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IKEA Soft Toys for Education Campaign – Buy a toy and help support children’s education through UNICEF and Save the Children

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I think it’s safe to assume that most people know that education is the “key” to helping people improve their lives and to help people become successful.

I am grateful that I can provide a quality education for my children.

I often worry about our son. He struggles in school. He always has. He started school a year too soon. We didn’t realize that it was an issue until he was in first grade. He struggled so much that we asked the school to leave him back a year but they wouldn’t do it. They had their reasons I suppose but the result is that our son tends to take longer to understand things then his peers do. He does “get it” eventually, but usually they are on to something else when he does.

Our son’s first grade teacher was an angel. We love her dearly. When we see her when we’re out and about we always have to say hello to her. She’s always quick to give us hugs too – including me and my husband.

I won’t mention her name (f0r her privacy) but she was amazing. She saw how much our son was struggling. She was always available to provide him with extra help, even if it meant staying after school. She always did it wit a smile on her face, even though her day was over and she had her own family to get home to.

My son in 1st grade

My son in 1st grade

She also knew that our son was very shy and had no friends. She took it upon her self to make him her “assistant” to help her out with things around the classroom. Her simple gesture helped to boost his confidence and self esteem.

The time my son spent with her he actually LOVED going to school and ended up doing better than we had hoped for.

If there was a way for her to follow him throughout his school “career” I think he would love school and do very well in it. Her kindness, compassion and genuine willingness to help out really made a difference in his life. Even to this day – 10 years later – he still talks about her and how much he misses having her as a teacher. Where as other teachers have come and gone from his life this one teach has stood out from the rest. She made that much of an impact on his life.

Even his reading teacher in elementary school was very instrumental to helping him read better (something he also struggled with).

It was a “team effort” but it got our son through elementary and middle school. Now he’s in high school.

It’s still a struggle for our son but we keep impressing upon him how important education is. Without it he won’t be able to reach his dreams. For example, he wants to live and work in New York City (specifically Manhattan). Manhattan is VERY expensive and living there is a small fortune. I order to afford to live there comfortably he’d have to have a decent job. In order to have a decent job he’d have to have an education and a college degree or some kind of certificate program.

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I couldn’t imagine not having access to quality education. What kind of a future can someone have without and education. Sadly there are children around the world who don’t have access to education. They don’t even know the basics like reading and writing. How are they expected to succeed in life and make a life for themselves if they can’t do basic things.

Education has a huge impact on your life. It helps increase opportunities to escape poverty. It also gives you the chance at a bright future. Not only that having an education can also improve one’s sense of well-being.

There are organizations that are doing their part to help bring quality education to those who need it the most. One such organization is IKEA.

Most people know IKEA as the place to buy great, affordable furniture. They are also known for their yummy meatballs (LOL). Did you know that IKEA also has a special campaign that helps support education?

The campaign is called IKEA Soft Toys for Education Campaign.

For every soft toy and children’s books sold at IKEA between November 9, 2014 – January 3, 2015, the IKEA Foundation will donate $1.00 to children’s education. The donation will be split between two charities – Save the Children and UNICEF.

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The IKEA Soft Toys for Education Campaign has been going on for many years. Since 2003 $90.4 million (67 million in Euros) has been donated through the campaign resulting in 11 million children being impacted through 99 projects in 46 countries. That is amazing!

Last year alone the campaign raised $13.6 million (10.1 million Euros). Over $1 million was raised in the US alone (the IKEA Soft Toys for Education Campaign is a world wide campaign).

The IKEA Foundation is the largest corporate donor to UNICEF and Save the Children. I did not know that. That is very impressive.

Donation help train teachers, supply educational materials and improve child protection systems. The funds also go to provide clean water and toilet facilities for the schools which greatly increase attendance.

Here are a few more specific examples of how funds from IKEA Soft Toys for Education Campaign is going towards changing the lives of others around the globe.

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Not only does your purchase help improve the lives of so many around the globe, you also get a wonderful toy and/or book that you can give to your child or grandchild.

With this being the holiday season the soft toys and books from IKEA (the ones that are part of this campaign) would make wonderful gifts and stocking stuffers.

For more information please visit the IKEA Foundation website. You can also check out IKEA Foundation on Facebook.

To see what others have to say about this wonderful program check out the hashtag #IKEASoftToysEdu and #SoftToys4Education.

Have you ever purchased one of the IKEA Soft Toys for Education?

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Kimberly

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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PBS Kids and Whole Foods Market partner to roll out assortment of sustainable toys in time for holiday season

 

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The holiday season is a crazy time of year. We’re always on the look out for the “perfect” gift for those on our holiday shopping list. This is also the time of year that people like to support charities.

Imagine if you could find wonderful gifts for the special people in your life – like your child or grandchild – and help out a wonderful charity at the same time? Now, through a partnership between PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market you can.

PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market have teamed up this holiday season to offer Whole Foods Market shoppers wonderful toys from PBS KIDS including soft plush animals and classic wooden toys. They will be available at all Whole Foods Markets nationwide in the Whole Body department.

PBS KIDS’ new line of products is designed to inspire creative curiosity, while supporting the development of healthy, happy kids. One-hundred percent of PBS KIDS’ net proceeds will benefit the media brand’s mission of empowering children through knowledge, critical thinking and imagination, while Whole Foods Market will donate one percent of total sales, up to $25,000, to Whole Kids Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving children’s nutrition and wellness.

“We are excited to work with Whole Foods Market on a program that fosters our shared commitment to education and child development, while giving holiday shoppers an opportunity to give a more meaningful type of gift this holiday season,” said Lesli Rotenberg, general manager, children’s programming, PBS. “Open-ended play is an integral part of a young child’s development, and the new PBS KIDS toy line provides children with the opportunity to explore and learn in a safe and fun way.”

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The great things about the toys being offered is that they are made with safe, non-toxic inks and materials. Even the packaging is made from recycled materials. The plush animals are made with phthalate-free and PVC-free materials. The race cars are made from recycled milk bottles and all of the toys are made in the USA from sustainable materials, responsibly harvested from local communities.

“PBS KIDS is known for creating fun, educational content that encourages kids to learn by exploring the world around them,” said Jeanne Tamayo, Whole Foods Market’s global lifestyle buyer. “And that’s the exact goal behind this new line of toys — to help our shoppers find new, exciting ways to teach their children through play. Whole Foods Market is proud to offer these toys to families exclusively this holiday season.”

We don’t have a Whole Foods Market near where I live. For many years I have been hoping and wishing for a store to appear. Sigh… Hopefully one day we’ll FINALLY see a store in our area.

Whole Foods Market sent me one of the plush animals from the collection. They sent me a Panda. Oh my goodness! She is incredibly soft and plush. She’s also very realistic looking. She even comes with a baby Panda. I love it! The mama and baby Panda plush is sitting next to my desk on top of our love seat. Every now and then I’ll pick them up and give them a squeeze. They are so soft and snugly and exceptionally well made.

My plush Panda is pictured above.

Another one of the toys that they offer (I did NOT receive to review – I just love it) is a wooden truck/shape sorter toy. Not only does it look like a fun toy it also helps children identify shapes. It’s fun and educational.

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In addition to finding the new line of PBS KIDS toys at Whole Foods Markets nationwide, consumers can purchase products online at shop.pbskids.com.

If you would like to learn more about PBS KIDS visit their website, PBSKIDS.org. You can also find them on Twitter and Facebook.

To find a Whole Foods Market near you please visit WholeFoodsMarket.com. You can also find them on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites.

What do you think about the line of toys? Do you think you’ll stop by and pick up some gifts for those on your holiday shopping list?

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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How can YOU Share-a-Meal? Ideas for helping food insecure families in your community

 

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Now that the holiday season is upon us many people are thinking about ways they can help the “less fortunate” in their community. I think it’s wonderful that people volunteer to help out at soup kitchens, and others donate their holiday turkey to a family in need. I also love that some people will adopt an entire family for the holiday season and provide them with a holiday meal and sometimes gifts for the children. These things warm my heart and make me smile.

Sadly many people forget that hunger happens 365 days a year. It’s not sometimes that happens only around the holiday season. In fact the summer time can often be the hardest time for school aged children who receive meals at school. When school is not in session those children are left without anything to eat. Sometimes their school meal is the only meal of the day.

No child should go to bed hungry – ever. The same applies to all family members. In a “land of plenty” such as the United States we shouldn’t have food insecure families. But we do. It’s an ever increasing problem and together we can find ways to remedy this.

There are many things you can do RIGHT NOW to help out food insecure families in your community. I already mentioned a few.

  • Donate food to a local food bank.
  • Donate the free turkey (or ham) you get from your local grocery store as part of their holiday promotion to a family in need.
  • Partner with a local community organization and host a community pot luck in your area.
  • Organize a local food drive 0r get together with your school’s PTA/PTO to create a food drive at school (it would be a great way to teach children about issues facing people in their community).
  • Adopt a local family and provide them with a holiday meal. Or better yet, invite the family to your house. When it comes to the holidays the more the merrier.
  • Instead of buying your children the “latest and greatest must have toys” why not teach them a lesson in charity and donation and use some of the money that would be used towards gifts to buy food for the hungry?
  • Volunteer your time at a food bank or food collection center.
  • When purchasing grocery items if you strike a “buy one get one free” deal consider donating the free items.
  • Host a Virtual Food Drive using the Feeding America Fundraiser tool.

I actually created a Virtual Food Drive in hopes of sharing a meal with people in the community. You can check out my Virtual Food Drive page here – Share A Meal Fundraiser. It’s totally legitimate. I don’t get the funds. The funds raised go directly to Feeding America so they can help provide food to food insecure families.

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You can feed a lot of families even with the smallest donation.

  • $25.00 provides 225 meals
  • $50.00 provides 450 meals
  • $100.00 provides 900 meals
  • $175 provides 1,575 meals

You can donate as little or as much as you want.

Think about this for a moment. If you tend to stop every morning for a mocha latte (or another specialty coffee drink) you are probably spending $3 to $4 each time. If you could give that up for just one week and donate that money you can help provide 225 meals to families in need in your community. When you think about that what is more worthwhile – $25 worth of coffee that will be gone in about 10 minutes or 225 meals for hungry people (children and adults) in your community? It’s a no brainer if you ask me.

If you are unable to donate food or funds, perhaps you would consider volunteering at a local food bank or food distribution center?

A few years ago I helped out at a food bank in Tampa, Florida. It was a real eye opener.

I was assigned putting orange juice into the boxes for the people who were there to get food. I was shocked when I saw the line of people that came there that day to get food for their families. More people then I could imagine. I was thinking maybe a dozen or so people. We had so many people that I lost count!

These are legitimately hungry people too. They have to take care of the necessary paperwork and such to prove they are in need. That is why I was so shocked to see that many people. It broke my heart but at the same time it made me feel good because I knew I was helping out people in need. Talk about the “warm fuzzies”. It make my heart smile too.

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I hope you will take some time to read my posts about my experiences in Tampa – not only about helping out at the food bank but also a behind the scenes look at the Feeding America Tampa Bay ware house.

The face of hunger in your own backyard – Part I

The face of hunger in your own backyard – Part II: Feeding America Tampa Bay visit

Some people assume they can recognize people in their community who are facing hunger issues. Perhaps they can, but there are also plenty of people and families out there that look like they have it all together, but behind closed doors their family struggles for find their next meal. Even the most “well off” looking family could be dealing with financial issues that compromise their ability to put food on the table night after night.

Take my family for example. My husband has a decent job. I work part time out of the home. I also make some money from time to time with my blog. From outward appearances we seem like a typical middle class family. What people don’t see are the medical bills, car repair bills, and other things that can quickly deplete a checking and savings account. That is what has happened to us. There are plenty of times we don’t have two dimes to rub together let along money to go food shopping.

Admittedly when our youngest was a baby we had to visit the food bank a few times. Our son was a preemie and required a high caloric formula that was so very expensive. We had a choice – go food shopping or buy the formula that he needed. We had no choice. We had to visit the food bank for a few months otherwise we would have had nothing to put on the table. At that time our other child was a toddler.

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We are fortunate that we won’t go hungry. My family would NEVER let that happen. But there are more times then I care to think about where we didn’t have money to buy eggs, milk or bread. We keep a lot o pasta and Ramen Noodles in our pantry, not because we enjoy them but because sometimes that is all we can afford.

This week is one of those weeks where we can’t go food shopping. My car cost us over $800, about $400 more then we had hoped for. My husband doesn’t get paid for another week, my paycheck went towards the car and we have nothing else in checking. So this is one of those weeks where we have to get creative with our meals, even if it means waffles for dinner one night.

No one would ever suspect that we struggle at times. We do not come across as a food insecure family. We’re not. We can usually find something to eat even if it’s cereal, waffles or eggs. But there are people just like us who can’t do that. They literally have nothing and no family and friends the can lean on.

Adults can find way to deal with things. The ones that suffer the most is the children. No child should ever go to bed hungry.

Feeding America serves about 12 million children each year. That is a staggering amount of children. Can you believe there are that many hungry children in this country?

Unilever has a special initiative they call Project Sunlight which is doing their part to stamp out child hunger here in America. They encourage people to help create a brighter future for children.

Unilever has teamed up with award-winning filmmaker and Unilever Bright Future Award recipient, Patrick Creadon to create this heart-wrenching and inspiring look at how Americans are grappling with child hunger in a four-minute documentary, “Going to Bed Hungry: The Changing Face of Child Hunger.”

Check out the video.

 

Oh! It makes me feel so sad. These are real people too.

Hopefully this documentary has inspired you to help. There is a way you can share a meal this holiday season. Simply visit ProjectSunlight.us. There you can download the informative Unilever Share A Meal Toolkit to learn more about the power of a shared meal.

For more information about Feeding America you can find them on the various social media sites.

You can also follow Unilever Project Sunlight on social media too.

PLEASE share the documentary on social media so that your friends and family know about this important campaign. The URL for the video is http://ulever.us/ShareAMeal and the official hashtag is #ShareaMeal.

Do you know a food insecure family? Have you personally experienced food insecurity?

Feel free to share your thoughts.

I’m sorry for such a long post. Child Hunger is something I care about and I am more than happy to lend my voice for wonderful charities that are helping to put an end to this problem.

Please consider donating to my virtual food drive through Feeding America. Thank you! :-)

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Unilever Sunlight Project to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Help support Breast Cancer Awareness & Research with Harley-Davidson’s Pink Label Collection (giveaway ends 10/31/14)

 

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I think it’s wonderful that so many companies, brands and organizations make a point of helping Breast Cancer awareness and research this month by offering pink or pink ribbon products and other ways of raising funds.

Did you know that Breast Cancer affects men as well as women? My grandfather had Breast Cancer back in the 80’s and have to have is left breast removed. Breast Cancer might not be as common in men as it is women but please be aware that it can and does happen to men too.

Here are some sobering facts about Breast Cancer from BreastCancer.org.

  • About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
  • In 2014, an estimated 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 62,570 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
  • About 2,360 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in men in 2014. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.
  • About 40,000 women in the U.S. were expected to die in 2014 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989 — with larger decreases in women under 50. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.
  • A woman’s risk of breast cancer approximately doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. About 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it.
  • About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.
  • The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being a woman) and age (growing older).

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I truly wish there was a cure for this horrible disease. I am grateful that there have been plenty of medical advances to help women with Breast Cancer but there is still so much research that needs to be done.

Harley-Davidson is one of the many brands to help find a way to raise funds for Breast Cancer research and awareness. They have a special collection called the Pink Label Collection of MotorClothes and apparel.

Since 2010 Harley-Davidson customers have helped to raise over a million dollars. The funds goes towards organizations that help support and empower women affect by Breast Cancer. Their motto is “You’re not alone, because we ride with you.

When you purchase apparel and accessories from the Pink Label Collection of MotorClothes you are helping to support women affected by Breast Cancer through the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the After Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Young Survival Coalition.

You can check out the available Pink Label products at H-D.com/PinkLabel. Some of the available products include a pink Harley-Davidson leather jacket (pictured above), boots, gloves, helmets and hoodies to name a few. They even have lovely jewelry available to help support Breast Cancer too.

Harley-Davidson has a lovely Pink Label Beaded Necklace that is part of the  Pink Label Collection of MotorClothes collection.

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This necklace would make a great gift for the Harley-Davidson fan in your life. It features the Harley-Davidson logo as well as beads engraved with an “H” and “D” for Harley-Davidson.

It has a “lobster claw” clasp which makes it easy to get on/off. I like that it’s adjustable too so you can add a bit of length to it if you need it.

The necklace retails for $60 on the Harley-Davidson site.

I have this necklace. It was sent to me to review. I’m going to be giving it to my co-worker. She’s a young girl who loves to ride motorcycles. She even goes to a track upstate (NY) on the weekends to ride motorcycles on a special race track. She’s also dealing with cancerous cysts in her ovaries. I realize it’s not Breast Cancer, but it’s cancer none the less and she does love motorcycles. I think she’ll really love this necklace.

If you would like to learn more about Harley-Davidson’s efforts to support those affected by breast cancer, visit Harley-davidson.com.

Harley-Davidson would like to give a lucky winner the same necklace I receive to review. Thank you H-D!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 31, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this giveaway.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional. 

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Help Unilever Sunlight Project and Feeding America Share a Meal

 

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I work part time doing child care for Family Court. The children that come to us are there for a variety of reasons (order of protection, custody, paternity, divorce…).

It’s hard enough that these children are dealing with so much with their families but to be thrown into a room with total strangers can be really traumatic.

It’s bad enough knowing that these children are dealing with so much. It’s even harder when they offer little “nuggets” of information about their home life (we don’t ask questions but often children just open up and start telling us things).

I try and start conversations with children just so they feel comfortable with me. I ask them about school, find out what their favorite television show is and simple things like that.

Not too long ago I was working overtime. It was late in the afternoon and we had a few children in the room with us. One young girl was playing with the kitchen set we have. She was making something to eat for one of the dolls we have.

Just to make conversation I asked the little girl a random question – what was she having for dinner that night? When I asked her she just shrugged her shoulders. I asked her if her mom mentioned what she was making for dinner that night. The little girl replied that she wasn’t having dinner that night. Curious to know why she said that I questioned her – “You are not having dinner tonight?” The little girl replied “No”. I replied “Won’t you be hungry?”, to which she replied “No. I’ll probably have a bowl of cereal”.

Cereal? Cereal is not dinner. Maybe breakfast and sometimes lunch, or even a snack, but it certainly doesn’t seem like enough for dinner. That made me wonder if her family has enough to eat or was the little girl one of the millions of children right here in America that come from food insecure homes.

If you are not familiar with the term “food insecure” it means not knowing where your next meal is coming from and not having enough to eat on a day to day basis.

If you read my blog on a regular basis you know that I fully support campaigns that work towards putting and end to hunger here in the United States. Feeding America is one organization that I have written about frequently. I have ever participated in a food drive as well as toured one of their facilities.

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Feeding America serves about 12 million children each year. These are children in your community. These children can be living next door to you and you might not even know it.

Unilever is a partner with Feeding America. They have helped to contribute nearly 30 million meals** to families and children over the past five years which includes more than 13 million pounds of food and more than $3 million in support.

Unilever’s program is called Project Sunlight. It launched in November 2013.

Unilever Project Sunlight embodies the consumer product company’s global mission – the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan – that encourages people to take small steps that together make a big difference toward building a brighter future for children. The initiative is made up of a growing community of people who believe in a world where everyone has enough food to eat and no child goes to bed hungry.

Some people are under the misconception that they know what hunger looks like. Hunger doesn’t have a “look”. Your well dressed co-worker who lives in a nice car might be food instable. Your child’s happy little friend might be hiding a dark secret – that they go to bed hungry every night.

Hungry people look and act just like you and I do. The only exception is that they don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

People find themselves in these situations from a variety of reasons – job loss, debt, death in the family, divorce… Sometimes things happen that are out of our control and we have to make due with what we have, even if it means having to sacrifice a hearty meal to pay the electric bill or fill a prescription

Unilever wanted to share stories about Americans who are struggling with hunger. With the help of Unilever Bright Future Award recipient, Patrick Creadon, Unilever has created a heart-wrenching and inspiring look at how Americans are grappling with child hunger in a four-minute documentary called “Going to Bed Hungry: The Changing Face of Child Hunger.”

Unilever Project Sunlight wants to encourage people around the country to get involved

“What struck me the most in meeting these families and creating this film is how quickly people – our neighbors – can go from being the helpers to being those in need of help,” said Creadon.   “Going beyond donating – to sharing a meal or a moment of support – truly underscores that this is an issue that touches us all in every community in every pocket of this country.  These are our children.”

Here is the film. I hope you will take a few minutes to watch it. It’s only 4 minutes long.

 

This is such a powerful documentary. You would think in our country hunger would not be an issue. We have three year olds walking around with their own smartphones and iPads… yet some children can’t even get a simple meal to it. It’s sad that our priorities can be so “off” at times.

Hopefully this documentary has inspired you to help. There is a way you can share a meal this holiday season. Simply visit ProjectSunlight.us. There you can download the informative Unilever Share A Meal Toolkit to learn more about the power of a shared meal.

There are other ways you can help. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Help a Family in Your Neighborhood: Simply sharing a meal with a neighbor either in the form of a simple lunch or dinner party, or even packing an extra lunch for your child to take to school, could go a long way.
  • Partner with Local Organizations: Local community organizations are great resources for sharing a meal in your area – simply tap into their networks to see how you can help.
  • Coordinate with Your Local Food Bank: Whether you wish to volunteer or host your own local food drive, use Feeding America’s online Food Bank Locator tool to get in touch with a food bank in your area.
  • Host a Virtual Food Drive: Feeding America’s Personal Fundraiser tool is a great place to start and to reach out to friends, family, and colleagues for contributions.
  • Donate: Consider swapping a night out with a night in and share those extra savings with children and families in need in the form of a donation to Feeding America.
  • You Buy One, We Give One: Look for the Unilever “You Buy One, We Give One” coupon offer in the Sunday paper on November 16.  Redeem at participating stores from November 16 – 30 and Unilever will donate one meal* to Feeding America when you purchase any participating Unilever product.
  • Lend Your Voice:  Inspire others by revealing why you’re helping to end child hunger on social media using, “I #ShareAMeal because…”

I hope you are inspired to do something to help out.

For more information about Feeding America you can find them on the various social media sites.

You can also follow Unilever Project Sunlight on social media too.

PLEASE share the documentary on social media so that your friends and family know about this important campaign. The URL for the video is http://ulever.us/ShareAMeal and the official hashtag is #ShareaMeal.

Did you watch the documentary? Why or why not?

Do you know a food insecure family? Have you personally experienced food insecurity?

Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Unilever Sunlight Project to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Pick up a Halloween coupon book from Wendy’s and support the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®

 

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Halloween is just around the corner. Most children are already picking out their costumes and making plans with friends to go trick-or-treating. Candy is on the minds of most children – and some adults too.

My kids used to bring home A LOT of candy. It was great for a day or two but after that it was candy “overkill”. We would end up sending most of it to work with my husband to share with his co-workers. The candy that we did save usually ended up getting thrown out around Christmas. Thankfully my kids wouldn’t want to gobble it all up. They enjoyed their favorites for a few days and then were over it.

I like to offer trick-or-treaters something different. This year I am looking into getting some child-friendly comic books to give out instead of candy. I also have a supply of Wendy’s® Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Books**. I like to pick up several to not only give out at Halloween to the trick-or-treaters but I also like to keep a few on hand “just because”.

The coupon books are only $1.00 each. I can buy 2-3 books for what it costs me to buy a cup of coffee at my favorite coffee spot. As much as I love coffee it’s gone in a few minutes whereas the coupons are good for a while and the whole experience of going to Wendy’s® with the family and making fun memories outweighs that cup of coffee.

We first learned about the Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Books several years ago when my kids were little. They brought them home in their trick-or-treat bags. They were more excited about going to Wendy’s® to get the Jr. Frosty™ ice cream then they were the candy they received that night.

I remember one time we went to Wendy’s® to redeem the coupons and my son jokingly dipped his french fry into the Jr. Frosty™ and ate it trying to gross out my daughter. My son actually loved the flavor combination. So much so every time we go to Wendy’s® he always gets a Jr. Frosty™ and dips his fries in it! My daughter does it too. I have yet to try it. I prefer ketchup on my fries. LOL!

Purchasing the coupon books makes me feel good too because I know the proceeds are going to a great charitable cause, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® (DTFA) which supports foster care adoption.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® believes that we have a responsibility to be the voice of foster care adoption, so that every child finds a family. As founder Dave Thomas said, “These children are not someone else’s responsibility. They are our responsibility.” The DTFA exist to find homes for children who are waiting to be adopted from foster care in North America.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® has been around for the past 22 years and helped to find families for 4,000+ foster children. That is amazing!

This year the foundation hopes to raise $10 million dollars.

I was not adopted, but I was raised by my paternal grandparents. They are my mom and dad. I can related to adopted children because of it. I know how it feels not knowing your biological parents and having questions about your ancestry. Thankfully I have a great relationship with my biological father. I wish I knew more about my biological mother.

Ninety cents of every $1 Wendy’s® Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Books sold between September 13, 2014 through October 31, 2014 will go towards the charity. The coupons are valid from November 1, 2014 through February 1, 2015.

Since the coupons can be enjoyed up to February 1st of next year you could use the coupons as stocking stuffers, rewards for good behavior and other fun purposes.

I hope you will consider visiting your local Wendy’s® to purchase a Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Book* for $1, which benefits the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®!

To find a location near you please visit Wendys.com. You can also find the brand on social media sites like FacebookTwitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and Pinterest. All the links can be found on the brand’s website.

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Kimberly

*I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

**Coupon book may contain coupons for 5 or 10 free Jr. Frosty™ treats. Prices and participation may vary. Ninety cents to every $1 coupon booklet sold between 9/15/14 and 10/31/14 will benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®. Coupons valid from 11/1/14 through 2/1/15. ©2014 Oldemark LLC,

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