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Planning Ahead - Four Fun-Filled Ways to Help EOD Veterans in 2017

Planning Ahead - Four Fun-Filled Ways to Help EOD Veterans in 2017

A new year brings new opportunities and new challenges. It also marks the 16th year that our nation has been at war. Many of our military remain deployed with their families left behind to hold the fort down. During these extended deployments, emergencies happen and it is important that our nonprofits fill the gaps that our government does not. One small elite branch of our military is the 7,000 members of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)/Bomb Disposal community. This profession is literally the most dangerous job in the world and like most elite military communities; the EOD community is supported by a nonprofit organization called the EOD Warrior Foundation. The mission of this foundation is to improve the quality of life for the EOD family by providing emergency financial relief, scholarship opportunities, physical, social, and emotional support.

6 Beauty Essentials for Every Girl on the Go

6 Beauty Essentials for Every Girl on the Go

Especially during the holiday months, people are on the go. They are putting in hours in the office, only to head home when the 5:00 whistle blows so they can transition to party mode with their co-workers, colleagues, and family members. Although it may seem there isn’t enough time to maintain beauty routines with all the hustle and bustle, there are some tricks of the trade that will keep every girl on the go looking refreshed and feeling just as energetic.

Alcatraz East Officially Opens for Business December 16, 2016

Alcatraz East Officially Opens for Business December 16, 2016

As the community of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge rebuild from the recent wildfires, one thing is for sure - tourism is still welcome and the community is open for business.  As many people look for a way to show their support to the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area, one important way they can do that is to still visit through the holidays, as many people do annually. Each year, the area has around 11 million visitors who visit the vacation destination, enjoying everything from hiking in the Smoky Mountains to visiting popular themed restaurants and museums.

“There are around 10,000 people who live in the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area, and tourism is their livelihood, they rely on visitors choosing the destination each year,” states Janine Vaccarello, chief operating officer for Alcatraz East, “With the opening of the Crime Museum, we have added one more fun thing that families can do when they vacation in the area.”

When a Veteran’s Family Loses Almost All to Fire, EOD Warrior Foundation Has Their Back

When a Veteran’s Family Loses Almost All to Fire, EOD Warrior Foundation Has Their Back

EOD Warrior Foundation has stepped in to help an EOD veteran’s family who lost almost everything they had in a house fire

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there were 365,000 home fires in 2015, totaling around $7 billion in damage. Most people don’t think about losing everything to a fire until it happens to them or someone they know. After losing almost everything, except for some personal items, to a home fire in August 2016, one veteran reached out to the EOD community for assistance, discovering that the organization had their back more than they could have imagined.

5 Things to Know About the EOD Warrior Foundation Scholarship Program

5 Things to Know About the EOD Warrior Foundation Scholarship Program

There are 7,000 men and women known as EOD technicians, performing the most dangerous job in our military. EOD stands for Explosive Ordnance Disposal, otherwise known as Bomb Disposal. EOD technicians are highly-trained military members serving in the Army, Marines, Navy, and Air Force and are responsible for disarming, rendering safe, and disposing of bombs. These brave men and women willingly put themselves in harms ways to protect the lives and property of others. Their service includes support to the most complex special operations missions. In current conflicts, bombs known as improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are responsible for the majority of fatalities and severe injuries to our troops.

Coin Up App Helps Holiday Shoppers Forget the Guilt, Donate Change to Charity

Coin Up App Helps Holiday Shoppers Forget the Guilt, Donate Change to Charity

The holiday season is upon us, bringing with it a frenzy of gift shopping for family and friends starting Thanksgiving weekend. In fact, according to the National Retail Federation, during the 2015 Thanksgiving weekend, there were 151 million people who shopped either in stores or online. Their spending averaged $299.60 each. What’s more, the federation estimates that holiday sales this year will reach $655.8 billion. While the focus of holiday shopping tends to be buying gifts for those who already have so much, this year many consumers can do something to feel better about their spending by rounding up the change from each transaction and donating it to those who are in need. 

How to Have Celebrity Skin this Holiday Season

How to Have Celebrity Skin this Holiday Season

If there is one thing that stands out when looking at images of celebrities, it is that they usually have flawless skin. A youthful glow, perfect complexion, and healthy-looking skin tends to be the norm on celebrities. The good news is that everyone can have that beautiful celebrity skin, even with the holiday season upon us.

“During the holiday season, people tend to slip on their healthy eating, get stressed out, and take the focus off of taking care of their largest organ – their skin,” explains Katherine Goldman, celebrity esthetician/waxologist and owner of the Stript Wax Bar. “No matter what time of year it is, there are things you should do in order to care for your skin. But it is especially important to take steps to care for your skin during the holiday season, and it’s easier than you may think.”