Make A Difference This Holiday Season: Donate to No Kid Hungry

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But, to me, it’s not because of the holiday decor, or the presents under the tree, or even all the free-flowing hot cocoa and sugar cookies. No, when the holiday season rolls around, I love to see the giving spirit that takes hold of everyone.

As someone who has made it my mission to leave a kinder, more generous footprint on the world, I am asked a lot how people can help make their own difference in their corner of the world.

Well, this holiday season, there is one simple way you can do just that, and make a profound difference in the world, and in the lives of children: donate to No Kid Hungry.

Right now, there are children in your community who are struggling with hunger, on a daily basis. These kids need someone they can count on. When you support No Kid Hungry today, that someone can be you.

In a country as wealthy as ours, there’s no reason even one child should go hungry. Yet there are millions of kids who are struggling right now. Rather than concentrating on the political question of why it’s happening, take action now, and ask one simple question, “HOW can I help?”

For every $10 dollars you donate, No Kid Hungry will provide up to 100 meals for a child who is still facing hunger. And you can help us raise enough to provide 10 million more meals for kids across America who need help.

Jeff Bridges, No Kid Hungry’s national spokesperson, says it best with this video, in which he shares a brief, powerful message about the lives of children in need, and the simple way that anyone can help.

 

As a No Kid Hungry ambassador, I took a trip to Fayetteville, Arkansas, last April, to visit the kids and staff at Owl Creek Elementary. I left forever changed, seeing – and hearing about, firsthand – the difference that No Kid Hungry is making in this school, and so many more, all over America.

With the kindergartners at Owl Creek Elementary. Their smiles and personality shined all during our breakfast together, thanks to No Kid Hungry

With the kindergartners at Owl Creek Elementary. Their smiles and personality shined all during our breakfast together, thanks to No Kid Hungry

Kristen Scott, principal of Owl Creek Elementary told me that the implementation of breakfast in the classroom, thanks to funding from No Kid Hungry, has led to a marked decrease in: 1) Kids going to the nurse’s office 2) Kids going to the sociaworker’s office because of hunger-related issues, and 3) Kids being sent to the principal’s office for disciplinary measures.

Often when we give, we aren’t able to see the tangible results that our donations make. But, through the efforts of No Kid Hungry, we will see the results, every time a kid a kid is able to focus while taking a test, thanks to breakfast in the classroom. We will see the results when kids graduate high school, because studies have shown that children who eat breakfast are more likely to do so. And, we will see results every time a kid goes to school, with completed homework in hand, because his/her belly was full, and was able to concentrate, while studying at home.

You can be the difference that produces such results.

Give from the heart this holiday season, and give what you can.

Give from the heart this holiday season, and give what you can.

Please give whatever you can this holiday season.

They’re counting on you.

xoxo,
Dawn

*For more info on how you can donatehost a bake sale, attend a No Kid Hungry fundraising culinary event, or get involved with No Kid Hungry, please visit the No Kid Hungry site.

Good News: I’m proud to announce that I’m the Official Spokesperson of Unite4Good

 

I'm so proud to announce that I am the new official spokesperson of u4g!! I feel like Glinda, as I now officially get to encourage people to live kinder lives.

I’m so proud to announce that I am the new official spokesperson of u4g!! I feel like Glinda, as I now officially get to encourage people to live kinder lives.

Today on this Giving Tuesday, as I prepare to attend the UNICEF Snowflake Ball here in New York tonight, I am proud & honored to announce that I have been asked to be the official spokesperson for Unite4Good.

Unite4Good is an organization that encourages all people, brands, businesses and celebrities to do good, thus leaving a kinder footprint on the earth, due to their passions, actions and efforts.

So much exciting news ahead with these guys, but for now, I just have to say, that my dream of becoming Glinda the good witch has finally come true in a way, as I now get to officially encourage people to be kind, and reward them for doing so! 🙌 🙌

I’m so excited to take this journey of kindness and goodness with you all!

#unite4good

Yours kindly,
Dawn

This is not just a pen.

Seems mighty appropriate to be signing contracts – for a big announcement I’ll be making in the coming weeks – with this here pen.

This is not just a pen. It's a sign of women stepping into their power. And…my, how it sparkles!

This is not just a pen. It’s a sign of women stepping into their power. And…my, how it sparkles!

This Swarovski pen was a gift 4 years ago from my former boss, Barbra Streisand. I brought it along with me today, specifically to sign these contracts, because of the woman from whom it was given.

I learned so much about how to conduct business in Hollywood, how to treat people, and how to give back, thanks to her, and her assistant, Renata.

I learned that the biggest dreams do come true if: “You feel it. You see it. You understand it. You say it. You do it. You make it happen,” as Barbra once said.

I am so thankful for every job I have had that has brought me to this place, every lesson I have learned, every opportunity given to me, every act of kindness extended, and every powerful woman, who has taught me how to step into my own power.

xoxo,
Dawn

Honored To Attend: The 2015 No Kid Hungry Heroes Dinner in Beverly Hills

Never prouder than when I get to stand as an ambassador with my No Kid Hungry family.

Never prouder than when I get to stand up against childhood hunger, as an ambassador for No Kid Hungry

Never prouder than when I get to stand up against childhood hunger, as an ambassador for No Kid Hungry

Tonight, I got the honor of getting to taste many a fancy food from many a fancy LA restaurant at the fancy Four Seasons in the fancy city of Beverly Hills, being seated next to many fancy people.

But the real honor was getting to join No Kid Hungry in Arkansas in April, where I had the opportunity to learn all about the efficacy & impact of breakfast in schools. I learned that when breakfast is served in schools in the classroom, visits to the nurse’s office, visits from social welfare and absences are reduced by 75%. SEVENTY FIVE PERCENT!! 

I don’t know about you, but when I’m hungry, I can’t even function, let alone learn what I’m being told to learn and be civil. Thank you, No Kid Hungry for keeping our kids fed so that they can be fueled so that they can flourish. Love & appreciate you, Shore family & Share Our Strength.

I’m doing this for my father, who grew up in a home with teen parents in Eagletown, Oklahoma, who often went to school with his belly empty, and was helped to get that belly and mind full, by many a kind stranger, so that he could later go on to graduate high school and college, armed with a dream, to become a success story in Dallas, Texas.

Breakfast – and kind souls – makes dreams dreams come true.

Period.

Be that kind soul.

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Photo ℅ David Livingston/Getty Images

Photo ℅ David Livingston/Getty Images

 

xoxo,
Dawn

Being kind makes all the difference…

A little act of kidness can make a BIG difference in someone's day

A little act of kidness can make a BIG difference in someone’s day

I have found that being kind makes all the difference, and a little forethought can unexpectedly improve someone else’s day exponentially.

Thus, early morning Halloween cupcakes to the studio for another Hampton Inn voiceover session.

Thanks, Magnolia Bakery for always having me covered when I can’t find time to bake. Let’s make this week a sweet one, y’all!

What you are close to…is reflected by you…is who you are

Honoree Oprah Winfrey at the Variety Power of Women luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire, Friday, October 9th, 2015

Honoree Oprah Winfrey at the Variety Power of Women luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire, Friday, October 9th, 2015

This picture may be fuzzy, but my memory of it will not be. I had someone I worked with recently tell me that they didn’t follow me on social media, because seeing what I was doing made them feel like they should be doing that, and made them feel inadequate.

As much as this hurt my heart to hear, I felt that it was an excellent learning experience for both of us. I told them that rather than viewing it as something they’re not getting to do now, to view it as something they can – and will – do in the near future, if they so want it, and work hard for it.

I have always believed that when those feelings of jealousy and inadequacy come up for us (and they do come up for us all), that instead of viewing them as challenges or roadblocks, we should see them as reflections – reflections of who we are, what we can do, and who we can become.
What you are close to…is reflected by you…is who you are.

As I sat there in awe yesterday at the @Unite4Good table at the Variety‪#‎PowerOfWomen‬ luncheon, looking at & listening to one of the people that I most want to be like – Oprah Winfrey – I realized that the closer I get, the shinier that reflection is, and the bigger and more realistic my dreams become.

As I told Dress for Success Worldwide – West a few months ago, “Rather than seeing things as a ‘have vs. have not,’ situation, I view everyone else’s success as a direct reflection of my own success. Their dreams coming true are a reflection of my dreams coming true. And, the hard work they’ve put in as the reflection of the work I have yet to do.”

Never has this been more clear than hearing this truly powerful woman share her story. Thanks, Oprah, for inspiring us all, and letting us reflect your light.