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March 24, 2013

Today we celebrate:

National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day – These delectable treats were first created in 1927 by Blumenthal Brothers Chocolate Company in Philadelphia and named Raisinets. While covering fruits and nuts with chocolate was occurring long before then, it was purely a homemade endeavor, not a branded and publicly sold item. They changed hands over the years and surprisingly (to me, anyway) the brand wasn't acquired by Nestle until 1984.

World Tuberculosis Day – Today is a day to remind everyone that tuberculosis is still a huge health problem in many parts of the world. On this day in 1882, Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the cause of the disease, the TB Bacillus. This paved the way for a cure to be found.

Palm Sunday – the Sunday before Easter, commemorating Jesus' triumphant arrival in Jerusalem.

To celebrate today, grab a bag of raisinets to sustain you on your trip to Jerusalem where you can retrace Jesus' journey to the city. Then you can detour to a third world country where you can help some of the tuberculosis victims.

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