Blog

Jan
26

New Life for Discarded Vests

Life vests are one of the lasting symbols of Europe’s refugee crisis. While they enable people to flee dangerous conditions they can overwhelm a town or village upon their arrival, where beaches become a dumping ground for … Read More »


Jan
11

Trash Talk

Kamikatsu, Japan is a town of 1,700 located in southeastern part of the country. In 2003, due to the adverse effects of incinerating garbage, the residents adopted a mandatory recycling program that includes washing, cleaning, and sorting their trash … Read More »


Dec
2

A (Very) Big Give

This past Saturday was quite a day for the Salvation Army, and for one bell-ringer in particular. A Minnesota couple casually dropped a check for $500,000 into the red kettle at the Cub Foods in Rosemont and then … Read More »


Nov
16

In Performance: Sisaundra Lewis

One in an Occasional Series. Music, the universal language, can move and inspire people in a special way. Over time, even great songs can lose a little something when they are covered too many times by too … Read More »


Oct
21

Still Scoring

It’s one thing to grow up playing ice hockey. It’s another thing to still be playing – in your 90’s. At age 94, Duluth’s Mark Sertich still puts on the pads and plays pick-up with guys, some … Read More »


Oct
14

Piano Man

In 2010, Dotan Negrin had a dream and an idea. He quit his job as an art mover in New York City, bought a truck and a 400 lb. upright piano, and along with his dog Brando began a … Read More »


Sep
30

Designing for Kids with Special Needs

In 1981, Alex Truesdell met Erin, an infant with severe multiple disabilities. A few months later, her Aunt Lynn suffered a spinal cord injury that paralyzed both hands. An early childhood teacher at the Perkins School for the … Read More »


Sep
23

Girls Who Code

In 2009-10, during her unsuccessful run for Congress, Reshma Saujani noticed something as she visited various schools along the campaign trail – a lack of girls in computer science classrooms. Despite the growth of technology as an … Read More »


Sep
16

Crowdfunding: An Update

This past week, CTD initiated a 30-day crowdfunding campaign on Crowrdrise, a well-known crowdfunding platform for nonprofits. Certainly, these are very challenging times for nonprofits, and we are no exception. While support for CTD and our missions … Read More »


Sep
1

Special Delivery

Mathew Flores had a simple request. The 12-year old from Salt Lake City had no books at home and no way to get to the local library. One day, he was standing by the mailboxes reading junk … Read More »