January 2018 – 2018 Buckets For Hunger Newsletter
A child’s eyes see the whole world so differently. A child’s eyes light up a room full of otherwise uninterested adults. A child’s eyes portray the present and the future if we look deeply enough.
It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol are classic movies about the holiday season. They revolve around the theme that we all touch other people’s lives in so many ways. Whether we know it or not, every little or large thing that we do affects others. In the Charles Dickens classic novel, A Christmas Carol, Ebeneezer Scrooge has to be visited by ghosts in order to finally realize the true costs of his obsession to accumulate wealth.
January 2013 – 2013 Buckets For Hunger Newsletter
Challenges Galore… Victories Abound
The year 2012 brought many challenges for our little organization. Buckets for Hunger was faced with the dilemma of attempting to continue our annual dinner/auction events in the face of rising costs for celebrity guests. We had to face the challenge of attempting to put on our annual silent auction of hockey and other sports memorabilia at the Kohl Center in spite of the National Hockey League being temporarily shut down for business. In addition, the organization had to face the challenge of a major health event for me as I suffered a heart attack on November 3, 2012.
Somehow, both the organization and I have made it through the year and the future looks quite bright!
July 2012 – 2012 Buckets For Hunger Newsletter
Super Bowl Party
On July 21, 2011, Buckets For Hunger, Incorporated, put an exclamation point on the Green Bay Packers’ Super Bowl XLV victory. Buckets brought in legends Dave Robinson and Jerry Kramer from Super Bowl I and II, Antonio Freeman and Frank Winters from XXXI and Tramon Williams and Nick Colins from last year’s Super Bowl XLV Champions.
May 2011 – 2011 Buckets For Hunger Newsletter
10,000,000 reasons to be proud and humble
In 1995, a few local friends and I started Buckets for Hunger, Incorporated. We were joined by our original honorary board of directors members, former Green Bay Packers Jerry Kramer, Jim Taylor, John Brockington and former Badgers basketball legend, Michael Finley. Alliant Energy, Incorporated, stepped up as our first corporate sponsor back then and is still here with us.
A Great Gift
In the Christmas classic movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, Clarence Oddbody (angel second class) tells George Bailey, “You’ve been given a great gift. You’ve been given the chance to see what the world would be like if you’d never been born.” It is a simple line of dialogue in a seventy-year old film. Yet it is arguably one of the most thought-provoking statements ever written.
February 2007 – 2007 Buckets For Hunger Newsletter
What Happened in 2006?
Everyone’s life touches so many other lives that when you are gone a big hole is left.
Clarence, the star-crossed angel-to-be delivers a similiar line of dialogue to George Bailey near the end of the Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life.
January 2006 – 2006 Buckets For Hunger Newsletter
A Decade Of Caring And Sharing
Nearly forty years ago, a local grocer in my hometown performed an act of kindness for my family that touched my life forever. On a cold, snowy Christmas Eve in the mid-sixties, he came knocking on the door of our run-down dirt-basement home. Even at the tender age of ten, I had grown to expect little, if anything, for presents and the same for a Christmas meal. A loud knock on the door changed our Christmas plans.
March 2005 – 2005 Buckets For Hunger Newsletter
A Ray of Hope
No matter how desperate the situation is for us, we don’t collapse. No matter what the odds against us are, we don’t surrender. No matter how dark and dire the circumstances seem to be at the time, we fight on and upward. No matter how many times we get knocked down, we always pick ourselves up one more time. As long as there is even a solitary ray of hope, we find a way to continue.
January 2004 – 2004 Buckets For Hunger Newsletter
Wiping Away the Tears of Hunger
In my favorite classic Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, a young George Bailey tells his father that he does not want to stay in Bedford Falls. He explains that he wants “to do something really important”. George’s extremely wise father responds by stating that he believes that “in our own small way, we ARE doing something really important.”
December 2002 – 2002 Buckets For Hunger Newsletter
Wiping Away the Tears of Hunger
It has been a long, difficult and tragic year for ea h and every American, yet the true spirit of our descendants has been somewhat rekindled in these troubled times.