Category Archives: Charity/Donations

Pajamas and Teddy Bear Donations Wanted Spirit Driven Mission


Serena “Wisdom” Richardson has a Spirit-driven mission – will you join SWIHA in our efforts of this loving cause?

Mission:  PAJAMAS AND TEDDY BEAR DRIVE – to collect as many pajamas and teddy bears for children in need as possible.  Donation boxes are at SWIHA right next to the beautiful Christmas tree at the main entry!

Inspiration Behind the Mission:  In Wisdom’s all-time favorite movie ‘City of Angels,’ the angel would come to take the dying over into the next life and he always asked, “What did you like best?”  There is a particular scene in which a little girl who was the one crossing over, when he asked, “What did you like best?” she replied, “pajamas, the ones with feet.”

When I think of pajamas, especially the ones with feet (for children), I think of the warmth, security and comfort.  There are several children in this world that may never own a pair of pajamas or may possibly never have had the chance of holing a teddy bear.  With that in mind, I began my yearly mission during the holidays to collect “pajamas and teddy’s” for children who are less fortunate to provide them with that same warmth, comfort and security and when holding a teddy bear they can feel that they are never alone!  Will you join me in these efforts!?

I hope to be an angel in a child’s life and instead of crossing them over into the next life, help them to feel peace in this life. ~ Wisdom

About Serena “Wisdom” Richardson
POET, SOUL Coach, Holistic Wellness Practitioner
Owner, WisdomSOUL Wellness

Serena Richardson, also known as ‘Wisdom’ is an active healing facilitator in her community.  As a performance poet, Wisdom has the ability to captivate minds and uplift souls with her motivational and inspirational poetry.  This amazing ability or “gift from above” has helped her to become very successful in Life/Soul Coaching helping people change their lives and accomplishing goals by discovering their true self.

Wisdom, a Certified Life Coach, Hypnotherapy Specialist, & Reiki Master, amongst several other specialties, has over 15 years’ experience combined with Corporate Training and Personal Development working with Women, Youth, and the Homeless.

With a genuine love and compassion for people, Wisdom wants to assist each client in reaching their full potential by connecting their Mind, Body and Soul and becoming in tune with all three.

Writing since the age of 9, Serena Richardson, aka ‘Wisdom,’aka ‘WisdomSOUL’, performed her first piece in 1998, gaining her the title “Diva” for her poetic style. Wisdom recognizes her purpose as a gift from God to deliver messages of positivity; her charge, to speak words that bear truth; her mission being “To heal the world.”

Deemed “The Next Generation Host,’ Wisdom currently Hosts her own online radio show called “The VYBe” on which was a spinoff from her original open mic show, “The VYBe” in the thriving Phoenix downtown area.  Wisdom is currently working on a book, writing a stage play, and will soon be releasing 2 CD’s where her provocative poetry merges with music and can be experienced by an even wider audience.  Check out Wisdom and The VYBe every Monday night 7-9pm pst / 10p-12a est. on , an eclectic mix of Spokenword, Neo-SOUL, Hip- Hop, & Jazz fusion.  ~ Wisdom is supported by! ~

Old T-shirts Wanted for UpCycling Bags Eagle Project

Seth Payson’s Eagle Project presents “UpCycling Bags!”  Old, donated T-shirts of all sizes and colors will be turned into usable, every day bags to carry personal items, groceries, or whatever you need bags for! The Message: Each shirt will include a flyer with information on the dangers of plastic bags, the importance of reusables and instructions for creating bags from t-shrits to encourage recipients to make their own bags  and share the idea with others. Definition of UpCycling: Upcycling is a component of sustainability in which the use of waste materials to provide new products.  It is generally a reinvestment in the environment.  This process allows for the reduction of waste and use of virgin materials. Upcycling is the practice of

Energy for Life Project

ATTENTION ENERGY PRACTITIONERS:   Are you willing to donate one day of your life to help the “Energy for Life” Project?  The “Energy for Life” Project was born out of witnessing a close friend’s struggle with Stage iv Metastatic Breast Cancer.  Barb Holland saw needless suffering on her friend’s part because she either did not know what resources were available to her, she found out months down the road, or she didn’t have the money to take advantage of them.  This resulted in an extremely stressful situation for her; she was not able to calm down enough to create the peaceful mind set that she needed to heal. Barb Holland, the creator of  “Energy For Life” became very upset that women were being handed…

Help a Young Boy Fight Cancer Donate Pounds of Shoes

Have a Heart ~ Give a “Soul”

Southwest Institute Of Healing Arts invites you to join in a unique fundraiser to raise money for a young boy who is fighting a battle with cancer.


Meikel is a 14-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer called Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma.  Meikel lives in a single parent household and this has been financially challenging for them.


There is an organization that will pay per pound for used shoes!

  • The shoes can be in any condition.
  • The only requirement is that they be tied together or in a bag together.

Shoes will be collected at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts between now and April, 15th 2012.

There is a big box at the front entrance of SWIHA!

PLEASE bring in as many shoes as possible…. The heavier the better!!!

100% of the funds collected will be donated to Meikel and his mom for their expenses.  Monetary donations accepted as well.

Thank you for your support!!  You can contact Meikel’s mother at ~ Blessings to Meikel on this journey. ~

~ A Heart and Soul Fundraiser! ~

Wonderful Kitty Cats for Adoption

Are you a kitty cat lover and looking to care for a  feline companion, or do you know someone who could use a lovable companion, or three?  The following lovable cats may be adopted through Annette Kraut at:  They have been loved by her and their other loving owners, and are in need of a new home, or homes, as soon as possible.  Owners are moving into a new place that cannot allow them, unfortunately. In the words of these lovable felines: I am losing my home and my owners are moving out as well; thus, I’m looking for a new home.  I love to cuddle, but I also am happy to spend time alone.  I will sleep with you all night.  I can seem reticent upon first meeting people but this is because I was a rescue cat used to fending for

Breast Cancer Fundraising Event For Chef Rachel Albert

One and All, please join Chef Rachel Albert’s supporters for a love-filled Breast Cancer Fundraising Event, on May 11, 2012 from 5pm – 8pm at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona.  You are all invited ~ RSVP here or just show up!  The more the merrier, to spread our loving, healing energy onto/into Rachel!

For those who are not yet aware, Chef Rachel was diagnosed with breast cancer in early October of 2011.  Despite the challenges this has posed, she continues to maintain her busy schedule, teaching live and online cooking classes for the SWIHA, presenting cooking demonstrations at Desert Botanical Garden, leading in-home cooking parties, blogging, and sharing her passion for cooking, eating healthy food and for healthy living.

Rachel Albert has been a natural foods chef, cooking instructor, and freelance food and health writer for the past 25 years.  She has led more than 1,000 cooking and nutrition classes in eight states and had more than 300 articles published in national and regional publications.

She is the author of The Ice Dream Cookbook: Dairy-Free Ice Cream Alternatives with Gluten-Free Cookies, Compotes & Sauces and co-author of the award-winning book, The Garden of Eating: A Produce-Dominated Diet & Cookbook.  She has appeared on numerous television programs around the valley and has her own YouTube Channel.

You can read more about her work on her blog,  You may also visit her website and donate cash by clicking on the “Donate ” button to help support Chef Rachel’s recovery!

The evening of the benefit will begin with a delicious, gluten-free spaghetti dinner with salad, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages.  We will also be having a silent auction and a raffle drawing.  All of the monies from the event will go  toward medical expenses that Chef Rachel has incurred over the past several months, having gone through tests, treatments, and procedures without medical or dental insurance.

We know that Chef Rachel will beat this disease. We want to support her in this process and reduce her stress.  With your generous donation of goods and/or a gift certificate for this event, we will be one step closer to obtaining the necessary funds to help her accomplish this goal.


To RSVP or for more information on how you can be a part of this fun-filled benefit please contact Steve Klein at 763-242-2041 or email  Call him to discuss various options for helping with the benefit, and if you will be in attendance!

Sincere thanks to all who support Rachel in her healing!  Love and light to you Rachel!