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Dying Boy’s Last Wish Granted : A Reason to Give Thanks


Seattle, Washington – Brenden Foster spoke, and hundreds answered.

Eleven year old Brenden Foster died this day of Friday, 21 November 2008, but throughout this world he will be remembered always. His darkest hour was his brightest light. This is a story as much of his words as it is of his deeds.

His dying wish was to help the homeless. “They’re probably starving, so give ’em a chance, food and water.” It has become a national movement. He wasn’t afraid to die. He had said that he just wanted to make a difference, before his time came. And he did!

Touched by a young boy with an old soul, kind hearts answered Brenden’s urgings to feed the homeless and took part in KOMO’s Stuff the Truck food drive in honor of Brenden on Thursday.

“They’re probably starving, so give’em a chance,” he had said.

And so many did just that. In these hard financial times, many put their own needs aside to think of Brenden’s last wish.

“I’m so thankful for what I have that I just have to give,” said Joan Riley.

“He’s just a little old man in a child’s body. It’s a shame he has to go early. Very wise young man,” said Karen Blacketer.

Blacketer has little to give these days; she lost her job. But she believes in Brenden’s dream and knows the need is great. So she dug deep in her pocket and gave to those less fortunate.

And she wasn’t alone.

Lines of cars formed at Fred Meyer stores in Federal Way, Bothell and Issaquah. People donated cart after cart of groceries, boxes of food that will stock the shelves at Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline.

Local businesses jumped in as well. Schwartz Brothers Bakery donated 3,500 muffins.

We didn’t just stuff the truck; we stuffed six and a half. Generous souls helped raise more than $60,000 in cash donations. And along with the donations, many shared smiles and tears while talking about their inspiration, beloved Brenden.

Brenden was once the kid who ran the fastest, climbed the highest and dreamed of becoming a marine photographer. Leukemia took away all those things, but not his dying wish to help others.

Brenden saw TV coverage of the incredible turnout, and his family members said their sick boy was simply overjoyed amid his pain and discomfort.

“He doesn’t have much time….24, 48 hours. Course we never know. That’s up to God,” said his grandmother, Patricia McMorrow.

Brenden’s only 11 but his grandma says he’s at peace with his passing.

“He’s ready. He’s told us that the angels have come three times and he’s ready to go with them,” Pat said.

Leukemia will win this round, but Brenden wants everyone to know this is just the beginning of the good he wants to inspire.

“He tells us that when he’s an angel, he’s going to keep doing the good work,” Pat said.

He was a regular kid, who wanted to become marine photographer. Some time ago had been diagnosed with leukemia. As death was staring him in his face, its others that he was thinking about. The homeless caught Brenden’s heartfelt attention. He had said, “Well, I was getting back from one of my appointments and I saw this big thing full of homeless people and then I thought. I should just get them something.” That the country, even the world responded, he said, “I think that is great. You think that’s great?”

He had one more wish, and that was to sprinkle wildflower seeds to save the bees. He had heard that the bees were dying off. His wish was answered by a retired pilot who asked his flying friends to sprinkle wild flower seeds around the world on Brenden’s behalf.

He spoke with the wisdom of ages. Of that which made him feel sad, he had said was, “When someone gives up.” His advice was, “Follow your dreams. Don’t let anything stop you.” Asked what he thought the best things in life are, he said, “Just having one.”

If we can learn anything in this life, we can be inspired to do so by this young man.

Three years ago, doctors diagnosed Brenden with leukemia. His body may have been held back but his spirit excelled far beyond the dreams of most of us. On death, “It happens. It’s natural,” He said.

“I should be gone in a week or so”, he had said. “I had a great time. And until my time comes, I’m going to keep having a great time,” he said. I heard that he saw angels coming for him three times in the night before he left us. Then Brenden took his darkest hour and turned it into the brightest of light that truly can inspire the world.

God bless his little soul.
We all should remember Brenden this holiday season (and always) by thinking of the less fortunate. Give to you local food bank or shelter and help others in need.

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Dying Boy’s Last Wish Granted : A Reason to Give Thanks


Seattle, Washington – Brenden Foster spoke, and hundreds answered.

Eleven year old Brenden Foster died this day of Friday, 21 November 2008, but throughout this world he will be remembered always. His darkest hour was his brightest light. This is a story as much of his words as it is of his deeds.

His dying wish was to help the homeless. “They’re probably starving, so give ’em a chance, food and water.” It has become a national movement. He wasn’t afraid to die. He had said that he just wanted to make a difference, before his time came. And he did!

Touched by a young boy with an old soul, kind hearts answered Brenden’s urgings to feed the homeless and took part in KOMO’s Stuff the Truck food drive in honor of Brenden on Thursday.

“They’re probably starving, so give’em a chance,” he had said.

And so many did just that. In these hard financial times, many put their own needs aside to think of Brenden’s last wish.

“I’m so thankful for what I have that I just have to give,” said Joan Riley.

“He’s just a little old man in a child’s body. It’s a shame he has to go early. Very wise young man,” said Karen Blacketer.

Blacketer has little to give these days; she lost her job. But she believes in Brenden’s dream and knows the need is great. So she dug deep in her pocket and gave to those less fortunate.

And she wasn’t alone.

Lines of cars formed at Fred Meyer stores in Federal Way, Bothell and Issaquah. People donated cart after cart of groceries, boxes of food that will stock the shelves at Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline.

Local businesses jumped in as well. Schwartz Brothers Bakery donated 3,500 muffins.

We didn’t just stuff the truck; we stuffed six and a half. Generous souls helped raise more than $60,000 in cash donations. And along with the donations, many shared smiles and tears while talking about their inspiration, beloved Brenden.

Brenden was once the kid who ran the fastest, climbed the highest and dreamed of becoming a marine photographer. Leukemia took away all those things, but not his dying wish to help others.

Brenden saw TV coverage of the incredible turnout, and his family members said their sick boy was simply overjoyed amid his pain and discomfort.

“He doesn’t have much time….24, 48 hours. Course we never know. That’s up to God,” said his grandmother, Patricia McMorrow.

Brenden’s only 11 but his grandma says he’s at peace with his passing.

“He’s ready. He’s told us that the angels have come three times and he’s ready to go with them,” Pat said.

Leukemia will win this round, but Brenden wants everyone to know this is just the beginning of the good he wants to inspire.

“He tells us that when he’s an angel, he’s going to keep doing the good work,” Pat said.

He was a regular kid, who wanted to become marine photographer. Some time ago had been diagnosed with leukemia. As death was staring him in his face, its others that he was thinking about. The homeless caught Brenden’s heartfelt attention. He had said, “Well, I was getting back from one of my appointments and I saw this big thing full of homeless people and then I thought. I should just get them something.” That the country, even the world responded, he said, “I think that is great. You think that’s great?”

He had one more wish, and that was to sprinkle wildflower seeds to save the bees. He had heard that the bees were dying off. His wish was answered by a retired pilot who asked his flying friends to sprinkle wild flower seeds around the world on Brenden’s behalf.

He spoke with the wisdom of ages. Of that which made him feel sad, he had said was, “When someone gives up.” His advice was, “Follow your dreams. Don’t let anything stop you.” Asked what he thought the best things in life are, he said, “Just having one.”

If we can learn anything in this life, we can be inspired to do so by this young man.

Three years ago, doctors diagnosed Brenden with leukemia. His body may have been held back but his spirit excelled far beyond the dreams of most of us. On death, “It happens. It’s natural,” He said.

“I should be gone in a week or so”, he had said. “I had a great time. And until my time comes, I’m going to keep having a great time,” he said. I heard that he saw angels coming for him three times in the night before he left us. Then Brenden took his darkest hour and turned it into the brightest of light that truly can inspire the world.

God bless his little soul.
We all should remember Brenden this holiday season (and always) by thinking of the less fortunate. Give to you local food bank or shelter and help others in need.

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>President-elect Barack Obama and family volunteer at Chicago food pantry

>Saying he wanted his two daughters “to learn the importance of how fortunate they are and make sure they are giving back,” President-elect Obama and his family volunteered at a food pantry near their home on the South Side of Chicago this afternoon.

St. Columbanus Church, where President-elect Obama has volunteered before, feeds nearly 500 people a week. But he pointed out that times are particularly tough.

“The number of people who are getting food this year is up 33 percent,” he said. “It gives a sense times are tough — and I think that on Thanksgiving it’s important for us to remember there’s a need for support.”

When a group of children appeared in the window of the church’s school, President-elect Obama decided to visit the school’s auditorium, where hundreds of the school’s students quickly assembled.

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President-elect Barack Obama and family volunteer at Chicago food pantry

Saying he wanted his two daughters “to learn the importance of how fortunate they are and make sure they are giving back,” President-elect Obama and his family volunteered at a food pantry near their home on the South Side of Chicago this afternoon.

St. Columbanus Church, where President-elect Obama has volunteered before, feeds nearly 500 people a week. But he pointed out that times are particularly tough.

“The number of people who are getting food this year is up 33 percent,” he said. “It gives a sense times are tough — and I think that on Thanksgiving it’s important for us to remember there’s a need for support.”

When a group of children appeared in the window of the church’s school, President-elect Obama decided to visit the school’s auditorium, where hundreds of the school’s students quickly assembled.

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Livin’ With Ahnuld- Devouring Turkey

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Livin’ With Ahnuld- Devouring Turkey

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Holiday Humor:Things you can only say @ Thanksgiving

Top 10 things you can only say at Thanksgiving!

10. Talk about a huge breast!
9. Tying the legs together keeps the inside moist.

8. If I don’t undo my pants, I’ll burst!
7. That’s one terrific spread!
6. It’s a little dry, do you still want to eat it?
5. Just wait your turn, you’ll get some!
4. Don’t play with your meat.
3. I didn’t expect everyone to come at once!
2. How long will it take after you stick it in?

and the Number #1 thing you can only say on
Thanksgiving….

1. I’m in the mood for a little dark meat.

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Holiday Humor:Things you can only say @ Thanksgiving

Top 10 things you can only say at Thanksgiving!

10. Talk about a huge breast!
9. Tying the legs together keeps the inside moist.

8. If I don’t undo my pants, I’ll burst!
7. That’s one terrific spread!
6. It’s a little dry, do you still want to eat it?
5. Just wait your turn, you’ll get some!
4. Don’t play with your meat.
3. I didn’t expect everyone to come at once!
2. How long will it take after you stick it in?

and the Number #1 thing you can only say on
Thanksgiving….

1. I’m in the mood for a little dark meat.

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>Mater Dei students collect 5,672 pounds of food

>During this time of need for all food banks through out the area, the students of Mater Dei High School in Middletown collected 5672 pound of food to be donated to the Food Bank. Great job to all of the students and high school that participated in this effort.

This fall the Mater Dei community answered the challenge to fight hunger in Monmouth County by participating in the Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties’ annual Holiday Hunger Challenge.

The Student Activity Board’s goal was for Mater Dei students to donate 4,000 lbs. of food to the Food Bank in time for Thanksgiving.

Under the direction of Steve Sciarappa, Associate Principal, Mater Dei students and faculty have been collecting food donations for the last six weeks. On Sunday, November 23 approximately a dozen students gathered at the school and spent the morning boxing and labeling Mater Dei’s donation. In the early afternoon, a caravan from Mater Dei delivered the school’s Holiday Hunger Challenge donation to the Food Bank’s warehouse in Neptune.

After all the boxes were unloaded and weighed, Mater Dei’s donation totalled 5,672 lbs.

Many local high schools generously supported the Food Bank’s Holiday Hunger Challenge in an impressive display of what students can do to make a difference in their communities. Mater Dei’s support for the Holiday Hunger Challenge is really in a league of its own, according to the Food Bank’s website:

Biotechnology High School (250 students): 110 lbs.

Colts Neck High School (1,700 students): 684 lbs.

Freehold High School (1,425 students): 2, 737 lbs.

Jackson Liberty High School (1,425 students): 134 lbs.

Manalapan High School (2,100 students) 506 lbs

Marlboro High School (2,100 students): 485 lbs.

Mater Dei High School (400 students): 5,672 lbs.

Rumson Fair Haven High School (1,000 students): 651 lbs.

Shore Regional High School (749 students): 680 lbs.

Although Mater Dei’s enrollment is less than 5% of the total combined enrollment of these schools, its students collected almost twice as much food as they all did.

Mater Dei is extremely proud of the kindness, compassion, and generosity of our students and their families.

For more information please contact:

Ray Brush, Director of Advancement
Mater Dei High School
538 Church Street
New Monmouth, NJ 07748
Tel: 732.671.9100, extension 18
Email: rbrush@materdeihs.org

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Mater Dei students collect 5,672 pounds of food

During this time of need for all food banks through out the area, the students of Mater Dei High School in Middletown collected 5672 pound of food to be donated to the Food Bank. Great job to all of the students and high school that participated in this effort.

This fall the Mater Dei community answered the challenge to fight hunger in Monmouth County by participating in the Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties’ annual Holiday Hunger Challenge.

The Student Activity Board’s goal was for Mater Dei students to donate 4,000 lbs. of food to the Food Bank in time for Thanksgiving.

Under the direction of Steve Sciarappa, Associate Principal, Mater Dei students and faculty have been collecting food donations for the last six weeks. On Sunday, November 23 approximately a dozen students gathered at the school and spent the morning boxing and labeling Mater Dei’s donation. In the early afternoon, a caravan from Mater Dei delivered the school’s Holiday Hunger Challenge donation to the Food Bank’s warehouse in Neptune.

After all the boxes were unloaded and weighed, Mater Dei’s donation totalled 5,672 lbs.

Many local high schools generously supported the Food Bank’s Holiday Hunger Challenge in an impressive display of what students can do to make a difference in their communities. Mater Dei’s support for the Holiday Hunger Challenge is really in a league of its own, according to the Food Bank’s website:

Biotechnology High School (250 students): 110 lbs.

Colts Neck High School (1,700 students): 684 lbs.

Freehold High School (1,425 students): 2, 737 lbs.

Jackson Liberty High School (1,425 students): 134 lbs.

Manalapan High School (2,100 students) 506 lbs

Marlboro High School (2,100 students): 485 lbs.

Mater Dei High School (400 students): 5,672 lbs.

Rumson Fair Haven High School (1,000 students): 651 lbs.

Shore Regional High School (749 students): 680 lbs.

Although Mater Dei’s enrollment is less than 5% of the total combined enrollment of these schools, its students collected almost twice as much food as they all did.

Mater Dei is extremely proud of the kindness, compassion, and generosity of our students and their families.

For more information please contact:

Ray Brush, Director of Advancement
Mater Dei High School
538 Church Street
New Monmouth, NJ 07748
Tel: 732.671.9100, extension 18
Email: rbrush@materdeihs.org

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