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The Circle :: May 2016

The Circle :: May 2016

The Circle is a monthly link-up that was born with dreams of creating a place for bloggers to get to know one another just a little bit better and to make new friends. Hosted by Kiki at ‘In It’s Time‘ on the third Wednesday of each month. This monthly link-up is a place for bloggers to share and write on a fun, light-hearted (or possibly heavy-hearted) topics.

Kiki didn’t post a topic this month; so I chose: My Favorite Charity

Armed Services YMCA

Mission:The Armed Services YMCA enhances the lives of military members and their families in spirit, mind and body through programs relevant to the unique challenges of military life.

The mission is carried out in cooperation with the military. For more than 150 years, the Armed Services YMCA has been making military life easier for our Troops and their Families. Whether they are single, married, Active, Guard or Reserve, it’s all about them and providing them a quality of life commensurate with their service to the Nation. Today, in close partnership with senior military leaders, the focus of our low/no-cost programs and services is on the young, Junior Enlisted Troops and Families, as they are the ones most in need.

The first time we lived in Alaska, I worked on our military installation at the school age program, and worked in the building that also housed the ASYMCA, and I got to see the good it gave to the kids every day.

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These are the kids of active duty military members, that need a littl more supervision before the workday is over, or they live off the installation and need a ride home; or they just want to spend more time with their friends (who didn’t at that stage?)

The program was run by a gruff, but kindhearted (cliche? Yes, but she was) older woman, who in my opinion was the backbone of the program. The staff was all incredibly child oriented and a ton of fun to work with.

This charity is rated 4 stars on Charity Navigator, and worthy of your time and money.


A Military Spouse stationed in the middle of nowhere. Emma loves to cook for her family (while dodging dirty dishes). She is blessed to be a stay at home mom with 3 kiddos. She is passionate about cloth diapering, car seat safety, breastfeeding, homeschooling, frugal living, babywearing, and her Christian faith. More Molly Messy than Susie Homemaker, she has been trying to improve her housekeeping and related skills.

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