Monday, December 22, 2008


This holiday season I wanted to help put all of our efforts together to make a difference and I decided to pick a non profit whose mission is very important, to get clean water to people in developing nations. Charity: Water does just this! I have set up a fundraising page through Charity: Water and am very excited to see how we can all come together and through our donations we will be providing funds to help build wells and funding sustainable clean water solutions in areas of greatest need. If you are interested in joining me on this holiday goal and to learn more about what Charity: Water does, please visit the site below.

All online donations generate a tax-deductable receipt at time of transaction.

In two years, charity: water has raised over $7 million and funded over 800 water projects.

Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all sickness and disease, and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Many people in the developing world, usually women and children, walk more than three hours every day to fetch water that is likely to make them sick. Those hours are crucial, preventing many from working or attending school. Additionally, collecting water puts them at greater risk of sexual harassment and assault. Children are especially vulnerable to the consequences of unsafe water. Of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation, 90% are children under 5 years old.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


My sister, Lydia, has created a blog dedicated "to the beauty of music," because as she sees it, music is the one thing that unites us all. It's sound is universal, it's dialect fluent to all, though everybody may have their own niche if they so desire. Everyday she adds different songs and videos that sample music that you would not hear on the radio and may not find on your own, but that are unique. The songs typically blend different types of music to create a fresh and enjoyable sound. Do your ears a favor and bookmark her page!
-submitted by Lydia Simmons

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


This holiday season TOMS shoes is hoping to give away 30,000 shoes to children in Ethiopa suffering from podoconiosis. Podoconiosis is a soil transmitted disease caused by walking, running, farming, playing, working, etc. barefoot in silica-rich soil. Silica is ancient volcanic glass that penetrates the skin and makes its way into the lymphatic system, causing the feel and lower legs to swell.
How can you help? One way is to buy yourself or someone you love a pair of TOMS shoes or Tiny TOMS for your children, nieces or nephews or friends children.
For each pair you purchase, TOMS donates a pair to a child on your behalf. Help make this goal a reality and enjoy wearing the most comfortable shoes you'll own!
Discount code: Peytoni
to view their holiday video, go to: