Posted by: Candace
With Hurricane Irma getting closer to the Southeastern, United States region; and tropical storm Jose on her trail, I decided to make a post about the items you’ll need to prepare yourself. Where I live in Wilmington, North Carolina; hurricanes are common and rarely faze the locals. Honestly, I’ve driven in past hurricanes, gone to the store, taken trash out, etc. However, it’s better to be prepared than unprepared. These are also items recommended to have in your car anyways, in case of an emergency.
Right now, Hurricane Irma is a category 5 and has been described as a monster. In Miami, stores quickly ran out of hardware supplies and gas stations were lined up with cars. Here in Wilmington, NC; both Sam’s Club and Costco ran out of water bottles and jugs. I just put in an order for pick-up tomorrow to ensure I could get the things that I need. We are planning to leave town for this one and not take any chances. Whether you’re staying, going to a shelter, or leaving town; these items will be good to have.
Extra tip: Make sure to fully charge all cell phones and devices beforehand.
Everyone please be safe and stay tuned to your local weather reports. If there are any other item suggestions, please leave them in the comment section! God Bless!
Hurricane Matthew has come and gone, but it left behind disaster. Numerous North Carolina cities are still dealing with tremendous flooding. Homes are underwater, lives have been lost, and pets left behind. Children have not been able to return to school because of the flooding due to a levee and a dam breaking. There are still many without power and the water may not be safe to drink for another 4 weeks. People are living in shelters, hotels, and even their cars. I live in Wilmington, North Carolina and in my neighborhood there was only minimal flooding and 2 power outages, but the power here has been restored. In spite of people losing their homes and belongings; some hotels, gas stations, and supermarkets have jacked up the prices in the areas that were affected. This is an illegal act that can be reported to the Attorney General. At the very least, those companies may be slapped with a fine. Unfortunately, by then they may have made a mini fortune off of the suffering of others. Cities like mine in North Carolina and across the county, have come together to gather donations for towns like Lumberton, Fayetteville, and Kinston in NC. I was fortunate enough to be able to donate water bottles, baby items, and food to several places in my local area. I wanted to take a moment to recognize some of those that collected donations. Also, thanks to those who donated and to the North Carolina National Guard! While I may not have mentioned everyone, if you are still collecting donations please comment below! Thanks to:
Pine Valley United Methodist Church
The Bridge Church
Warner Temple AME Zion Church
Sola Salon in Hanover Center
GameStop at Mayfaire
Wilmington Christian Academy/Grace Baptist Church
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Ashley High School NJROTC
The Little Gym of Wilmington
Leland Fire/Rescue (Leland, NC)
Lumberton Police Department (Lumberton, New Jersey)
It’s a Dog’s Life Rescue (Huntersville, NC)
Living on the Bliss (Southern Pines, NC)
Yancey County Sheriff’s Office (Burnsville, NC)
One Man’s Junk (Cabarrus County, NC)
Liberty Tax (Lumberton, Laurinburg, Wallace, Fayetteville, & Raeford, NC)
NC State University (Raleigh, NC)
Chris’ Powersports (Moncks Corner, SC)
Gleaning for the World (Concord, Virginia)
Green Creek Baptist Church (Columbus, NC)
W.O.W. Workshops on Wheels (Lumberton, NC)
Dollar General (Wallace, NC)
Piggly Wiggly (Wallace, NC)
Duplin County Hospital & DSS (Kenansville, NC)
Burlington Pediatrics & Westside Ob-GYN (Burlington, NC)
Green Ford (Greensboro, NC)
SPCA of Franklin County (Youngsville, NC)
Subaru Concord (Concord, NC)
First Baptist Church (Lumberton, NC)
Waterford at the Park Apartments (Huntersville, NC)
Ferrell Family Dentistry (Davidson, NC)
The Lumberton Township Office of Emergency Management (Lumberton, NJ)
Faith Harvest (Wake Forest, NC)
Again, many thanks to all who have donated and delivered supplies! God bless you all!
Posted by: Candace
A few years ago, North Dakota was hiring and offering relocation assistance for new jobs in the oil industry. Due to this dicovery of oil there, it not only provided jobs, but decreased gas prices in America. But, at what cost?! The oil is transferred on trains because unlike Texas, North Dakota doesn't have pipelines. A lot of the trains are old, unsafe, and not built to transfer flammable liquids. They are used anyway though! On July 6, 2013 one of these trains exploded in Canada. These types of trains carry oil to places like Philadelphia, Newark, Portland and more. This video shows the explosions and gives more insight into this problem:
Posted by: Candace
1. Addiction: kills 95 percent of addicts who don’t receive treatment.
2. AIDS: 2.9 million people die from HIV/AIDS a year.
3. Child Abuse: In 2006, an estimated 905,000 children were victims of child abuse or neglect.
4. Child Labor: 1 in 6 children in the world, ages 5 to 14, is engaged in child labor.
5. Child Prostitution: For every 75,000 victims, only 1 trafficker is convicted.
6. Child Soldiers: Child soldiers are currently active in 86 countries and territories. Approximately 300,000 children become soldiers in various conflicts around the world.
7. Disaster Relief: Natural disasters caused $200 billion in damage in 2008. 220,000 people died in natural disasters in 2008.
8. Domestic Violence: 35.5 percent of women are abused by a husband or boyfriend in households with an income of $15,000 or less per year.
9. Education: Nearly 1 billion people entered the 21st century unable to read or sign their names. Around the world more than 115 million children are not in school.
10. Foster Care: More than 500,000 children live in foster care.
11. Genocide: At least 1.5 million Cambodians died from execution, forced hardships or starvation during the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Today, over 50 percent of the population is under twenty-one. Most are forced into child labor and sex trafficking.
12. Homelessness: 44 percent of the homeless are single men, 13 percent single women, 36 percent families with children, and 7 percent unaccompanied minors.
13. Hunger/Malnutrition: 1 out of 7 people on the planet are malnourished. Nearly two-thirds of the chronically hungry live in Asia and the Pacific region.
14. Inadequate medical care: One billion people in the world lack any access to health care. In the United States, the average person spends $6,000 per year on health care.
15. Inner City: Nearly 13 million American children live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level, which is $20,000 a year for a family of four.
16. Living in a trash dump: In Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh, children sift through trash day and night to earn about 75 cents a day.
17. Mental illness: 5.7 million Americans struggle with bipolar disorder.
18. Orphans: In Africa, a child is orphaned by AIDS every 15 seconds. When orphans drop out of foster care, 60 percent of the girls turn to prostitution and 70 percent of the boys to criminal activity.
19. Pornography: The 12 to 17 age group is the largest consumer of Internet porn. Many female porn stars end up with herpes, no health care, and no jobs.
20. Prison: Around 744, 200 fathers and 65,600 mothers were held in U.S. prisons in 2007.
21. Self-mutilation: Two to three million Americans between the ages of 13 and 30 cut themselves regularly.
22. Sex trafficking: The human trafficking trade transports almost 800,000 men, women and children across international borders every year through deception, threat, and violent force.
23. Street children: An estimated 8.4 million children worldwide are forced into debt, bondage, slavery, prostitution, forced armed conflict, pornography, and other illicit activities.
24. Teen pregnancy: 4.4 million women aged 15 to 19, undergo unsafe abortions. Almost 30 percent of teen mothers under age 18 will have a second baby just 2 years after having the first.
25. Teen prostitution: 75 percent of prostitutes are under age 25. The average entry age into prostitution is 13 to 14.
26. Unwanted babies: Nearly 46 million abortions occur worldwide each year. Globally 70,000 women die every year due to improperly administered abortions.
27. War: An estimated 90 percent of global conflict-related deaths since 1990 have been civilians, and 80 percent of those have been women and children. It’s estimated that worldwide there are 30 violent conflicts taking place with more than 300,000 individuals under the age of 18 involved.
28. Water relief: Every 15 seconds a child dies from a preventable water-related disease. 1.1 billion people in developing countries have no access to clean water.
29. Widows: At the loss of a husband, especially in patriarchal societies, a woman can be completely stripped of her social status, her safety and her identity.
30. Eating disorders: An estimated 10 million females and 1 million males in the U.S. alone are afflicted with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. 95 percent of people suffering from eating disorders are between 12 and 25 years old.
“Not Forgotten: 30 Graphic portraits of social injustice.” Joyce Meyer Ministries.
Posted by: Candace
December 1st is World AIDS Day recognized by the United Nations. Over 35 million people are living with HIV around the world; 47% of those people are women. A lot of the times HIV is passed on via unprotected sex and the sharing of needles.
There is still no cure or vaccine for the disease. There is more treatment and medication now than there ever was. With more education and awareness, people aren't as afraid of people with the disease as they once were. Up until 2010, China banned all persons with HIV from travelling. In the United States up until 2009, HIV-positive people were banned from entering the country. On November 7, 1991; NBA player Magic Johnson announced that he had HIV. Director, Nelson George, documented the story in The Announcement.
The best ways to prevent AIDS and HIV is abstinence, having sex with the use of a latex condom, and not sharing needles with others.
For more information on this disease visit: WorldAIDSDay.org or HIVAware.org
To donate visit: MagicJohnson.org
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Posted by: Candace
I recently watched an ESPN film on Netflix called, "The Announcement." It's a documentary on the life of Earvin "Magic" Johnson before and after finding out that he was HIV positive. While watching, I saw a familiar name, Hydeia Broadbent. It was a clip of Magic interviewing her as a little girl. She wanted to be treated as a normal person despite having HIV. I was in tears and sent her a tweet on Twitter expressing how moved I was by both the documentary and her interview. The 27 year old replied back quickly. I had been following her for a few years on Twitter and had her as a friend on Facebook. What I admire about Hydeia and Magic is that they didn't let this disease get them down. They are activist and out educating the community about HIV and AIDS.
When I read that one of Hydeia's pills cost $750, I was floored. Someone close to me also has HIV and I really wanted to get involved in any way that I could. I wanted to find a way to give back and educate others about HIV/AIDS. I found the Magic Johnson Foundation which allows others to donate money or buy custom items such as watches and wristbands to show their support. The foundation urges people to get tested, helps with treatment, and educates others on HIV/AIDS. Magic recently visited my hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina and I'm sad that I missed the event, but hopefully I can catch another one.
According to WomensHealth.gov 1 in 5 adults and adolescents in the United States, have HIV and don't even know it. Most people with HIV have little to no symptoms, so it's best to get tested to be sure. Some symptoms are fever, headache, weight loss, and lack of energy. The best ways to protect yourself from HIV/Aids is Abstinence, using latex condoms every time you have sex, having one uninfected partner and remaining faithful, and never sharing needles.
For more information on HIV/AIDS awareness visit: TheBody.com