13 Families Come Together To Just DO Something About Lawnmower Safety


Thirteen lawn mower accident families and survivors – from over ten states – gathered together in Central Florida to film a PSA about lawnmower safety.

13 kids.  11 of them amputees.

Just a small sampling of the nearly 600 that lose limbs to lawn mower accidents each year

give2Jodi and Brett Bainter organized the PSA after years of counseling other families after their son was injured in a lawn mower accident in 2004.   16 surgeries and four years later, their son, Jake lost his leg.

During the time of our accident, I was told it was a freak accident. But they continue every year,” Brett said.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in the last five years alone, nearly 17,000 children younger than 19 suffered mower-related injuries.

In 2012, Jodi published Make it Morning hoping to inspire others.   Slowly, the Bainter’s became a refuge for other lawn mower accident families.

It’s very, very hard for dads and even for me,” Brett said. “Our accident happened a long time ago, and it’s still hard. But it’s not about us. It’s about the families that came to Orlando for this, and we honestly think it’s a sense of healing for them.

The Bainter family will share their story on “Answered Prayers,” a series airing 10 p.m. Sunday’s on TLC.  Roma Downey, the “Touched by an Angel” star hosts the series and is the Executive Producer.

When we got the call [from the show] last fall, it stopped us in our tracks,” Jodi said. “We were not sure we’re interested in talking about our family.” But she added, “We had seen what prayer can do. We personally experienced it.


I felt the Bainters’ story was profoundly moving, and I believe the courage and faith of this young family will be an inspiration to others.” Downey said.

On the day of Jake’s surgery, the family met Bill Hansbury, an amputee on the side of the road, and stopped to talk to him. “If I can do it, you can do it,” Hansbury told Jake.

“We feel like our work’s not done,” Jodi said. “We have families continue to call.  I’d like to stop meeting families that way.  It’s preventable.  Keep kids in the home while operating a mower.  We want to protect kids.  We hope it will make parents think differently.IMG_0857

The group has raised over $10,000 through their giving forward fundraising campaign, https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/zn09/the-lawnmower-safety-psa-fund-limbs-matter to film and produce the PSA

To learn more, contact Jodi and Brett Bainter at 407-492-8512.  Email them at jb1@cfl.rr.com or check out their website –  www.Limbsmatter.com

Orlando SWAT Gears Up To Dine In The Dark

This Thursday, in Orlando, Florida, a unique dining experience will offer new understanding about vision loss and hunger.  dining-in-the-dark2The program, Dining in the Dark – a dinner in total darkness – was designed to offer new ways to gain greater appreciation for the gift of sight.

Last week, Just DO Something…Anything! met with the Orlando Police Department SWAT Team.  They’ve served these dinners before, and will do so again this year!  Offering guests an unforgettable experience into a world of smell, taste, sound, & texture.

Lighthouse Central Florida – Central Florida’s only private, non-profit organization offering a comprehensive range of services to people living with vision loss and blindness – is teaming up with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to help bring light on the isolation that hunger or vision loss can cause.

Click on the link below to get involved and learn more:



3 years – $1 million – & 110 Countries Later


Three years ago this month Just DO Something…Anything! was created.  At the time JDSA was just a few letters … and Social Discussion was just a blog with a catchy phrase: We have the right to remain silent.  We just choose not to …”

For two months our computer screen sat blank … a blinking black cursor in the middle of an empty white page.  The first piece we posted was an Op/Ed political story I wrote after covering the Republican National Convention in Tampa for NBC News. We thought we were starting a revolution.  But really, we were just beginning an evolution.

We weren’t political writers.  We were social storytellers.  And that’s what we set out to do – tell stories through producing video content: writing commercials and shooting PSAs, developing creative strategies and concept planning for social organizations around the world.

But with nearly 12 million nonprofits, it seemed a daunting – if not impossible task.  So we decided to connect – both ourselves and others – to some of the more unique social organizations in existence.  Everyone knows about The Gates Foundation and Amnesty International.  But how many know about Rebecca Pontius and http://dogoodbus.com? A school bus she “decked out” so as to offer once-a-month community rides to volunteers to and from great causes in her Los Angeles community.

Or Shawn Seipler’s nonprofit, https://cleantheworld.org, who, while on a business trip had an idea for soap recycling after learning the barely used bars of hotel soap he left behind ended up in a landfill.  Today, Clean the World has more than 50 full-time employees in Orlando, Las Vegas, and Hong Kong.  And they’ve distributed more than 25 million bars of soap to over 99 countries.

And we met Shannon O’Donnell, who created http://grassrootsvolunteering.org and built a dual database of organizations all over the world … helping empower travelers to connect to the causes and communities in the places they travel.

JDSA’s evolution is ongoing.  Today, we’re a 501C3 nonprofit who’s helped raise over $1 million for several unique and innovative nonprofits.  And we couldn’t have done it without you – the 30,000+ followers in over 110 countries. Thank you for turning JDSA into a verb – for JDSA’ing in the social causes you’re passionate about, and for telling us about the one’s that are making a difference in your life.

Please keep us posted on those unique organizations you come across!  In the meantime, check out a few we’ve found – from a variety of social causes.

The Pollination Project – https://thepollinationproject.org


A Gift For Teaching – http://agiftforteaching.org


Curbside Chronicle – http://thecurbsidechronicle.org/about-us/


Zebra Coalition – http://zebrayouth.org


The Prospector Theatre – http://www.prospectortheater.org


Soaring Paws – http://www.soaringpaws.com


Wildlife SOS / India – http://wildlifesos.org


To learn more about those organizations, and some of the others we’ve come across, check out our “Your Connections” tab on our web site: http://www.jdsanything.org/#!your-connections/czy8

Speech Therapy Project in Afghanistan – One of Pollination Project’s Latest Grantees


From: Pollination Project 

Wasima Shinwari an Afghan native studying Pre-Med at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York, is the founder of the Speech Therapy Project in Afghanistan, a project that will educate Afghan parents and their encompassing society on the medical facts, challenges, and remedies associated with childhood speech impediments.

As a pre-med student, Wasima has always been passionate about using her training to promote equal access to high quality medical and education services in Afghanistan, and with the help of American speech pathologist volunteers she is making her dream a reality.

Through the Speech Therapy Project, American speech pathologists will provide speech therapy training to medical students in Afghanistan via Skype. Once trained, medical students will visit different communities throughout the country searching for children with speech impediments, using their newly found skills to provide caretakers with education on speech disorders, as well as therapeutic techniques they can practice with their children at home.

Overall, Wasima hopes that her efforts will simultaneously equip a new generation of Afghan medical practitioners with treatment options for speech impediments while helping to combat stigmas associated with language disorders by educating parents and community members.

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