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Grandparents Say and Parents Say

National Grandparents Day ! -Sunday, September 13, 2015

by Regina Hutchings on 09/13/15

This is by Dr. Rocky Brown who remembered National Grandparents Day !


This day is so special to me because, like many of you, I was raised by my grandparents. National Grandparents Day falls each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. It's not a holiday invented to sell cards and flowers. It was initiated at the grassroots level by West Virginian Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, with the behind-the-scenes support of her husband Joseph L. McQuade. They had 15 children, 43 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. After being married for over 60 years, Mr. McQuade passed away in 2001. Mrs. McQuade passed away in 2008.??There are three purposes for National Grandparents Day:

  1. To honor grandparents.
  2. To give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children.
  3. To help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.

Mrs. McQuade wanted Grandparents Day to be a family day. She envisioned families enjoying small, private gatherings, perhaps even a family reunion, or participating in community events. ?On a societal level, National Grandparents Day gives us a chance to publicly affirm the identity and importance of grandparents, that they do play a vital role in families. It is also a day of giving – giving of self; sharing hopes, dreams, and values; and setting an example and advocating for future generations. Generations United in Washington, DC encourages all ages to engage in intergenerational civic engagement for the entire week following National Grandparents DMrs. McQuade started her campaign for a day to honor grandparents in 1970. She worked with civic, business, church, and political leaders to first launch the day in her home state in 1973. Then, after many years, much persuasion, and unending persistence, she finally achieved her bigger goal. It was in 1979 that President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the first Sunday after Labor Day each year as National Grandparents Day (September was chosen to signify the "autumn" years of life).

National Grandparents Day is an important official marker of intergenerational relationships. But increasingly, schools and community groups are organizing Grandparents Day (or Intergenerational Day) events at any time during the year as a way to bring together families and build community. Children have an opportunity to show their appreciation and love toward their grandparents (and other special older adult friends), and grandparents feel valued as their role is validated. The Legacy Project offers a complete Grandparents Day Planning & Activity Guide for schools, senior centers, and community groups. There are also a wide range of meaningful activities you can choose from to bring the generations closer and celebrate the value of intergenerational relationships.

I am what I am and who I am because of my grandparents. How about you?

Regina is raising money for a community lap top

by Regina Hutchings on 03/29/15

We are raising money for a community lap top. See link below. If you are unable to assist financially, please share the link with others. We always know someone who can help.

Hutchings Consulting and Services-Attending an event

by Regina Hutchings on 09/12/14

HCS will be attending the Circle of Influence a Networking Series on Health, Wealth & Economics. At the September 12th meeting, the focus will be on "The Future of Collaborative Development". Featured Guest Speakers are Jermaine Bromell of Better Health Network and Tracey Fisher of Gateway to Re-Entry. Following the presentations there will be live entertainment at 7:30pm. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. All are welcome.

Free Eye Glasses and Eye Examinations in Philadelphia

by Regina Hutchings on 03/22/14

Give Kids Sight Day offers free eye exams
Wills Eye Hospital, the Eagles Youth Partnership, Visionworks, Public Citizens for Children and Youth and others are sponsoring the annual Give Kids Sight Day on Saturday, April 12th beginning at 8:30am at the Hamilton Building, 1001 Locust Street on the Jefferson University campus.
More than 36,000 children in southeastern Pennsylvania don’t have health insurance. What’s worse, because of school budget cuts, nurses are not able to perform annual eye screenings which are often the lynchpin to finding out if a child needs glasses.
If needed, children will receive two free pairs of eyeglasses.

Updated Info on Hutchings Consulting & Services, LLC Launch Luncheon Party

by Regina Hutchings on 03/09/14

We have provided updated detailed information on Eventbrite. It is scheduled for Saturday, June 21, 2014. All are welcome. Free food and giveaways. We will also have a raffle. You can register at the following link.