The 5th Annual Theisen’s Stuff the Truck event to benefit Marine Corps Toys For Tots was held December 6th and 7th at Theisen’s in Dubuque and Dyersville. Between this event and the generous donation and grant support during the year, Theisen’s is the single largest local supporter of the Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Program.
Every year since 1946, the Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Programs has brought the hope and joy of the holiday season to millions of children and families across America, and Dubuque is once again proud to be a strong part of that effort, recognized annually as one of the top performing local campaigns in in America among over 700 sites. The goal is to fully support the needs of nearly 5,000 children in Dubuque County, IA, Clayton County IA, Grant County, WI, and Jo Daviess County, IL.
Locally, Toys For Tots serves children and families through the many agencies that serve those families year round including the Salvation Army, the Dept. of Human Services, Project Concert, Operation New View, Veterans Affairs, the Grand County Holiday Project and more, but does not serve families directly.
In addition to granting the wishes of children at Christmas, Toys For Tots in Dubuque also supports many other efforts throughout the year including Summer Reading Programs at all area libraries, the Make A Wish Foundation annual Gala, The Dubuque Kids Expo, National Night Out, Jingle Bell Hop and the group has donated nearly 30,000 books to area schools in 2014.
Thank you to everyone who participated and donated to make this a successful event!
The holiday season is starting off especially bright for 143 nonprofits in Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto store communities.
The sixth annual Theisen’s More for Your Community grant awards were announced today by Theisen’s President Jim Theisen. “With these grants of $208,588, we are simply giving back to our community and the people we serve,” said Theisen. “We are so proud to support these nonprofit organizations as they provide food, shelter, healthcare, safety and education to children and families in and near to our store communities.”
The corporate giving program is a partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque (CFGD). CFGD President and CEO Nancy Van Milligen said, “The most immediate and important needs of families and children were expressed in the 247 applications we received. The review process included a focus on meeting the most basic and urgent needs of children and families in a wide region from Dubuque to Iowa Falls and the 18 Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto store communities in between.”
Successful grant applications included evidence of project dollars directly reaching children, strong local matches, and opportunities for those served to give back to the community. Theisen, together with his sons Chris and Tony, makes annual grant site visits to learn about successful projects and encourage nonprofit leaders on the front lines serving vulnerable families and kids in the region.
Visit www.dbqfoundation.org/theisens to learn more about the Theisen’s More for Your Community Grant Program. The next funding cycle will open in May, of 2015.
View the entire list of grant winners here: https://dbqfoundation.box.com/s/50fqpy0pysgquposwbd1
Theisen’s More for Your Community Grant Program is made possible through a partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. Learn more about www.dbqfoundation.org.
LAUNDRY SOAP POWDER
Makes 24 tablespoons
Average cost about 5 cents a tablespoon!
- 2/3 bar Fels-Naptha Soap
- 1/2 cup Borax
- 1/2 cup Washing Soda
LAUNDRY SOAP LIQUID
Makes 64 loads
Average cost about 1 cent a load!
- 1/3 bar Fels-Naptha Soap
- 1/2 cup Borax
- 1/2 cup Washing Soda
- 2 gallons Water (32 cups)
By Don & Lillian Stokes (12/1/2014)
|When winter comes, be on the lookout for a special group of birds visiting your feeders. This group is the Finches. They breed mostly in the far North and move down into the lower 48 states when their food is scarce, although American Goldfinches can be found all year in much of the country. Finches eat mostly seeds, so they like weedy fields and are good candidates to appear at your winter feeder for sunflower and thistle seeds. They are small birds with short conical beaks and short well-notched tails. They are usually in flocks, have strongly undulating flight paths, and give twittering calls while aloft. Their flock size can vary from a few birds to hundreds.|
Most Common Finches:
|Purple Finch — this is a large-headed, broad-necked, short-tailed finch that is a fairly common winter visitor to the eastern half of the US and along the West Coast. The male is strongly reddish on the head and body while the female is streaked white and brown and has a thick white eyebrow. One of the Purple Finch’s common calls is a distinctive sharp flat “pik.”|
|Common Redpoll — the Common Redpoll nests very far north and winters mostly in S. CAN; but in certain years may show up at feeders in northern states. It is a small, deep-bellied bird with a small head and very short stubby conical bill. It has a red patch on its forehead and a black patch on its chin; the male’s breast is suffused with red while the female’s is streaked brown over white. You may have just a few at your feeder or as many as 50–100! A common call is an ascending scratchy “jeeyeet.”|
|American Goldfinch — these generally yellow finches live year-round in the northern half of the US and migrate down into the southern states in winter. They are unmistakable in summer with their bright yellow body, dark wings, white wing bars, and orange bill. In winter, they are more drab with grayish to brownish body, dark bill, and variable amounts of pale yellow on the chin. Because of their dull winter plumage, some people mistakenly think that they do not have any Goldfinches at their winter feeder. A typical call in flight sounds like “potato chip, potato chip.”|
|Evening Grosbeak — aptly named, this large finch has a huge deep-based conical bill, well-suited to cracking open large seeds like sunflower. This bill is pale greenish in spring and summer and paler in winter. Both sexes have white patches on their black wings, seen in flight. The male’s body is a deep yellow and he has a dark head with bright yellow eyebrow; the female has a gray head and back separated by a dull yellowish collar. The calls of Evening Grosbeaks have been likened to the sound of old fashioned sleigh bells.|
|Pine Siskin — the Pine Siskin is a slim finch with a small head and fine-pointed bill. At first you might overlook this rather drab streaked brown bird until it opens its wings and reveals a bright yellow streak. It has a distinctive ascending buzz call that sounds like steam from a boiling tea kettle — “zzzeeet.” Siskins can be in flocks from a few birds to a hundred or more and they are as likely to feed at your feeders as on the ground beneath, cleaning up fallen seed bits.|
Here is how to attract finches:
1. The favorite seeds of finches are black oil sunflower which they prefer even more without the shell, thistle (Nyjer) seed and finch mixes which contain small seeds like thistle (Nyjer) and millet.
2. Offer black oil sunflower in Stokes Select sunflower tube feeders, Stokes Select Large, Medium and Small Hopper feeders, Stokes Select 3 in 1 Platform and Red Platform feeders and Stokes Select Sunflower Screen, Mini Seed Screen and Giant Combo feeders.
3. Offer thistle (also called Nyjer, it is an imported seed and not from our wildflower) and finch mixes, which are all tiny seeds, in finch tube feeders. Finch tubes have very small holes, which contain and disperse the finch seeds without having the seeds spill out. Do not offer finch seeds in regular sunflower feeders which have large holes because the finch seeds will spill out! Put finch seeds in Stokes Select Jumbo Finch Feeder, Stokes Select Thistle Tube Feeder, Finch Tube Feeders and Finch Screen Feeder.
4. Finches are flock oriented birds so they will be more attracted to your yard if you have space for lots of birds to feed. Put up multiple feeders mounted on Stokes Select Bird Feeder Poles.5. Finches like to drink water. Provide clean water in bird baths or in Stokes Select Drink'N'Bathe Water Feeder.
© Don and Lillian Stokes, 2014