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Monday can be a difficult day to get back into the swing of things, after a weekend away from work.  But we’ll be here at Pixel Entertainment to get you motivated!  Over the past week, you’d be surprised about all the good things happening that you didn’t know about.  Get some inspiration from these impressive people and groups.  Hopefully, it will make your Monday a little easier.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Many people, including the First Family, took the opportunity today and over the weekend to donate a day to volunteer service in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.  Check it out!

Volunteer Spirit: For Day of Service, the First Family Joins Thousands of Others

Joined by his wife, Michelle, the President helped stain a bookcase at Burrville Elementary School in Northeast Washington, while Vice President Joseph R. Biden and his wife, Jill, helped assembled care packages at the DC Armory that were destined for first responders and members of the military.

The Bidens helped volunteers to assemble a goal of 100,000 care packages, each with a personal note from a volunteer.  How cool!

Volunteer as a Family on MLK Day

Fredericksburg, VA, writer Amy Umble shares some great ideas for volunteering as a family on MLK Day.  But don’t worry if you missed the day!  Organizations would be happy for your help all year round!

Make snack bags. Decorate brown paper bags with stickers, markers and crayons. Fill each bag with a granola bar, a 100% juice box and a fruit cup. Donate the snack bags to a food pantry, so they can give them to families. While you make the bags, talk to your children about childhood hunger; they might be surprised to know that almost 17 million American children live in a family that doesn’t know where the next meal will come from.

My Talent + My Heart = My Superpower!

Team in Training Cyclists Begin Training Season, Jan. 26, in Chatham

Cyclists in New Jersey are combining their passion for biking and their heart to eliminate cancer and leukemia to create their superpower.  And it doesn’t matter if you’re new to cycling or an old pro.

When Rutgers biologist, Bob O’Hagan, got involved with training in 2008, he had never ridden more than 10 miles. After losing three relatives to blood cancers, he saw training as a way to help.

“I am excited to be involved in this opportunity to do good for myself by getting fit, and to do good for my community by funding groundbreaking cancer research and patient assistance programs by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. One thing that makes training with TNT great is the inspiration you get from the dedicated TNT coaches and other participants. As we pedal over many miles, we share stories of courage, survival, and hope,” he said.

Organization to Honor Area Philanthropists at Ceremony Feb. 14 in Austin

Meet Brody Roush, who first got interested in making a difference in fourth grade, when he helped gather 700 pairs of basketball shoes for kids in Africa through a program called Hoops for Hope.  He continued it later, when he got into baseball.  Helping his father coach a team, he noticed that many kids didn’t have the necessary equipment.  So he donated his old equipment to them.  But it didn’t stop there!  He asked his friends to donate their old equipment, and had sales to raise money to buy even more!  Now 17, Brody has started his own non-profit, Beyond the Bases.

“I noticed that a bunch of the kids didn’t have the essentials—a bat, glove, helmet, things like that. I had tons of stuff packed away in my garage that I’m not using,” Brody said. “I went home and got the equipment I had and gave it to these kids. And I thought, ‘I’ve met so many people over the years. They’ve got to have stuff in their garage, too.’”

I feel better already…how about you?