Squanto taught the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition and illness, how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. He also helped the settlers forge an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe, which would endure for more than 50 years and tragically remains one of the sole examples of harmony between European colonists and Native Americans.

In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time—the festival lasted for three days. While no record exists of the historic banquet’s exact menu, the Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow wrote in his journal that Governor Bradford sent four men on a “fowling” mission in preparation for the event, and that the Wampanoag guests arrived bearing five deer. Historians have suggested that many of the dishes were likely prepared using traditional Native American spices and cooking methods. Because the Pilgrims had no oven and the Mayflower’s sugar supply had dwindled by the fall of 1621, the meal did not feature pies, cakes or other desserts, which have become a hallmark of contemporary celebrations.

 

Thanksgiving Becomes an Official Holiday

Pilgrims held their second Thanksgiving celebration in 1623 to mark the end of a long drought that had threatened the year’s harvest and prompted Governor Bradford to call for a religious fast. Days of fasting and thanksgiving on an annual or occasional basis became common practice in other New England settlements as well. During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress designated one or more days of thanksgiving a year, and in 1789 George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the national government of the United States; in it, he called upon Americans to express their gratitude for the happy conclusion to the country’s war of independence and the successful ratification of the U.S. Constitution. His successors John Adams and James Madison also designated days of thanks during their presidencies.
In 1817, New York became the first of several states to officially adopt an annual Thanksgiving holiday; each celebrated it on a different day, however, and the American South remained largely unfamiliar with the tradition. In 1827, the noted magazine editor and prolific writer Sarah Josepha Hale—author, among countless other things, of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”—launched a campaign to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday. For 36 years, she published numerous editorials and sent scores of letters to governors, senators, presidents and other politicians. Abraham Lincoln finally heeded her request in 1863, at the height of the Civil War, in a proclamation entreating all Americans to ask God to “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.” He scheduled Thanksgiving for the final Thursday in November, and it was celebrated on that day every year until 1939, when Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week in an attempt to spur retail sales during the Great Depression. Roosevelt’s plan, known derisively as Franksgiving, was met with passionate opposition, and in 1941 the president reluctantly signed a bill making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November.

Thanksgiving Traditions

In many American households, the Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, it now centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple so ubiquitous it has become all but synonymous with the holiday, may or may not have been on offer when the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621. Today, however, nearly 90 percent of Americans eat the bird—whether roasted, baked or deep-fried—on Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation. Other traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Volunteering is a common Thanksgiving Day activity, and communities often hold food drives and host free dinners for the less fortunate.
Parades have also become an integral part of the holiday in cities and towns across the United States. Presented by Macy’s department store since 1924, New York City’s Thanksgiving Day parade is the largest and most famous, attracting some 2 to 3 million spectators along its 2.5-mile route and drawing an enormous television audience. It typically features marching bands, performers, elaborate floats conveying various celebrities and giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters.
Beginning in the mid-20th century and perhaps even earlier, the president of the United States has “pardoned” one or two Thanksgiving turkeys each year, sparing the birds from slaughter and sending them to a farm for retirement. A number of U.S. governors also perform the annual turkey pardoning ritual.

Thanksgiving Controversies

For some scholars, the jury is still out on whether the feast at Plymouth really constituted the first Thanksgiving in the United States. Indeed, historians have recorded other ceremonies of thanks among European settlers in North America that predate the Pilgrims’ celebration. In 1565, for instance, the Spanish explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilé invited members of the local Timucua tribe to a dinner in St. Augustine, Florida, after holding a mass to thank God for his crew’s safe arrival. On December 4, 1619, when 38 British settlers reached a site known as Berkeley Hundred on the banks of Virginia’s James River, they read a proclamation designating the date as “a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.”
Some Native Americans and others take issue with how the Thanksgiving story is presented to the American public, and especially to schoolchildren. In their view, the traditional narrative paints a deceptively sunny portrait of relations between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people, masking the long and bloody history of conflict between Native Americans and European settlers that resulted in the deaths of millions. Since 1970, protesters have gathered on the day designated as Thanksgiving at the top of Cole’s Hill, which overlooks Plymouth Rock, to commemorate a “National Day of Mourning.” Similar events are held in other parts of the country.

Thanksgiving’s Ancient Origins

Although the American concept of Thanksgiving developed in the colonies of New England, its roots can be traced back to the other side of the Atlantic. Both the Separatists who came over on the Mayflower and the Puritans who arrived soon after brought with them a tradition of providential holidays—days of fasting during difficult or pivotal moments and days of feasting and celebration to thank God in times of plenty.
As an annual celebration of the harvest and its bounty, moreover, Thanksgiving falls under a category of festivals that spans cultures, continents and millennia. In ancient times, the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans feasted and paid tribute to their gods after the fall harvest. Thanksgiving also bears a resemblance to the ancient Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot. Finally, historians have noted that Native Americans had a rich tradition of commemorating the fall harvest with feasting and merrymaking long before Europeans set foot on their shores.

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Where Was God? Connecticut shooting.

Posted by Brandon Dillon on December 17, 2012

I find the event that happened in Connecticut very bad and wrong. and my prayers go out to those families and teachers who gave their lives. I wanted to share what Mike Huckabee had to say and I think its 100 right on and no more needs to be said but much more needs to be done. But its not passing laws, its just teaching the laws that God gave us. here is it please give it a watch and let me know how you feel.

God Bless the children and parents.

 

 

 

 

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1913, The Turning point of Freedom By Oliver DeMille

Posted by Brandon Dillon on August 20, 2012

I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting Mr. DeMille a few times now and being able to hear him speak and talk with him personally for a few brief minutes I can tell you he is more passionate about freedom, and well I would say preserving it but we have lost so much in the last 100 years (which you will see here in a minute ) but restoring freedom the way the founding fathers of United States of America intended it to be.

Oliver DeMille is the founder and former president of George Wythe University, a founding partner of The Center for Social Leadership, and the author of A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the 21st Century.

As a university student, Oliver went on a search for a truly great education — experiencing private and public universities, technical and religious schools, corporate and international educational institutions, prestigious colleges and worthless diploma mills; he literally sampled the best and the worst that modern education has to offer, and virtually everything in between.

As a result, he found a small Bible school where he worked closely with mentors and studied the Bible and the great classics in many fields. Although Coral Ridge Baptist University was not regionally accredited, he was so excited by the quality of his studies that he left a large, well-respected university to focus full time on his classical education. He earned the B.A. in Biblical Studies (May 1992), M.A. in Christian Political Science (December 1992), and Ph.D. in Religious Education (May 1994) at Coral Ridge Baptist University.

He has written and spoken extensively about the traditional education system versus his intense mentored-classical experience with Coral Ridge and his mentor–Dr. W. Cleon Skousen. After his Coral Ridge studies, he returned to Brigham Young University and completed the B.A. in International Relations with a minor in Aerospace Studies, graduating Magna cum Laude (1994). He then devoted his time to refining the educational design and curriculum of the liberal arts school he founded, George Wythe College (now University).

Oliver is a popular author, keynote speaker, and business consultant. Presently, he devotes a majority of his time to writing. He and his wife Rachel are raising their 8 children in southern Utah.

Now that you know a bit about Oliver let me tell you that his latest 2 books, 1913 and Freedom shift go hand in hand. 1913 was amazing and he and others have sited this time and many of the same events as a point in which we made a huge turn and sometimes when you do something like turn a plane or a ship just 1 degree, after a mile its not far off, but go 100 miles and you will miss a continent. This is the same thing that has happened here, we went on a few years and things were good but now that we are 99 years away from these major shifts its drastic.

Robert kiyosaki wrote about these things in his Conspiracy of the Rich book as well. So did Buckminster Fuller in Grunch of Giants.

But Oliver does an amazing job in these two books of laying out what happened, why, who, and what you and I can do to help change it.

There are 4 things that happened in 1913 and 1936 that will have a bigger effect on what happens in the coming election than who gets elected.

First was the passage of the 16th amendment, what this did and I encourage you to read the founding documents for your self. Before the 16th amendment the Government was funded by the states, who collected taxes from the people, the government was not allowed to tax the people directly. This created a Federal system, so instead of the government and the states being on the same level with one another. With this passage the Government became a National system because now the states needed the government to survive and get money from.

The next major thing that happened was the passage of the 17th amendment which before this amendment, according to the Constitution, senators were selected from each state according to the direction of the State Legislature. This put two direct representatives of each respective state in Washington, with the power through checks and balances to protect the right and interest of the states them-selves. Once the 17th Amendment passed, senators were elected by popular vote within the states rather than by state legislature. This took the direct protectors of the states out of Washington.

The 3rd thing that happened in 1913 was the creation of the Federal Reserve. Now this topic deserves a dozen articles on its own and the reading of several books to really understand what the FED really is, who controls it, and how it works and what it does to you and I. I named several books in the beginning such as this one 1913, Grunch of Giants, the Dollar Crisis, Conspiracy of the Rich,  just to name the top ones to really dig in to for a start this beast.

The Federal Reserve lived in 2 previous forms in our nations history, and they were shut down because of the extremely huge negative impact the founders saw in its existence. But its not my point to rally against the FED and go protest and demand it be shut down. What we need to do is really understand the rules of the game we are playing and do out best to win and benefit from it and help our neighbors and friends do the same. Then we will be able to change things from that point. But you can’t change things any other way.

The 4th thing that happened was in 1936, and it was the United States Vs Butler. Franklin D. Roosevelt along with Woodrow Wilson wanted a much larger Government, even doubling the size of the Supreme Court so they could appoint people that would help them in their cause for this much bigger Government. Before the Butler case the Government was limited to spending money on only 20 things.  These are listed in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution, they are as follows.
1. Regulate commerce
2. Establish rules for citizenship
3. Establish Bankruptcy laws
4. Coin and regulate the value of money
5. Standardize weights and measurements
6. Punish counterfeiting
7. Run a postal system
8. Pass copyright and patent laws
9. Run federal courts
10. Punish crimes on the high seas
11. Declare war
12. Raise and finance the armed forces
13. Establish rules for the armed forces
14 Call up state militias
15. Administer the seat of government (Washington, D.C.)
16. Administer federal lands
17. Pass laws to implement the other items on this list
18. Raise tax money to pay for the other items on this list
19. Spend it on the other items on this list
20 Borrow if needed to pay for the items on this list.
These were the only powers given to the federal government by the Constitution and the only things the Government is constitutionally authorized o spend money on. How many see that its spending money on way more then those 20 items?
That’s because of the Butler case, it allowed them, who can now tax more with out any checks and put us in to debt more using Fiat money and the Federal reserve and now spend more than ever before. These 4 things will effect us until the next world shift which is coming very soon, it will be either a freedom shift, or a force shift. I hope enough people will come together and it will be a freedom shift.
I will lave you with a nice audio by Oliver, but get those books, study them, and learn what’s going on and what you can do to help.
Thank you and God bless.

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Oliver DeMille 1913

Posted by Brandon Dillon on July 28, 2012

I just got my hands on the newly released book by best selling author, founder of George Wythe University, Patriot, and a true American and sensus plenior thinker Oliver DeMille.
As I finish this book which tells us why the U.S. Is in its current state of decline and what set it all off back 100 years ago and what you and I can do to change it.
So far this book is amazing and I am only on chapter 4 since yesterday, I just can’t put it down and if you care about freedom and what happens to the next generation you won’t be able to put it down either

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Mental Fitness Challenge Week 1!

Posted by Brandon Dillon on May 6, 2012

Well week one is in the bag for the Mental fitness challenge, and I have to say its amazing! Orrin’s latest book Resolved 13 resolutions for life is truly a hand book for you life. Orrin didn’t write another book juts to pad his wallet, he said he wrote Resolved because if  he died tomorrow what would he have wanted his children to know and how to live their lives. Amazing!

Not only will this 90 Mental Fitness Challenge help you live the life you’ve always wanted by helping identify areas in life that your great at right now and the others that need some work, we can help provide the help needed though an amazing community support around the world and products to help you in every one of the 13 areas, from subscription based products which is the best way humans learn, little bits at a time over a longer period of time, that’s why the mass media and TV play those visual images to program your subconscious, but now you can choose to program it with things that will help you and not them. Specialized packs like our finance pack and marriage pack, and parenting packs and many more.

I am just super excited to keep doing the 90 Day Mental Fitness Challenge my self and help others do the same, the cost is so cheap for a product of this quality, 220 bucks! Plus if you get 3 people to join ya in living the life you’ve always wanted you get your 220 back! how can you not like that! The same goes for any of the subscriptions as well!! So if your not interested in making money (but seriously who doesn’t want more money?) as customers you can get yours entirely free!!

Here is a link to more info and I am looking for some more Challenge & Accountability partners so join me and lets have some fun!

http://www.the-team.biz/39862710/Home.aspx

 

Here is a great video too help ya understand how big this is!

 

http://www.mental-fitness-challenge.com/Home.aspx?ln=61235267

Mental Fitness Challenge

 

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The life you always wanted to live.

Posted by Brandon Dillon on April 29, 2012

Mental Fitness Challenge

This weekend in Columbus Team and Life launched the ground breaking Mental Fitness Challenge to help you live the life you’ve always wanted to live though principles called resolutions. These resolutions are written in detail in Orrin Woodward’s new book called 13 Resolutions for Life in which he has studied 3 very important people in history, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin & Jonathan Edwards. What he found is that the accomplishments these gentleman had were the results of resolutions applied over their lifetime. Just think about it, what would we have today if Benjamin Franklin didn’t resolve to change and come up with his 13 virtue’s? For sure there would be no USA. I don’t want to go in to all the detail here but I am starting the challenge this week and I highly suggest you do the same, I am looking for partners that I can be accountable to and get feed back from that are going to join me on the journey of living the life they’ve always wanted. So lets go! I can help ya do it. Check this video out!

During the next 13 weeks I will be reading the 3 books and listening to the audios in the pack and working with other people who are already committed to doing this with me so they can get their life that they always wanted to live so each week at least once I will be updating you on the books chapters and things I did that week.

See you all in the challenge!

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The Charles Schulz Philosophy

Posted by Brandon Dillon on April 3, 2012

This was Great so I thought I would pass it along, how did you do? How did you answer?

The  following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the  creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip.

You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them.

Just read the e-mail straight through, and you’ll get the point.

1. Name  the five wealthiest people in the  world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.

4  Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6. Name  the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remembers the headliners of yesterday.

These are no second-rate achievers.

They are the best in their fields.

But the applause dies..

Awards tarnish..

Achievements are forgotten.

Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

Easier?

The lesson:

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the

most credentials, the most money…or the most awards.

They simply are the ones who care the most

Charles Schulz

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Coming Apart or Community Together?

Posted by Brandon Dillon on March 15, 2012

Coming Apart or Community Together?.

This is another Great Blog and new book coming out talking about how the Founding Fathers were right! listen to this.

Although many believe that the complex challenges facing us today cannot be solved through the lens of the American founder’s virtues, Murray writes:

I take another view: The founders were right. The success of America depended on virtue in the people when the country began and it still does in the twenty-first century. America will remain exceptional only to the extent that its people embody the same qualities that made it work for the first two centuries of its existence. The founding virtues are central to that that kind of citizenry.

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If I know then what I know now…

Posted by Brandon Dillon on February 21, 2012

I am very excited for this to come out, its going to change the face of our young generation and give them the wisdom that the best leaders in the world have at a young age. how many times have you said I wish I would have known that 5 years ago or 10 or how many ever it was or I wish someone told me when I was 15 or 16 or 12 even. Well now they can learn it. Check this out

 

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That’s what the EDGE series is all about! Designed especially for those on the younger side of life, it is a hard-core, no frills approach to learning the things that will make for a successful life. You will laugh, you will cry, you will totally have fun. Featuring successful businessmen and women, authors, entrepreneurs, and even professional athletes who deliver true stories of success, the EDGE series will give anyone a head start on living a happy, fulfilling, successful, and meaningful life.

Eliminate the noise around you about what you are and who you should become. Instead, figure it out for yourself in a mighty way with life-changing information from people who would do just about anything to have learned these truths much, much sooner in life! It may have taken them a lifetime to discover these truths, but what they learned can be yours now on a monthly basis.

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