INTERNATIONAL RED SNEAKERS DAY
Each year on May 20th, International Red Sneakers Day marks a growing movement with a mission to save the lives of those with food allergies while also sharing the story and memory of a boy who loved red sneakers.
Food allergies come in many forms. While one person’s body will have a deadly reaction to nuts, another’s allergy will be shellfish. The common issue is that both are life-threatening conditions. International Red Sneakers Day promotes improved awareness of all food allergies and support for those who have them.
Energetic and athletic 11-year-old Oakley Debbs inspired the observance. He had a tree nut and peanut allergy, and he loved red sneakers. Sadly, he is also a testament that allergens kill. In November of 2016, Oakley died after eating a slice of cake made with walnut extract.
If you have a food allergy and go into anaphylaxis, give yourself epinephrine immediately and call 911.
The international initiative aims to raise awareness in support of all those with food allergies. Some of the goals include:
- Education and Awareness – Speak with your physicians about the proper administration of epinephrine when anaphylaxis occurs and carrying two auto-injectors.
- Raise Awareness – Involve your community in campaigns and outreach. Include coaches, teachers, coworkers, and family members.
- Advocacy – Improve access to care from diagnosis to treatment. Write to state and federal legislatures for support.
- Allergy-conscious Cooking – Make it easier for those with allergies to identify safe foods. Support easy-to-read labels and food protocols in restaurants.
Anaphylaxis is a frightening and deadly condition. Take steps to make a difference in your life or that of a loved one.
HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalRedSneakersDay
Wear your #RedSneakersForOakley to show your support for those with food allergies! You’ll also be joining a growing movement that has already saved lives. It’s simple. Please take a picture of yourself wearing your red sneakers, tag @redsneakersforoakley or @oakley_red, and post it on social media. You only need to read the testimonials on the Red Sneakers for Oakley website to know how powerful the movement is and how many lives a day like this can save.
Do you have a story to share? You might save a life. Use the hashtags #RedSneakersForOakley #InternationalRedSneakersDay.
Visit their website at RedSneakers.org for food allergy resources, read Oakley’s entire story, and of course, wear red sneakers.
INTERNATIONAL RED SNEAKERS DAY HISTORY
Red Sneakers for Oakley™, a nonprofit 501c3, founded International Red Sneakers Day in 2018, after Oakley Debb’s November 2016 fatal reaction to nuts. Oakley’s parents, Merrill and Robert Debbs, launched Red Sneakers for Oakley to prevent other families from facing the same tragedy. Central to the organization’s theme are Oakley’s red sneakers, carrying food allergy awareness messages all over the world and in multiple languages.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed International Red Sneakers Day to be observed annually in 2021.
NATIONAL BE A MILLIONAIRE DAY
National Be a Millionaire Day on May 20th each year celebrates the idea of being a millionaire. Very few of us haven’t imagined what it would be like to be a millionaire. If you happen to be one of the few, this holiday is for you. And also for those of us who like to imagine spending millions.
National Be a Millionaire Day is also a day to start taking steps to turn dreams into reality by making plans for your future. Following is a few helpful suggestions to get you started:
- Start a savings account. If you have an existing savings account, review it to make sure you are earning the maximum interest available. Increase the deposits into your savings account.
- Review your financial portfolio with a trusted expert.
- Review your investments – Look at ways of improving your investments.
- Add to your 401K – If you do not have one, start one.
- Pay off your credit card.
- Review your spending habits. Find ways to spend less and save more.
A million dollars today may not be what it used to be, however, having one million dollars in your bank account is still a major financial success.
HOW TO OBSERVE #BeAMillionaireDay
Imagine what it would be like to be a millionaire. And then, gently bring yourself back to reality. Use #BeAMillionaireDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL BE A MILLIONAIRE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this windfall holiday.
NATIONAL RESCUE DOG DAY
On May 20th, National Rescue Dog Day recognizes all the benefits of allowing a four-legged canine to adopt you into their immeasurably lovable life.
According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year. When these abandoned and abused animals find their way to a shelter, each one needs a forever home and their potential is limitless. They’re rescue dogs.
No matter their size, color, or breed, dogs will find a way to nuzzle, fetch, or beg their way into your heart. You will find it hard not to scratch one behind the ear.
Rescue dogs often overcome extreme obstacles. And yet, they provide comfort, security, and friendship as family pets. Rescue dogs are also capable of much more. With training, they contribute to the independence of people with disabilities as service animals and give comfort to the elderly. In these circumstances, they become our eyes, ears, or legs as well as our best friend.
Rescue dogs provide a variety of therapeutic benefits, too. Children, teens, and adults with autism may benefit from services provided by trained rescue dogs. As emotional support companions, rescue dogs help to relieve anxiety, depression, and PTSD among the military or those who suffer from mental illness.
They make excellent teachers, too. Rescue dogs show children about caring and kindness. Rescue dogs can even be trained to rescue us from dangerous situations or help to investigate the cause of a fire.
When it comes to four-legged friends, they improve the human condition by leaps and bounds, barks, and yips. It is hard to imagine a more helpful, worthy companion. It’s time to give them a treat!
Get involved in the lives of rescue dogs. There are a variety of ways to share puppy love.
- Volunteer at your local shelter. Taking dogs for walks, grooming, and giving them plenty of affection improves their socialization.
- Shelters always need donations. Financial donations are always welcome. Most shelters have a list of constant needs, such as blankets, bleach, toys, treats, and leashes.
- If there is room in your life for a rescue dog, consider adoption and giving one a forever home.
- Consider fostering. Many dogs abandoned in shelters require some medical care or rehabilitation in a home setting before an adoption can take place.
- Remember to spay and neuter your pets. Overpopulation is the number one reason shelters exist.
Is there a rescue dog in your life? Share your rescue dog stories and use #NationalRescueDogDay on social media.
NATIONAL RESCUE DOG DAY HISTORY
Tails That Teach founded National Rescue Dog Day on May 20 to honor the inspiring ways rescue dogs become a part of the human family. The day also increases awareness about the number of dogs in shelters. Given a chance, they fill their forever homes with unconditional love and unabandoned joy with every belly rub.
Lisa Wiehebrink, author and founder of Tails That Teach, wrote Love Me Gently; A Kid’s Guide for Man’s Best Friend, inspired by Cooper, her rescue dog from a Los Angeles shelter.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Rescue Dog Day to be observed annually beginning in 2018.
NATIONAL PICK STRAWBERRIES DAY
Every May 20th, National Pick Strawberries Day encourages us to pick some strawberries. Right about this time of year, they start coming into season. And there is just something special about the taste of a sun-warmed strawberry picked straight off of the vine.
Strawberry picking time is usually between late April and throughout the summer, depending on what part of the United States you live. When harvesting strawberries, you want to look for the bright red, firm, and plump ones.
- Strawberries are members of the rose family
- They are the only fruit with their seeds on the outside
- Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C
- Like most berries, they are low-fat, low in calories and a good source of fiber, folic acid, and potassium
- Strawberries help can help fight bad cholesterol and may reduce inflammation
- The first strawberries were grown in France in the late 18th century. Prior to the 18th century, wild strawberries were collected and commonly used as a fruit source.
Strawberries are best fresh, but they also make delicious desserts. We’re thinking about strawberry shortcakes or adding them to homemade yogurt and fresh jams.
HOW TO OBSERVE #PickStrawberriesDay
Celebrating this day involves picking strawberries! If you’re looking for a pick-your-own farm, check out this website to find one near you. Then make plans for a fun, family outing to collect strawberries in the warm sunshine. You can also plan to plant strawberries in your garden. That will guarantee some freshly picked strawberries in the years to come. Use #PickStrawberriesDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL PICK STRAWBERRIES DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues picking through information to find the source of National Pick Strawberries Day.
NATIONAL QUICHE LORRAINE DAY
On May 20th, National Quiche Lorraine Day celebrates a French dish served for just about any meal of the day.
Quiche Lorraine is believed to have originated in the rural Lorraine region of France. While it’s considered a French dish, it developed during a time when the Lorraine Region was under German rule. Even the word Quiche comes from the German word kuchen meaning cake. The Lorraine region of France is also known for many other delicious dishes such as madeleines, Jordon almonds, macarons, and Lorraine hotpot. Of course, the area is also known for its viticulture.
The original Quiche Lorraine consisted of an open pie made using a bottom crust with a filling of custard and smoked bacon. A cast-iron skillet was used to cook the original Quiche. The cheese was added to the recipe at a much later time.
Since Quiche Lorraine is so versatile, it makes an excellent dish for any meal. Add fresh fruit at breakfast and brunch. It’s delicious with a light salad during lunch with iced tea. Serve it with soup or steamed vegetables for an evening meal. You won’t be disappointed.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalQuicheLorraineDay
On National Quiche Lorraine Day, create a memorable meal. It will be one worth celebrating! Quiche fits into any lifestyle, so while you prepare one, make two! Freeze one for a later celebration or give it away to a neighbor or friend. Now that’s a dish worth celebrating!
Do you have a favorite recipe? If not, enjoy this Quiche Lorraine recipe. Use #QuicheLorraineDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL QUICHE LORRAINE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this food holiday.
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Recipe of the Day
Peanut Butter BBQ Chicken Pizza
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 10-12 minutes
Total Prep: About 40 minutes
Serves 4 (with 2 slices each)
1 package pizza crust
1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
2 green onions, chopped
8 oz. mozzarella cheese
Prepare packaged crust according to package directions.
Combine peanut butter with 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce and mix thoroughly.
Spread over the prepared and partially-baked crust.
Add chopped rotisserie chicken, green onions, and mozzarella cheese.
Bake 10-12 minutes until cheese begins to turn golden.
Dolley Madison – 1768
The 4th First Lady of the United States became one of the country’s most loved first ladies. She also molded the first lady’s role, setting examples many generations of first ladies would follow.
Tom Smith – 1878
The American horse trainer is best known for training the 1938 horse of the year, Seabiscuit.
James Stewart – 1908
The American actor continues to be a perennial favorite thanks to the holiday film It’s a Wonderful Life. However, the versatile actor’s career spanned 56 years is known for his roles in other classic films such as Rear Window, Vertigo, Harvey, A Philadelphia Story and many more.
Cher – 1946
The award-winning American singer and actress debuted in 1965 as a folk-pop singer. She swiftly rose to stardom alongside Sonny Bono. They released the chart hit “I Got You Babe” in 1965. Cher also earned critical acclaim in films such as Moonstruck, Mamma Mia!, Burlesque and Mask.
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – 1959
The Hawaiian singer-songwriter is best known for his version of the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
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