The holidays are upon us! When it comes to holidays, a lot of us think about buying presents, making food, and putting up decorations. But there is one very important part of the holidays that some people forget about, and that is goodwill toward our fellow man. Nothing feels as good as giving back during the holiday season. And the best part is, you can help others without spending a dime! If you have visited us before, you might have seen our 100 things you can do to help others for free post, and we love it so much we decided it was time to make a holiday edition! So I hope you enjoy this list, and are able to check some of these good deeds off this holiday season! Continue reading
It is that time of year again when the kids go back to school. There are children who will go back to school without the supplies they need. Thanks to Aldi and my site there will be less of those children without necessary supplies. This is the run down of our Giving Backpack event. We partnered with Aldi this year to help children. Aldi offers school supplies and they also offer healthy lunch and snack options which will help the students in life. If you want to see if school supplies are available in your area check out their Aldi special buys list.Continue reading
Disclosure: This opportunity to give back to my community was made possible by our sponsors Wonderful Pistachios, Wonderful Almonds and Fiji Water.
As part of our third annual Giving Back Packs Campaign I am fortunate enough to participate along with fellow bloggers to donate a back pack full of schools supplies to help one child in need. Why school suppplies? Why do we organize this project? Read more about our project here —–> Giving Back Packs
I decided that not only was this a great way for me to give back but also an opportunity to teach my children about others who have less than we do and how important it is to share our blessing to help one child get the essential tools they need to succeed in school.
So I explained how we asked our sponsors to help us and with our $25 gift card from the folks at Wonderful Pistachios, Wonderful Almonds and Fiji Water we headed to the store to buy school supplies. I turned this into a math refresher and had my son to keep track of how much we were spending by adding up the cost of the items they picked out.
Our sponsors donated a back pack, a box of Wonderful Almonds, a box of Wonderful Pistachios, two bottles of water, and a $25 gift card to be used to purchase school supplies. We took advantage of a buy one get half off sale at our local store to buy as many school supplies as possible with our $25.
I was thrilled that our sponsors also wanted to send us some of their products to include in the back packs. They generously embraced our project and have overwhelmed me with their support. Full bellies also help children succeed in school. Wonderful Pistachios are the perfect snack for kids heading back to school. They are both nutritious and delicious. Even better they are fun to eat, I know my own children LOVE cracking open pistachios. Wonderful Pistachios come in a variety of flavors including Roasted & Salted, Sweet Chili and Salt & Pepper. Both Wonderful Pistachios and Wonderful Almonds come in handy tubes that are easy to pack in lunchboxes and also great for after school snacks. Staying hydrated is also so very important for our kids as they exercise their bodies and minds everyday. Fiji Water comes in a convenient 330mL which is a perfect size for lunch boxes and taking to school sports events.
I am so inspired by the generosity of our sponsors and the impact that I believe our project will have as so many bloggers participate to help one child in their communities. If each of us jest help one child think of the impact that it will have. If many people each throw just one small pebble in the same pond a huge ripple is created and that ripple reaches farther than we can imagine. I am donating our back pack to an incredible ministry called Hands Up Ministries. In a nutshell Hands Up Ministries is all about giving a hand up not a hand out. They preserve the dignity of the folks they serve and teach them how to help themselves by not giving anything away for free but by charging minimally (very minimally for the products they provide). The folks they serve take ownership and and pride in being able to get what they need for themselves. The ministry also focuses on the very true concept that every human being deserves to be loved. The most important thing they give is hugs (no charge for those) and love and acceptance. They acknowledge and openly share with all they serve that we are all more alike then we are different and that none is less deserving of love than any one of us. I hope you will go read about this ministry and if moved to do so will help them continue to serve the Highland Parks Community in Richmond VA. What this ministry needs the most is monetary donations so they can continue to buy homes, fix them up, then rent them to folks who are homeless. The rent is low and an amount that the family can afford. This follows the principal that people need a hand up not a hand out.
Will you join us in our mission to help children succeed in school by providing them with the tools they need? Will you help one child? We would love to hear about it! Let’s share so we can hopefully inspire others to give a helping hand up to others!
Did you know one in four children has an undiagnosed vision problem? Right now when you purchase individual vision insurance from VSP Direct™ as a gift, a child in need receives a free eye exam and glasses. That means when you give the Gift of Sight from VSP, you give twice. Find out more at www.givevspdirect.com/eyegiveback. Thanks to VSP for sponsoring this post.
We recently welcomed the newest addition to our extended family. Meet Sasha!
Sasha is the princess of firsts! She is my sister in law’s first baby. She is my husband’s first niece on his side of the family. And she is the first baby girl grand child in my husband’s family. With her welcome into the world we decided to give my mother in law a new photo album to cherish early baby photos of all her grandchildren. She now has three! (My husband and I have 2 boys). We also decided to surprise granny with the Gift of Sight from VSP Vision Care! We don’t want her to miss a moment of her grandchildren growing up! My mother in law is retired and does not have vision insurance so when it comes time to getting an eye exam or buying new prescription lenses I don’t want her to have to worry about it or go without. These sweet grandbabies are too cute not to be able to see every smile!
Personally I have shared with you why it is so important to me to be able to give the gift of sight to my mother in law. I want her to be able to see every precious smile and all the milestones and achievements of her grandchildren. I don’t want her to miss baby’s first smile and steps, her grandson’s first swim meet, or basketball shots! I want her to be able to read bed time stories to all of them! But beyond my own personal reason, the gift of sight is so very important to all individuals. Did you know that 1 in every 4 children has an undetected vision problem? This amounts to about 10 million children having a vision problem that interferes with learning. In fact 20% of children struggle to read because of vision problems. These statistics just break my heart. But with the #EyeGiveBack program that is part of VSP Direct’s commitment to help children in need I can help a child get the eye exam and glasses that they need to be able to succeed in school and in life.
Right now through December 31, 2015 when you give the Gift of Sight you are giving twice! When you purchase a vision insurance plan as a gift, VSP will donate an eye exam and glasses to a child who need this gift to detect and correct vision problems. I am sure you know someone who does not have vision insurance. Think about the good you can do for the special someone you know but also for the good you will be doing in the life of a child who is struggling in school because he or she needs glasses.
Why VSP? What is included with the Gift of Sight?
Purchasing any type of insurance can be a tough decision. You need to know what is included and that you are choosing a good company. I was happy to learn that VSP is the nation’s only not-for-profit vision care company. They offer affordable individual plans in every state. So no matter where your family has spread out to you can still give the Gift of Sight. My mother in law lives in NC and we call VA home. An individual plan covers the eye exam with a low co-payment and provides allowances for glasses and contacts and even fully covered lens options. So the other big question is who are the providers and will there be any providers in my area. There are 30,000 providers in convenient locations within the VSP doctor network. I am sure you still have more questions so take a look at this FAQ document for more answers. Learn More:givevspdirect.com/
I encourage you to Give the Gift of Sight to someone you know and help 2 people at the same time. Your loved one and a child in need! Watch to see how the Gift of Sight can make a difference!
This is my seventh year of the $100 story I believe in my pay it forward initiative. I believe that if you lead people to give and to share that you will create a movement of kindness. I believe being kind counts.
I believe that if I spend my time and my money helping others that more people will be impacted then if I sit and say, “I wish.” The way that my $100 story works is I have $100. I ask that you nominate someone for me to help. I will pick people to be their secret Santa. I have found in previous years that as my project got started the money also increased. I had generous donations. I have had readers ask to help people. I have seen this work. I believe in the magic of the $100 story. We all know that one rock makes a ripple in the pond but bunch of us throwing rocks at the same time makes a wave of change.
I would like to invite you to nominate someone special.
You can fill out our form on $100 story page. <—————
These are easy ideas to help people for free
If you want to help email me [email protected] subject $100 story and we will partner you up.