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25 Days of Xmas: The Legend of Ranger, The Reindeer Who Couldn't Fly

You all know Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, Blitzen, and of course, Rudolph. But did you know that Rudolph has a brother... Santa's tenth reindeer? For 2013, there's a new book on the market that tells the tale of this mysterious 10th reindeer, and lands right here on The Rock Father as part of my 25 Days of Xmas. Recommended for kids ages 4-9, THE LEGEND OF RANGER, THE REINDEER WHO COULDN'T FLY features the writing of Alan B. Salisbury (retired Commanding General in the U.S. Army) with artwork by Roberta Baird. All profits from the sale of Ranger products will be donated to the Antonia Giallourakis Endowment for Art Therapy at the MassGeneral Children's Hospital Cancer Center, which makes this not only a great gift idea, but one that will do some good. Check out the full details below...

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Doing Good: The HASBRO Global Day of Joy...#HasbroGlobalJoy

Out of all the toy companies out there, Hasbro is one of the most-covered here on The Rock Father. In addition to having some great toy lines (TRANSFORMERS, STAR WARS, GI JOE, MY LITTLE PONY, BABY ALIVE, NERF, etc.), they're also known for doing a lot of good, and as such were just named to The Civic 50 for being one of the most community-minded companies in the United States. While this is undoubtedly their busiest season, Hasbro's 5,000 employees in 35 countries worldwide became "elves" this past Friday for the first-ever Global Day of Joy, partnering with over 100 charitable organizations to bring cheer to kids in need.

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MEGA Bloks 12 Days of Giveaways: Toys for You, and Your Favorite Charity!

My friends at MEGA Bloks have just launched a new series of giveaways that I strongly encourage all friends of The Rock Father to enter. In their 12 Days of Giveaways promotion, MEGA Bloks will be awarding daily prizes for 12 days (a selection of their hottest toys), and then one Grand Prize Winner will get one of each. But that's not even the best part... the Grand Prize Winner will also have those same 12 toys donated to the charity of their choice! It's a giveaway with a "doing good" sorta twist. Head over to MEGA Bloks' Facebook page to enter, then be sure to follow along on Twitter. Check out some highlights...

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Covered: 12 Dad Bloggers perform Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' THRIFT SHOP to raise funds for Movember #MovemberDads

MovemberFor the past month, I, along with over 70 fellow Dad Bloggers have been working as a team to raise funds and awareness for men's health issues by growing moustaches in support of Movember (read my official announcement here). With over $13,000 donated thus far, half of which was thanks to a contribution from Dove Men+Care, we have one week left to reach our goal of $30,000. Currently, I rank lucky 13 on our team, with $180 generously contributed through friends of The Rock Father (thank you!). In an effort to amp things up a bit, my friend Tommy over at Life of Dad put together a group of a dozen Dad Bloggers (the #MovemberDads) to perform an a cappella cover version of "Thrift Shop" - the massive hit by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (who will be performing at The AMAs later tonight). Check it out below, and keep an eye out for yours truly popping up on guitar for the chorus...

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Don't Stop Believin' - SONGS FOR KIDS brings musicians to Children's Hospitals...

Songs for Kids FoundationIf you turn on the news, it's become unbearable to see the terrible stories involving kids that tend to get all of the press. Over the past year, though... I've been hit with some pretty good ones - positive and inspiring stories about people doing good for the little ones in the world - stories that don't get as much coverage as they should. You've got SINGING OUR WAY THROUGH: SONGS FOR THE WORLD'S BRAVEST KIDS by Alastair Moock & Friends, the work that Brady Rymer does for kids with Autism, and of course, the 10th Annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign - and those are just a few. Today, something popped up on my radar here at Rock Father HQ that I wasn't familiar with, but had to share immediately: SONGS FOR KIDS. Watch the video below and keep reading...

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Movember 1st - Will You Join Me in Changing the Face of Men's Health?

movember125It's November 1st, and for the first time-ever, it's MOVEMBER 1st here at Rock Father HQ. Yes, you read that correctly - I am participating in Movember this year - my first-ever excursion into the world of being a MO BRO. Indeed, I do despise mustaches on baby products (and in most non-facial uses), and I once declared that "Hipsters and Movember Killed the Mustache Movement." My attitude has changed, and while I often tend to buck trends, why I previously chose not to participate in Movember is unimportant at this point. What's important is why I've chosen to support it.

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ROCKSTARS GLUED announces AUTISM SINGS KY Fundraising Event with 29 Bands...

While we've been very fortunate to have a pair of healthy kids thus far, I know that many of my readers and friends have been faced with some health challenges as parents. One such challenge is Autism, a topic that I have brought attention to a few times in the past, and something that I seem to encounter an increasing amount of families being affected by. That said, tonight I'm sharing news of an event that will take place in Kentucky on July 27... ROCKSTARS GLUED presents AUTISM SINGS KY. This special event will feature 29 bands performing at the Thompson House in Newport, as part of a day that will include music, games, raffles, food, dance, and silent auctions - all in support of Autism Speaks. Check out full details, along with the impressive list of items that have been dontated to the effort.

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Review: Alastair Moock and Friends - SINGING OUR WAY THROUGH: SONGS FOR THE WORLD'S BRAVEST KIDS

Singing Our Way ThroughThis album brought tears to my eyes. From the spoken word declaration, "I Am the Light," ALASTAIR MOOCK establishes SINGING OUR WAY THROUGH: SONGS FOR THE WORLD'S BRAVEST KIDS as an album unlike any other in recent memory - not because of the terrifying journey that spawned it, but because of the inspiring way that Moock and his family are using their experiences to bring joy to the lives of others. Their tale began last July, when one of Moock's five-year-old twin daughters was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia... Childhood Cancer.

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Alastair Moock's SONGS FOR THE WORLD'S BRAVEST KIDS to support kids with Cancer...

Inspired by his own family's experience with childhood leukemia (his daughter was diagnosed in July of 2012), Boston's ALASTAIR MOOCK has assembled a new collection of sing-a-longs - SINGING OUR WAY THROUGH: SONGS FOR THE WORLD'S BRAVEST KIDS. The crowdfunded album has raised over $27K-to-date, blasting it's way past the initial goal of $10K that will be used to benefit children's hospitals and childhood oncology programs (Alastair has already donated to Boston Children's Hospital and the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang camp in CT).

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