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Help support the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals with Rite Aid’s Annual Miracle Balloon Campaign

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It’s that time of year again – Rite Aid’s 21st annual paper Miracle Balloon campaign to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Rite Aid has been a proud sponsor of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for 21 years. During that time they have help to raise nearly $70 MILLION to help sick and injured children served by the hospitals. That is an amazing amount of money to support the communities the hospitals is serves.

Until Saturday, April 25th (2015), every time you purchase a Miracle Balloon you’ll received $7.00 worth of coupons.

The coupons you’ll receive are for the following;

  • $1 off any Kleenex 6 pack
  • $2 off any Colgate Toothbrush 2 pack
  • $2 off any CFL GE Light Bulb
  • $2 off any Centrum Silver 200ct or higher

The next time you are shopping at your local Rite Aid I hope you will consider purchasing a balloon to support this wonderful organization and all that it is doing to help sick and injured children in your community.

Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at CMNHospitals.org and Facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

For a Rite Aid location near you visit RiteAid.com.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the benefit if a great charitable campaign. Any opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Encourage your friends and family to join the fight the end child hunger

 

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If you are a regular reader of She Scribes you’ll probably recall all the posts I have done over the years in regards to child hunger here in the United States.

A few years ago I flew down to Tampa, Florida and helped out at a food bank as well as had the opportunity to visit a Feeding America food warehouse. It was truly an eye opening experience.

If you are interested you can read about my experiences working with Feeding American in these posts.

The Face of Hunger Part 1

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

My eye opening experience at a mobile food bank

Needless to say I didn’t have to travel all the way to Tampa to understand just how serious the issue of hunger in America is. It’s happening right now – in your very own “backyard.”

Some people assume that they could tell a hungry person from one who is not. The truth is that food insecure families do come across as looking like “starving” people. You would be surprised at how many families living in nice homes, driving nice cars and working full time are struggling to put food on their table. You cannot assume you know their stories. Just because they have a roof over their heads doesn’t mean that the parents lost their job or had their hours cut and they are struggling to get by day by day. For all you know their home is at risk of foreclosure and their cars might be repossessed. Another words, food insecure families are all different. The only thing they have in common is finding a way to feed their families.

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Did you know that 1 in 5 children are at risk facing hunger? Think about 5 of your children’s classmates. It’s possible one of them comes from a food insecure home.

My kids are teenagers and they know how serious this issue is. They know kids at school who participate in the free meal program at school. They know all too well that it might be the only meal their classmates have that day. I can’t imagine what these kids go through when school is not in session, like spring break. Does that mean those students are going to go to bed hungry most nights of their spring break – a time when they should be having fun and enjoying the time off from school.

Since my kids were off for spring break, and looking for something constructive to do, I thought I would take the to our local grocery store with a $50 gift card to see how much food they can get that we could donate to our local food bank. I challenged them to maximize as much food as they could get for the $50 by checking out what items were on sale. I also encouraged them to look for healthier for you options.

I must say that my kids did a really good job. They found pasta on sale for .88 each and cereal on sale for $1.99 a box, among other things. They also picked up oatmeal, soup and other great food options, including snack items like crackers and Goldfish.

I tried to get a photo of my kids, but being teenagers, they were not too keen on posing.

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The loaf of bread in the photo was ours. I was craving PB&J and we ran out of soft, fluffy bread. :-)

We left the grocery store with several bags.

I think this was a great lesson for my kids. Not only did they shop for others in mind, they also looked for good food options and learned a lesson in how to get the most for your money by checking out sales and opting for store brands instead of name brands in some cases.

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We took the food right over to our local food bank after we were done shopping and met one of the employees there. We also brought over some ice cream that I had received to review (long story, mix up with shipping – I was sent A LOT of ice cream) which they were happy to accept because ice cream is not something they normally get donated and the people their food bank serves would appreciate the dessert, especially for the holiday.

I didn’t take photos inside the food bank. I felt uncomfortable asking to do that. My kids did get the opportunity to see inside and see how the shelves looked.

We are planning on returning soon with clothing. The food bank we took the food to also gives those in need clothing and toys for the kids (depending on donations). My kids need to spring clean their dresser drawers so we’re hoping to go back with clothing donations as well as more food.

There are plenty of ways you and your family can get involved to make a difference in YOUR community. Please visit ChildHungerEndsHere.com for more information as well as great project ideas.

ConAgra Foods and the ConAgra Foods Foundation are doing what they can to support the 16 million children in the United States who are not getting enough to eat.

ConAgra and the ConAgra Foods Foundation has been committed to fighting hunger for over 20 years by donating food, creating valuable partnerships and working together to find solutions to this growing problem.

If you would like to learn more about ways ConAgra Foods is helping to fight child hunger please visit this website.

ConAgra Foods has partnered with Soul Pancake to hear what children thought about hunger and way in which people might be able to help. You can see what these children have to say on the Child Hunger Ends Here website.

One of the easiest ways YOU can help is simply by buying specially marked packages of ConAgra foods and entering in the special 8 digit code on the ChildHungerEndsHere.com website. From March – August 2015, ConAgra Foods will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America, up to 3 million meals. Look for the pushpin logo on specially marked packages (as seen below).

How do you and your family help to fight hunger in your community? Are you involved in any special projects?

In what ways can you and your family help fight hunger? What ideas do you have in mind? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas.

You can also share your ideas on social media using the hashtag #FightHungerTogether.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with ConAgra Foods and The Motherhood to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. I also received a gift card that was used to purchase the donated food. 

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Please help Make-a-Wish “Give Wishes Wings”

 

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Are you familiar with the Make-a-Wish Foundation? If not, the Make-a-Wish Foundation is a wonderful organization that helps to grant wishes to children with life threatening illnesses.

The Make-a-Wish Foundation recently launched a new campaign to help make even more wishes come true for sick children. The new campaign is called “Give Wishes Wings.”

Give Wishes Wings is hoping that people will donate their airline miles to help make wishes come true. Some wishes children make require air travel. As you know, air travel can be very expensive. By donating your miles it can help off set the cost for making wishes come true which means even more wishes can be fulfilled.

Last year Make-a-Wish granted 14,000 wishes. Almost 3 out of 4 wishes require airline tickets, that is why it is so important to help find ways to cover the cost of airfare for the children and their families.

I think this is a wonderful idea. My family and I don’t travel much and the last time we went on a plane was 12+ years ago. We don’t have any bonus miles or I would gladly donate them to this great campaign.

Please take a moment to view this video to learn more about Give Wishes Wings.

 

Many airlines offer frequent flyer bonus airline miles that can be redeamed for tickets including Delta, United, American Airlines and JetBlue.

The Make-a-Wish Foundation would love for you to not only consider donating your miles points, but also create a video and post is on social media to encourage you friends, family, coworkers and social media followers to do the same. The official hashtag is #GiveWishesWings.

If you would like to learn more about this campaign, or to learn how to donate your miles points (or even make a cash donation) please visit GiveWishesWings.org. On the site you can see videos submitted by others for inspritation.

To learn more about the Make-a-Wish Foundation or to see how you can help make wishes come true in other ways please visit MakeaWish.org.

If you don’t have bonus miles points I hope you will consider sharing this information with people you know who have them. Thank you!

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the benefit of the campaign.

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Check out what is new from Kohl’s Cares

 

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If you read my blog on a regular basis you might recall how much I adore the wonderful products that are offered as part of the Kohl’s Cares program.

Often Kohl’s Cares offers consumers fun and popular books along with beautifully made plush animals that go along with the book (each sold separately). They also offer cute toys and things for grown ups too.

In the past have purchased (or have been given) book from Dr. Suess and Disney. Some I have kept for my own collection, others I have donated to the classroom where I work. The same applies to the plush animals. Some I have kept and others I have donated to our classroom.

Here are some examples.

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The “Put Me In The Zoo” and “RIO 2″ plush and book are mine that I keep on my bookshelf along with a Dr. Suess book and plush from Kohl’s Cares and another plush/book set.

Children love the snugly plush animals and the books are very popular with children because they are titles (or characters) that they are familiar with.

Kohl’s Cares has new products available. This time they are books and plush based on Disney * Pixar films such as Up, Cars and Toy Story.

Kohl’s Cares sent me a wonderful surprise recently. It contained a Cars book and plush (Lightening McQueen) and a Toy Story book and plus (Rex). If you follow me on Instagram (SheScribes) you probably saw the pictures of them that I uploaded.

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Kohl’s Cares also has products for “grown ups” too (personally I enjoy the children’s books and plush the best), as well as toys such as puzzles and activity books. I have some awesome cookbooks I’ve purchased from Kohl’s Cares.

Kohl’s Cares also sent me a activity book with a dry erase marker based on characters/movies from Disney * Pixar films. I donated it to our classroom, however I took the dry erase marker. We’ll hold on to that for the older kids (little ones and dry erase markers don’t got well together – ha ha).

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The great thing about Kohl’s Cares products is that each one is only $5.00. Where else can you get a quality made plush for only $5.00? Even the books cost more than $5.00 in most books stores. For $10.00 you could give a child a lovely gifts of a beautiful book and an adorable plush.

If your child attends a lot of birthday parties it would be a great idea to stock up on Kohl’s Cares items. They are only $5.00 each and they look like you spent a lot more. Plus you can give book/plush sets ($10 in total) and it would make for a beautiful gift for a child. Not only do they get a new plush friend they also get a book to read, and as you know, encouraging a child to read is very important.

I just purchase the book “UP” and the plush Dug for my personal collection.

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Some sets I love to keep for my family. Others I like to donate to our classroom.

In addition to the wonderful products Kohl’s Cares offers, proceeds from the sales of these products goes towards children’s charities. Kohl’s Cares donates 100% of the net profit to Kohl’s Cares charities that support kid’s health and education programs nationwide. Since 2000 Kohl’s Cares has raised and impressive $257 million dollars. Talk about a “win-win” situation. You get wonderful products and the proceeds goes towards children’s charities.

You can find Kohl’s Cares products around the check out aisles in Kohl’s stores, as well as online (do a search for Kohl’s Cares). Kohl’s Cares products sell out quickly, so if there is something you have your eye on don’t wait too long. In addition Kohl’s Cares offers new products several times a year.

For more information or to find a Kohl’s location near you visit www.Kohls.com. You can also find Kohl’s on the various social media sites (all the links are found on the bottom of their website).

Do you have any Kohl’s Cares products? I know they have been around for a while. I’ve seen some wonderful products I wish I had known about because I would have purchased them.

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Kimberly

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

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Gifts with a purpose (Giveaway ends 12/12/14)

 

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During the holiday season we’re all on the look out for great gifts for family and friends. Some people like to brave the mall at 5:00 AM on Black Friday. Others, like myself, prefer to shop in the comfort of their own home on Cyber Monday and throughout the holiday season.

Did you know that gift cards topped the list of popular holiday gifts in 2013? I believe that. When you don’t have a clue as to what to gift someone a gift card is always a viable option. Personally I prefer an actual gift, but gift cards are not a bad idea either. That way the gift recipenent can purchase exactly what they want or need.

Speaking of need, another viable gift option is a gift from the 2014 World Vision Gift Catalog.

The 2014 World Vision Gift Catalog features 250+ gift ideas ranging in price from $10 to $39,000. The items are available both online and through their print catalog. I prefer to shop online and save a tree. :-)

The gifts available through World Vision aid women, children and families in the U.S. and around the world improve their quality of life.

Since it began in 1996, the World Vision Gift Catalog has grown in popularity as a gift-giving alternative; more than 844,000 people helped someone through the Catalog in the last fiscal year alone

There are different gift options through World Vision. You can either donate funds to purchase much needed supplies for families in need around the globe, or purchase tangible gifts that you can give to a loved one (or keep for yourself) and funds will go an aid those in need.

Here are a few examples.

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Donate 5 Ducks ($35)

Give ducks to a hungry family today, and they’ll benefit from hundreds of large, protein-rich eggs all year long. Extra duck eggs and hatched ducklings can be sold to buy medicine or help send a child to school.

A duck also offers valuable down-feathers, famous for their thermal insulation and padding — great for use in bedding materials and warm clothing, or to fetch much-needed income at the market. Ducks even produce fertilizer that can dramatically increase crop yields.

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Donate $200 worth of necessities in the U.S. ($25)

Your gift helps deliver basics like new clothing, shoes, and more to help U.S. children in poverty. Thanks to corporate product donations, your gift will multiply 8 times in impact!

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Silver Vines Bracelet ($85)

Your gift to help where most needed will address specific, urgent needs that might otherwise go unmet for a child, family, or community. As a memento of this gift, you’ll receive this gorgeous, adjustable silver cuff bracelet with an intricately laced vine pattern, designed by artisans in Old Delhi, India. This stunning piece is the result of once-mistreated jewelry makers banding together to support their families through fair trade practices.

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Fair Trade Coffee Set ($65)

With your gift of $65 or more to where most needed — which provides for the unique needs of children and families worldwide — you will receive this delicious 12-oz. whole bean coffee set. Delicious flavors from Ethiopia, Sumatra, and Costa Rica blended by OneCup.org are delivered in a gift bag of African fabric hand-sewn by local women. Also included is a hand-carved olivewood scoop, crafted to benefit more than 200 orphans of the Kamba tribe.

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Help where it’s needed most…AND get a gift for yourself or someone you care about! Your gift to where most needed will help address specific, urgent needs that might otherwise go unmet for a child, family, or community. As a memento of this gift, you’ll receive this box of cinnamon. Vietnam’s renowned sweet cinnamon is a renewable resource collected from the Cassia tree, sold to benefit generations of hard working families. This beautifully carved cinnamon bark box contains 3 oz. of cinnamon and bears a common Asian character for prosperity.

I received a BEAUTIFUL set of hand carved serving spoons from World Vision to review. They are unique and truly beautiful. I have used them a few times already. They are great for fancy dinner parties or your every day meals.

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Hand-Carved Serving Spoons ($65)

A perfect gift for holiday entertaining, each beautiful set of two hand-carved olivewood serving spoons is delivered in a gift bag of African fabric hand-sewn by local women. The serving spoons are made to benefit orphans of the Kamba tribe in Kenya.

These serving spoons would be the perfect gift for a “foody”, new homeowner, newly married or engaged couple or for someone who simply loves pretty and unique things. You can also gift them to yourself.

These serving spoons need to be hand washed and air dried to protect them from drying out.

Because they are hand made no two pieces are exactly alike.

The handmade bag is a great way to protect the serving pieces when not in use or you can re-purpose the bag to fulfill another need.

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This holiday season when you are looking for a great gift to give someone special this year, please consider the gift options at World Vision. Not only will your loved one receive a unique gift, you’ll also be doing your part in helping those in need.

For more information visit www.WorldVisionGifts.org or call 1-855-WV-GIFTS.

You can also check out World Vision on Facebook and Twitter. The official hashtag for gifts is #GiftCatalog.

World Vision would like to give a lucky reader the same serving spoon set that I received to review. You can keep it for yourself or give it as a gift. Thank you World Vision.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 12, 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. You must be 18+ to enter this giveaway.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this set and if you plan on keeping it for yourself or giving it as a gift?

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 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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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.

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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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