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There are over 600 thousand people in America who are experiencing the hardships of homelessness and it isn’t just confined to those living on the streets. Homelessness extends to those in multi-family homes, transitional living, homeless shelters, and even children awaiting foster-care placement.  Nearly one-quarter of all homeless people were homeless children under the age of 18, and 30 percent of sheltered homeless people were children. About 25% suffer from some type of mental illness. A University of Pennsylvania study tracking nearly 5,000 homeless people for two years discovered that investing in comprehensive health support and treatment of physical and...

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Give outdoorsy gifts that gives back this year! Our holiday gift guide showcases awesome outdoor travel and adventure gifts from companies who are socially and environmentally conscious.  By choosing outdoorsy gifts from this list this year, your generosity will have a ripple effect in local and international communities. Pine Valley Outfitters' Double Hammock - $39.95 This hammock has everything you need to get hanging and even includes premium bark protecting tree straps. When not being used the tree straps, carabiners, and hammock fit great in the attached hammock carry bag. Through PVO’s Hammocks for the Homeless program, fifty percent (50%) of...

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If you're looking to venture outdoors than there's a high chance you're trying to escape from phones, computers, and other modern technologies. However, if you're heading out in the wild and still want some of the comforts of modern living, just take a look below. These apps will make your camping trip safe, fun, and enjoyable for everyone! First Aid One of those apps where you hope you never need it, but can be thankful you downloaded it in an emergency. St. John’s First Aid app doesn’t replace the benefits of learning first aid from a certified course, nor is it as...

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Hammocks provide a fun and relaxing experience, but precautions should always be taken whether using them in the backyard or on an overnight hike. Wherever your spot - these important tips can help provide a safe and responsible hammock experience.  Location Good campsites are found, not made. Avoid creating your own spot for the sake of convenience. Use pre-existing campsites to protect wildlife and undisturbed areas. Setting up your site at least 200 feet away from water sources helps prevent possible pollution of the water and protects the riparian areas along the river banks. If you’re camping or hiking in a state...

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Preparation Know before you go. Research the rules and conditions on the locations you’re planning to visit. If you’re headed to a campsite make sure dogs are allowed. Read the park guidelines before bringing them along. If you’re planning a long hike with your dog make sure you have enough food and water for the duration of the trip. Read up on the conditions of the trail and verify your dog can handle the environment. Your dog’s physical ability is as important as your own. Verify your dog is capable of enduring long hikes and multiple-day excursions. Your dog can’t...

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