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Moxie’s Coat Drive 2011

December 21, 2011 • Paige

My first coat drive in 2010 was a great experience. With very little planning and no experience, I collected 25 warm coats in 5 days.  I only visited the offices within the same building where I work.   That was nice, but I had an entire year to plan my next coat drive.  This year I enlisted Cognito and Servo to help.

Because this was my second coat drive, everyone I know was already familiar with what I was doing, and donations came from every direction.  We had to devote a 4′ X 4′ area in our house to hold donations throughout the year.
I learned of a huge rummage sale happening at a church near my house.  I asked the organizers if I could have the coats, clothes, and blankets that were left over for my coat drive – and they were GLAD to let me haul off anything I wanted to take. WONDERFUL!!  You never know, until you ask.



It took Cognito and Servo two trips with our truck to get all of this stuff to the rescue mission. I had some more last minute donations that are not in this photo, so it was a total of 18 bags of quality coats, clothes, and shoes in all sizes. The “donations corner” in my house was finally empty, but it never stays that way for long.

Moxie is co-Founder of the Louisiana Initiative, and a regular contributor for S.T.A.N.D.

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Simply Oblivious by Moxie Gusto

December 5, 2011 • Paige

The moment a cell phone chirps, it’s attended to no matter what else is going on. Text messages, tweets, and status updates are a steady stream of someone else’s thoughts pushing yours to the background; a constant drip of distractions that take your attention away from whatever is happening at that moment, be it dinner with the family, business, or driving!

I miss the days when ‘the phone’ was at home and people attended to messages after returning home.  Nobody freaked out if you didn’t return their call within an hour or two, but try not answering your cell phone now!  Don’t get me wrong: I have a cell phone.  It is sturdy and reliable and serves me well.  It doesn’t text, it doesn’t Facebook, and it doesn’t take precedence over my real life.

It is very uncommon to see anyone without his or her eyes glued to a little screen, totally oblivious to what is going on around them. Can you imagine how often a person engrossed in their cell phone gets short changed or over charged because their attention is not on the business transaction happening at that moment?

Not only is keeping your attention on your cell phone rude, it’s dangerous. I’m sure almost everyone reading this has seen the mall security footage of the woman who falls into a fountain because she was walking along attending to her cell phone.  Now, imagine the same woman walking to her car at 10PM in a dark parking lot.  She would fail to notice any sign of danger and her cell phone will be no help to her.

Observation and attentiveness are the foundation of personal safety. Pay attention to your surroundings. Almost everyone fails right there at step 1.  If you aren’t paying attention, all the ninja training in the world is not going to save your skin or help you save anyone else.

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