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Toys for Tots
Their Worthy Mission and Cause
The Toys for Tots program has provided a special way for our team to help bring smiles to children during the Christmas season. Each year, we look forward to teaming up with our patients and local community to provide Christmas gifts to children who are less fortunate. Our wish is that every child has the opportunity to experience the love of our community and the joy of Christmas! Major Bill Hendricks, a United States Marine Corps Reserve Colonel, was given the idea to start an organization that focuses entirely on collecting and distributing gifts to underprivileged children by his wife, Diane. In the fall of 1947, Diane handmade a Raggedy Ann doll and asked her husband to drop it off at an organization that would give it to a child in need. However, to their surprise, no such Christmastime organization existed. Hendricks’ wife then made the suggestion that instead of trying to find one, he should simply start one — and that’s exactly what he did. That December, Hendricks, along with other Marines within the Reserves, collected 5,000 toys and distributed them among children who were destitute. The campaign was so successful that first year that in 1948, the entirety of the Marine Corps took the program under its wing and made it a nationwide program. Ever since, Toys for Tots has experienced successful year after successful year in each state where a Marine Reserve Center is located.
Throughout October, November, and December every year, the Marines are busy collecting brand-new, unwrapped toys from across the country. Their mission remains to distribute these toys to children across America as Christmas gifts, ensuring that every child can experience the joy and wonder of Christmas Day. Our team has participated in this program for several years, and we’d like to encourage you to do the same. We ask that you consider partnering with us by purchasing a toy and dropping it off by our office by Friday, Dec. 14. “WITHIN THE PAST 70 YEARS, THE U.S. MARINE CORPS RESERVE TOYS FOR TOTS PROGRAM HAS ALLOCATED MORE THAN 400 MILLION TOYS FOR OVER 200 MILLION NEEDY CHILDREN”
Within the past 70 years, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program has allocated more than 400 million toys for over 200 million needy children. According to their official website, “This charitable endeavor has made U.S. Marines the unchallenged leaders in looking after needy children at Christmas.” Looking forward into the years to come, they hope, as many of us do, that these numbers continue to rise as people across the U.S. stand side by side with them to take up the worthy cause.
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DISCOVER YOUR ROOTS
Genealogy Activities for the Whole Family
While some parents worry about negative stories that may accompany their ancestry, many experts and historians encourage teaching children about their heritage and genealogy at a young age. Learning about their heritage and family traditions develops an important part of a child’s identity, so take the opportunity to teach your children about your family history and where those traditions come from. Gather the family together and follow these tips to teach the young’uns about the golden days.
grandparents. Then extend the tree to cousins, aunts, uncles, and great-relatives. Once they finish, have your kid present their family tree to a neighbor or their grandparent so they can teach others what they learned. TAKE A STAYCATION In today’s digital landscape, searching for ancestors and relatives is often as easy as a Google search. Visit the home country of your ancestors via Google Earth and learn more about the culture and heritage of your family’s ancestors. After taking a virtual tour of the city or town, search for recipes, games, or outfits that your family can create together. Have each kid select which one they’re interested in, and do them together! For a more in-depth tour, visit cemeteries across the world without even buying a plane ticket. BillionGraves.com is an online sharing and research site that aims to feature — just as the name would suggest — billions of grave sites around the world. BillionGraves allows users to create a digital database of cemeteries around the world by snapping a photo, uploading it, and providing some information about it. Family members can enter a relative’s name and take a virtual tour of where their long-lost ancestors lie. A quick family search with your kids may put into perspective just how far-reaching your family is. You can also provide other families with a chance to see their relatives’ grave sites by taking a
GET CRAFTY Getting crafty is a popular way to teach your kids about their heritage. This gives children an outlet for their creative energy while educating them about the intricacies of genealogy and
research. Kids can create a family tree or timeline with cardboard and construction paper. Have them start small with their own names and names of their siblings, parents, and
3 Ways to Use Leftover Candy
During the Oh-So-Sweet Holiday Season
Sometimes, we get a little too much of the sweet stuff. Between Halloween and New Year’s Day, candy is everywhere. It’s at home, at work, and on store shelves. Then, as the year comes to an end, many people start thinking about eating right and losing weight. When those are your New Year’s resolutions, you have to do something about all the leftover candy so it’s not around come Jan. 1.
Here are a few ways to get rid of your leftover candy ASAP.
DONATE IT. While you may have an abundance of sweets, not everyone does. Consider donating wrapped and packaged candy to your local food bank or other nonprofits, including local homeless or women’s shelters. You can also look into donating candy to nearby schools. Many teachers will gladly take candy off your hands to reward students (or themselves) with treats throughout the rest of the school year. BAKE WITH IT. Whether you have an excess of candy corn or candy bars, you can bake with your sweet leftovers. The next time you make chocolate chip cookies, swap out the chocolate chips for candy corn. Or the next time you make brownies, chop up leftover candy bars and add them to the batter. From peanut butter cups to
mint patties, there are so many different types of candies that can take traditional baked goods to the next level.
STORE IT. Although not great for you, candy is fine to eat in moderation. A good way to moderate your holiday treat intake is to store your leftover sweets in the freezer. That way, you can pull a little from your supply each month to make sure you aren’t overdoing it. That said, be sure to check the expiration dates on all candy you save.
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Holiday Roast Prime Rib Looking for an easy holiday roast that still feels elegant enough for the occasion? Look no further than this delicious prime rib flavored with garlic, thyme, and red wine.
trip to your local cemetery, snapping some photos, and teaching your kids about tracking genealogy with names, dates, and descriptions.
MAKE A TRADITIONAL DISH If you really want to make family history stick, eat food that represents your heritage. Everyone has memories of meals their parents or grandparents used to make, so pass on some of yours to your kids! Teach your kids how to make great-great-grandma’s famous cannoli with her original recipe, or master the shepherd’s pie that your grandfather was famous for. The kids can create a shopping list, and then you can go together to pick up the ingredients. Make the recipes together, enjoy them with neighbors or relatives, and share family stories as you do. Even better — turn the food day into a party. Guests will likely share stories of their own heritage as you break bread over hearty memories. Don’t let your inquisitive kiddo down. Family history, good or bad, is important for every child to learn. The best way to teach them boils down to your child’s personality, their likes and dislikes, and the time you have on your hands. But it’s never too early to climb that family tree. How to Make Your Benefits Count The end of the year often coincides with dental insurance benefit deadlines. If you get your insurance through your employer, it may be a good idea to review your plan and ensure you’re getting the most out of your benefits. Even if you can’t get penciled in for an appointment this late in the year, you can make a plan for next year that puts your premiums to good use. Here are some tips for making the most of your dental insurance. BE PROACTIVE Many dental plans offer full coverage for preventive care such as cleanings. Not only does this minimize your out-of-pocket contributions, but it keeps more severe (and expensive) health issues from arising. Annual cleanings are a great way to put your benefits to use while staying two steps ahead of cavities and gum disease. SCHEDULE FOLLOW-UPS There’s never a better time to schedule your next appointment than when you’re still in the chair. Talk to your doctor about your dental needs, and work with them to determine when your next appointment should be. Doing this can ensure you stay on track with your care and make the most of your dental plan. LOOK TO THE FUTURE While the window to use your 2018 benefits may be closing, you may soon have an opportunity to change or alter your existing plan. During open enrollment period, you might be able to switch to a different level of coverage within your employer’s plan or shop around for individual coverage. Talking to your dentist or orthodontist about your specific needs and risk factors can give you a better idea of the type of plan that will work best for you in the future. You work hard for your insurance and should take advantage of your benefits. Being proactive about your dental health and determining the best plan for your future needs can help you save money and get the most out of your coverage. Above all, remember that the only thing worse than being overinsured is being underinsured. • • • • • •
Inspired by Food Network
1 bone-in prime rib (6–7 pounds)
8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 cups red wine
4 cups beef stock
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1. 30 minutes before cooking, remove roast from fridge and let sit until it reaches room temperature. 2. Heat oven to 350 F. 3. Make small slits in prime rib and stuff with slices of garlic. Liberally season with salt and pepper. 4. Place a rack inside a roasting pan and roast prime rib for 2 hours, until medium-rare. 5. To make au jus, place roasting pan with drippings from roast over 2 burners on high. Add wine and scrape pan as liquid reduces. Add beef stock and cook until reduced by half. Finally, sprinkle in thyme. 6. Slice roast and serve topped with au jus.
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Inside This Issue
• Helping Those in Need page 1 • Uncover Your Heritage
• The Best Ways to Use Leftover Candy page 2
• Effective Dental Insurance Strategies
• Holiday Roast Prime Rib page 3 • Pensacola Local Events page 4
DECEMBER GOINGS ON
Music, Lights, and Bikes
What’s going on in Pensacola in December? Oh, just a few of the biggest annual celebrations, including a concert, a bike ride to give back, and thousands of glittering lights. Go see for yourself! PENSACOLA CHILDREN’S CHORUS PRESENTS ‘CHRISTMAS ON THE COAST’ Dec. 7–9 Saenger Theatre, Pensacola ONBIKES’ WINTER WONDER RIDE 2018 Dec. 15, 2018 Downtown Pensacola
A commemorative shirt, drink tickets, and swag are included with the purchase of your ticket. Tickets are available at OnBikes.org/Winter-Wonder-Ride-2018 .
FIRST CITY LIGHTS FESTIVAL Nov. 23 to Jan. 31 Downtown Pensacola
Visit the downtown Pensacola district this season, and you’ll be treated to 400,000 sparkling lights, vibrant crowds, food, music, and all the joy of the holiday season. After the Winterfest Elf Parade winds its way back downtown and comes to its conclusion on Nov. 23, a holiday lighting ceremony will kick off the First City Lights Festival. This diverse, season-long event features everything from classics like “The Nutcracker” to a pop-up opera. Come experience the holiday magic.
This is a great opportunity to have fun while giving back! OnBikes Pensacola’s Winter Wonder Ride returns for a third year to raise funds for bikes and helmets for children in need. The short, self-paced ride will take you through downtown Pensacola and end with a small festival that will include music, food, and drinks. Don’t worry if you haven’t been biking recently; this ride is for people of all skill levels. As one of OnBikes’ founders says, “People who haven’t ridden in a year come out and really enjoy it. Now, those folks are out riding all the time.”
Come experience the holiday magic at Saenger Theatre with the Pensacola Children’s Chorus’ presentation of “Christmas on the Coast.” The energetic and festive performance highlights young talent and gets everyone in the Christmas spirit. Enjoy the music and see for yourself why this show has been nominated as one of the best annual events in Pensacola. Visit PensacolaChildrensChorus.com for more information.
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