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Action Changes Things: Teaching our Kids about Community Service

4/13/2008 - 07:34 PST

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the St. Augustine's Hunger Center.

I hope to inspire young people to take action and help others in need during an April 19 benefit for St. Augustine Hunger Center. Sister Corita Ambro is scheduled to talk about hunger and the needs of the community and will give a tour of the Hunger Center. According to a recent report released by The Center for Community Solutions, the basic need for food is on the rise in Cleveland and the suburbs of Cuyahoga County at the same time that government funding is being reduced. As a surprise gesture of faith and assistance for Sister Corita, I asked invited guests to bring food to “Fill the Wagon,” just as in the Milo story. All donated items will help stock Hunger Center shelves. Due to the overwhelming response from the community, we had to "upgrade" Milo's wagon to an oversize John Deere green tractor-trailer, which will be displayed in front of St. Augustine ’s the day of the event. We contacted Gary Smolik, owner of The Tractor Place in North Royalton who generously donated this green tractor-trailer. Orlando Baking Company, Sidari's Italian Foods, St. Anthony of Padua in Parma, The Montessori School at Holy Rosary, Trinity High School,, The Fest and are all joining in to help Milo fill his "green wagon." I will autograph copies of Milo and the Green Wagon and donate $5 to the Hunger Center for every book sold. Live music will be performed by The Madison Crawl swing band and there will be giveaways from our sponsors while supplies last!

Q: In addition to Milo and the Green Wagon, and your work with, you are the founder and president of Halo Publishing. Please share about your work with Halo and authors.
As a self-published author myself, I have stories of sleepless nights, dreaming about my book. I can remember the excitement of a new idea and the fear of trying to make it happen. I can recall the thrill of holding my first copy, my first sale. Now, on my fourth book, I am able to share with authors the secret behind the legacy of authorship. With all that I have learned, I realized that I have been called not only to put forth my own mission, but also to encourage and assist others in fulfilling theirs.

Q: Are there any additional thoughts or comments you'd like to share with our readers?

I love quotes. Especially when they pass by in your life when you need them most and I found this one by an unknown author...

"No one can go back and make a brand new start. Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."

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Lisa M. Hendey, wife and mother of two sons, is and avid reader and the webmaster of numerous web sites including and Visit her at for additional information.

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