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A Birthday Present From YouTube

Jenny Can CookJenny Jones Youtube VideosI never expected anything like this! When I made my cooking videos, it was just a hobby. I love to cook and just wanted to share my recipes in case some of my fans might be interested. I knew a lot of people didn’t even cook but it was still fun. I watched as the number of views continued to grow and my videos were soon discovered by the entire world. It was international! Comments and questions came in from 200 countries (where they use the metric system – I never planned for that).

Then the corona virus came and the whole world was quarantined at home and had to cook, and bake bread. My recipes are simple and they always turn out so people who have never cooked before and needed to learn started watching and they had questions. A lot of questions. I want to help and I try to answer as many as I can but it’s impossible to keep up. I’m doing the best I can so please understand if I don’t answer your question.

As timing would have it, the millionth subscriber signed up on my birthday today. Now that is a birthday gift I never could have predicted but it makes me so happy because it means that my little home videos are helping people eat healthy home cooked meals and knowing I’m making a difference is the best gift I could have received.

The Worst Place To Find a Spider

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Here are my Ten Worst Places to Find a Spider. Did I miss any?

  1. On a doorknob
  2. On the toilet seat
  3. In your underwear drawer
  4. In your salad
  5. Floating in the bottom of your cereal bowl
  6. On the ceiling over your bed
  7. In your hair
  8. Under your pillow
  9. On your face when you wake up
  10. Finding half a spider in the rest of your sandwich

More Support for Ontario Heroes

How lucky am I to be able to follow my passion for helping firefighters and first responders in my home province of Ontario? I’m overjoyed today to be announcing my third series of grants to five volunteer fire departments across the province. From the Pikwakanagan Fire Rescue to four other departments in all corners of the province, these various departments will receive 8 new sets of bunker gear, a Jaws of Life, a water tender, portable safety lights, and 30 sets of high visibility coveralls. It’s a well spent $50,000 if it helps keep the ones who volunteer to serve their communities safe.

For more on these heroes please visit https://www.jennysheroescanada.com

Travis Wiersma, My First Hero

It was 2008 when I created Jenny’s Heroes, offering everyday people up to $25,000 to spend to benefit their communities.

My first hero was Travis Wiersma.

Travis WiersmaTravis was a night janitor at Madison Area Technical College (MATC) in Wisconsin and he requested $25,000 to provide new training equipment for the nursing program. Today, Travis is battling cancer and I just want to share his story so the world can see what a special person this is and what a difference he made with his gift.

I chose Travis from over 2,000 applicants. In his application he wrote: “i clean at night and thier is one program at the school that could use some help with upgrads the nures program..all the stuff they use looks like from the 60&70.it would be a dream too see the staff teach the stundents with state of art stuff,this would help the stundents,by the time they pass the corse,they would be able to use state of art stuff.when the get into the real world..then next year there would be new stundents ready to learn..this would go on for ever”  His grammar wasn’t perfect but his idea was.

Travis bought the school $25,000 worth of new equipment!

  • ~ He was on the news and featured in the local paper.
  • ~ He was the guest of honor at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand re-opening.
  • ~ He got a standing ovation from over 150 faculty and staff at the school.
  • ~ He got a plaque installed in his honor.
  • ~ He was congratulated by the MATC’s Dean of Health, Dr. Sido.

Travis WiersmaOver 250 registered nurses and over 1,000 nursing assistants graduate every year from MATC and his gift will be in use for years to come, ultimately helping many thousands of healthcare workers as they head into the workforce. Travis’s proud mom, Sandy, who also worked at MATC, was there for the grand re-opening, taking this photo with her son.

Travis Wiersma

Travis said, “I was just shocked to be selected. I never thought I would be one of Jenny’s Heroes. It’s an awesome feeling. I know my dream will be helping many nursing students coming in and it will just keep revolving. It will be a gift that keeps on giving. As for me, this experience has changed my life.”

Travis’s grandmother was a nurse, his mother worked at MATC for 17 years, and his grandfather worked at the school for 35 years until his retirement, which makes his donation even more personal.

Bea SpyrosTravis’s grandmother, Bea Spyros.

~ TRAVIS PASSED AWAY ON MAY 26, 2020.  ~

To see more of Travis’s story, click here.

$50,000 in Grants

Congratulations to the volunteer firefighters at the Suisun Fire Protection District in Fairfield, California, one of five California Fire Departments to receive Jenny’s Heroes California grants today. The 40 volunteers at Suisun are receiving $25,000 to purchase new turnout gear. The other four departments will be getting new radios, self-contained breathing apparatuses, a portable water tank, and a radio repeater system with solar panels. It’s all about keeping them safe.

This is the first of my grants for the heroes who volunteer to serve their communities in my home state of California. To see more on these grants or to send them your love, click here.