Have you heard of JOLLY TIME® Pop Corn? I’m sure you have, but just in case, JOLLY TIME® is America’s first-ever brand of popcorn and has been popping up fun ever since 1914. The American Pop Corn Company is family owned and operated, and plants NO genetically modified organism seed. Their pop corn is peanut and tree nut free and even earned the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval back in 1925. (FYI – this recognition still stands today!)
Being sisters, we love hearing about successful family-run companies — especially when they believe in the importance of being charitable too, which is how we came to work with JOLLY TIME® Pop Corn in the first place. Today marks the start of their grassroots campaign, Kernels of Kindness, and we are so excited to share it with all of you.
JOLLY TIME® Pop Corn will award 100, $1,000 grants to people and organizations around the country who bring joy and happiness to others by doing good in the community. How fantastic is that? And, if you’re like us, you’re lucky to know several people worthy of such a grant and we encourage you to nominate them here.
As to who we’ll be nominating, well we’re putting our vote behind someone who believes in the same things we do.
- That every child deserve a chance at happiness.
- That, as parents, it’s our job to help our children be the best that they can be.
- That if we work alongside medical professionals, educators and politicians, we can ensure that every child gets the best care, services and supports that they can, so that they can lead happy and healthy lives.
- That all it takes is one person to make a difference.
And we’re really blessed to know some pretty fantastic children’s rights advocates right here in our very own communities. But if you have any connection to the children’s mental health world on Long Island, you can probably guess who I’m about to mention. We’re nominating Eileen Kadletz, from Long Island Families Together, for the Kernels of Kindness grant. Eileen is a wife, mother, sister, friend, co-worker…and so much more to so many people in our communities.
As the Mother of four (yes, four!) adopted children from Russia, and a new Grandmother, Eileen is also a tireless advocate for children’s mental health. With a passion for educating families and professionals about trauma, therapeutic parenting and adoption, Eileen goes above and beyond the call of duty each and every day.
She is not just a co-worker. She is my friend. And when we share stories about our families, our struggles, our triumphs, our goals — my eyes often well up with tears. For in all honesty, I have never met another person like Eileen in my entire life. A very spiritual woman who gives so unselfishly to all who come into her path, she is the true meaning of a “Universal Mother”. For even when she’s struggling with her own personal needs, she is still there to always lend an ear, a hug, or verbal reassurance that you’re not alone.
I have no idea how Eileen manages to do it all, but let’s just say, she’s a pretty amazing person. I could talk about Eileen for hours, but she’d probably be mortified – so here’s a quick list of some of the reasons we think she’s so inspiring:
- she adopted and raised four children from Russia with her husband,
- she started an Adoption Support Group for Long Island families (see her adoption story in Adoptive Families Magazine about her first two children: From Russia, With Love—Again),
- she organizes an incredibly well-attended Legislative Breakfast each year,
- she’s a new Grandmother,
- she conducts weeks-long parenting workshops to help families on Long Island (currently, she’s taking families through the very popular Beyond Consequences series — and she’s getting trained in Simplicity Parenting next)
- and, she’s always coming up with even more ways to do good for families in need on Long Island.
The funny thing is, she’s also incredibly humble and never toots her own horn. That’s why she has us – toot toot!! So with much love in our hearts, we are nominating Eileen Kadletz for the Kernels of Kindness™ Campaign and we encourage you to vote for her at jollytime.com/kernelsofkindness. (Or, nominate someone equally worthy for this fantastic grant opportunity.)
Make a difference and nominate someone today,