Friday, December 2, 2011

One Year Anniversary Blog!

As we tend to remember the things we are thankful for during the holiday season, I have decided in honor of the blogs one year birthday (ok, it was November 5) I would do a recap of this past year’s entries that are still active. Putting the list together I realized it is a long list so I will try and keep the explanations short! My apologies for the tardiness, this took a lot longer than I thought it would! Enjoy and be sure to show this to friends and family!

Helping donate money towards hunger, mammograms, animals, veterans, autism research, child health, literacy, and the rainforest by simply clicking a button every day.

Enter the code on your coke bottle or container the cans come in for points that can be donated to many causes, including schools and protecting polar bear habitats.

Answer questions on many different subjects and for every question answered right, 10 grains of rice are donated to the United Nations World Food Program.

Product red at starbucks -
Every time you use a starbucks red card at starbucks 5 cents is donated to (red). It looks like this is only going to last until December 31 so make sure to use it now while you can. They also have some (red) mugs that some of the proceeds are donated to the Global Fund to help fight AIDS.

This site allows you to play games while donating money to multiple causes that are doing good in our world including the Ronald McDonald House, and soon United Way and UNICEF. It now takes you to facebook to play and I’m not sure if you need to have a facebook account to play.

You vote for 5 different projects that you want to help support and the projects that have the most votes at the end of each month get the money that they were up for. The money projects receive is from $5,000 to $50,000.

You can send in your used cards to St. Judes Ranch and they will take them, make them into new cards, and sell them to help raise funds. The children at the ranch help with the card project learning many valuable skills.

On the top of many different food and household products are box top labels. They are worth ten cents for each label and can be taken to most schools to help them raise funds.

Teens for jeans –
I know this is happening again this year however I am being turned away from the webpage so I cannot tell you exact details. It is at the beginning of next year so make sure to save any jeans you were planning to throw away so that you can donate them once this project starts.

Answer two questions every day, one about dogs and one about cats. Whether you answer the questions right or wrong, 10 pieces of kibble are donated to shelters all over the United States.

Tropicana has codes, like coca cola, on their products. If you enter the code and where you bought the orange juice you will be given points that can be donated to help save the rainforest.

Labels for education -
This is very much like box tops however it is labels for education and the schools are given points and not money. The points can be turned into items from a catalog that they have.

This will be starting up once again very soon as we head into the new year. Places are always looking for dresses to be donated and what better time than right before we get into prom season! There are other dress donation sites that I have listed in the blog entry titled Prom Dress Donation.

You help entrepreneurs start and/or expand their businesses that usually are not able to. The cool thing about this site is once you are repaid you can either reinvest your money into a new borrower or take your money back. You have the power to be able to help many people.

Disney movie rewards is an online account where you enter codes from Disney movies and music that you have bought or movies that you have seen in theatres. You can turn in your points for various rewards however two that go along with the blog are donating a toy to toys for tots and donating a toy to Kids in Distressed Situations.

Good search -
Good search is a search engine like Yahoo and Google yet when you use good search one cent is donated for every search to either the nonprofit of your choice or the daily nonprofit that is chosen by good search.

Jamie Oliver has created a mission to help educate people on healthier ways to eat. He focuses on school lunch and you can help him by signing his petition to help bring better and fresher food to schools.

Daily feats -
Daily feats allows you to check in the good feats that you do daily, like flossing, drinking orange juice, reading, working out, and so many more. You get points for every feat you enter and can get fun things with your points as well as donate your points to Save the Children, Pets 2 Vets, JDRF, Prevent Cancer, and The Promise Collection.

Nike reuse-a-shoe -
Nike takes old shoes that can no longer be worn and makes them into things that can still be used like track surfaces, gym floors, basketball and tennis courts, and even new Nike products. You can drop your shoes off at Nike stores and can also mail them in if you do not live near a drop off location.

All of the post tax proceeds from Newman’s own food products go to the foundation which has donated millions of dollars to thousands of charities.

Little acts of kindness
As we head into the holiday season these little acts of kindness become even more important and available. Whether it is smiling at someone walking down the street, giving water or food to someone on the streets or bringing holiday cheer to those less fortunate try and go offline every once-in-awhile and bring happiness and cheer to others.

Terracycle takes materials that usually cannot be recycled and recycles them into items that can once again be used. They have taken thousands of units of waste and made them usable once again. The nonprofits, schools, or individuals that are collecting the waste receive $.02 for each item sent in and can either donate the money to charitable causes on the website or can use it for their own nonprofit charity or school.

Roozt is under construction but they promote socially responsible buying by having a deal from companies that offer what they believe in. They also have a monthly charity that they donate part of the proceeds to.

Better world shopper -
Better world shopper has graded hundreds of companies on five different categories that can help people shop more ethically. The five categories that they judge companies on are human rights, the environment, animal protection, community involvement, and social justice.

You can make sleeping mats for the homeless out of plastic bags so that they can stay out of landfills and continue to be used. The youtube video shows you how to make the yarn for the mats and the mats themselves.

We give books allows you to read children’s books online while donating a book to children who don’t usually have many, if any, books to read. You can pick the different campaigns that you want to read for and even if you don’t have children it is still fun to read the many books that they have available.

Cards that give back
As you begin to send cards to people all over this holiday season remember to think about buying cards that also help great causes. There are many different cards that can help other people. The three that I blogged about were Phoenix Children’s Hospital cards, St. Jude’s Ranch, and Cards from Africa. These are three wonderful organizations that are doing a lot with the money they receive.

Donate 8+ inches of your hair to wonderful causes that create wigs for children with cancer (locks of love) and women with cancer (pantene’s beautiful lengths).

Music is such an awesome thing and there are so many ways music helps people. There are many songs and CDs that can be purchased that help good causes like broadways Carols for a Cure, Playing for Change, and African Children’s Choir. I also noticed when I signed into iTunes that the Killers have a (RED) Christmas EP right now and all the proceeds will be donated to the Global Fund to help fight AIDS.

Care2 is a site that has the daily clicks to help good causes as well as petitions that you can sign and daily actions that can be done to help others and our environment.

Sevenly is working on raising capital and awareness to many organizations doing good throughout our world with the help of a weekly shirt. Each week they choose a different organization, make a unique shirt for that cause and sell it for a week and $7 of each shirt sale goes to the organization being recognized.

Make sure you write your letter to Santa this Christmas season and drop it into one of the letterboxes at a Macy’s near you. For every letter they receive they are donating $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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