Day 167- Heather Armstrong (of dooce.com)

What the deuce? Noooo…that’s not “deuce,” like Stewie from “Family Guy often says. I’m writing about Heather B. Armstrong, young wife, mother, and blogging phenomenon who was recently picked up by HGTV (Home & Garden Television) to work with them on their “online and on-air production teams” to develop “convergence programming.”

Armstrong is trendy, sassy, and a straight-shooter. She launched her Web site, www.deuce.com, in 2001, and now, with over 1.6 million followers on Twitter, Deuce is a viral sensation with Heather at the center of the whirlwind. She’s appeared on Oprah and Larry King Live, and now I want to write to her to ask her if she’ll write about my blog or share it on her Web site. That would be a big step, a big step indeed for us.

Surely, with a skilled entrepreneur/blogger who will write about anything and everything from motherhood to Mormonism (ask her– not me!), can make a little room for spina bifida.

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WOW...um...I don't believe we've ever had a black-and-white photo of anyone. Well, there's a first for everything!

And now for a brief update of my day. I spent roughly three hours today doing something that I’d forgotten how much I love– volunteering. I cannot overestimate how fulfilling it is to do something– anything– in the service of others. So, Mom and I went a warehouse where an organization called “Clean the World” has collected thousands of bars of soap, bottles of liquid soap, shampoo, and body wash to send to different impoverished countries. Of course, there is now a pressing need for items to send to Haiti.

It’s so cool and innovative what they do. They collect donations of soap and other products from hotels that have been used up a little– say, a bar of soap that was used once by a guest. Or a bottle of shampoo that is three-fourths full. Well, they take the soap and get rid of any impurities, first by peeling or scraping off any icky stuff (he he!) and then by steaming them to sterilize them. The soap is then packaged and sent, like new, to wherever there is a need.

I was sobered by their statistics when they gave us a briefing. They said that a million children’s lives can be saved simply by having access to these critical hygiene products.

Look, I’ll admit that, because of the “Give a Day, Get a Day” Disney promotion, we each got a ticket out of the deal. But, I really want to go back, because I made connections that were heartfelt today, and when you’re volunteering, you get to meet wonderful people that you normally wouldn’t get the chance to interact with.

The truth about what happens to those who don’t have access to basic hygiene supplies isn’t pretty. About 2.2 million people around the world are killed every year by diarrhea because they don’t have soap, shampoo, and other basic necessities for cleanliness. The saying goes that “cleanliness is next to godliness.” I say cleanliness should be a God-given birthright for every single human being. So, if you’re interested in helping out, check out their Web site:

http://www.cleantheworld.org/

And….if you’re interested in taking advantage of the Disney promotion, visit:

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/disneyparks/en_US/WhatWillYouCelebrate/index…

Trust me. That URL will actually take you somewhere.

And so, once again, I leave you with a mind-numbing amount of information, which explains why I procrastinated until 12:30 to post! Oh yeah– don’t forget to also check out www.cnn.com/impact for info on how you can help our amazing friends in Haiti.

Love,

Laura ♥

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